Please help our friends in Nepal now!
Today not a happy blog about hair, but hard facts and a clear call for help. The terrible earthquake in Nepal is taking more and more lives. Many people want to help and ask us what they can do. At this time, things are not very clear. There is a lot of chaos and communication is very difficult. Kathmandu already had energy supply challenges in the past, the consequences now are disastrous.
In 2007, we founded the non-profit organization Make Up 2 Make Up in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our involvement and consternation is therefore large. This disaster is affecting thousands, including many of our friends and participants in our project.
Our local contacts and co-workers Kim and Laura, Shiva and baby Remi are ok. They have taken shelter at the English Embassy where they are being cared for.
We are still waiting for confirmation from a few people of Make Up 2 Make Up. Some have already let us know that they are ok, we know nothing about others. We hope for the best and assume that they have no internet access or electricity to keep us up to date.
As if the hardship was not bad enough already, we are also receiving word that violence and discrimination against the people of the transgender community is rising. They are being bullied from water and food supplies and are being denied access to lavatories.
Moments like these could bring people closer together, but maybe that’s just naive reasoning. This is certainly not what is happening at the moment with our friends in Nepal.
We still have some money left in the Make Up 2 Make Up account that we will donate as soon as we are certain it will arrive at its destination.
Financial aid is really very important at this time, so this is a clear call for your help:
Please make a donation on bank account number BE15 7310 1699 9930 (Make Up 2 Make Up, SWIFT/BIC code: KREDBEBB), and we will ensure that 100% of your money will arrive in Kathmandu. We don’t have an expensive organization to run or pockets to fill on the way. The people in Kathmandu and Nepal need our support very badly.
Imagine yourself being in the same situation. How happy would you be with a generous gesture for your loved ones, so that you could take care of your kids and yourself. Water, food, medicine, tents,… so many things are needed. Thousands of people are homeless. They are sleeping in the streets under plastic sheets and the rainy season is approaching. Be generous.
Karma is not a bitch!
About Make Up 2 Make Up
This project started whilst on holiday in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2007. When meeting and talking to several people from the transgender community, an idea came to mind to organize a seminar in hairstyling and make up. There were two important reasons driving me, firstly, lots of interest and demand from the community itself and secondly, personal reasons, I wanted to find my way to contribute. This seemed like the perfect moment and a unique opportunity.
At the end of October 2008, I arrived back in Kathmandu. Packed with a suitcase full of materials, some clothes, a lot of enthusiasm and a detailed plan. Upon my arrival the detailed plan was the first thing to go. Nothing came even close to the way I imagined it to be. Starting with a small group of 7 people, interest grew daily to almost 30 by the end of the seminar. Packed with lots of fun and dedication a base was created for further development. Giving the project time to develop, it was a year later before I returned.
I was truly amazed and pleasantly surprised to see the impact of what had been done within a year. Some students really kept on practising and working hard, and were about to embark on an interesting and changing career. One student won a competition prize, to train as a make up artist for a big brand, some worked for big shows and events, but the best thing was they all returned to class a year later. The group has now new students and others doing a follow up seminar.
Conclusion: The Nepal project is definitely working. There is a great base from which we can proceed and start to think bigger. The local motivation is there, it just needs a good follow up. The importance of education and training has been proven very clearly. The students realize that this project gives them a great opportunity to change their life and there life-conditions. A real job can provide them with security, keep them off the streets and from a life in the sex industry.
That’s why it is so important to keep up the support. They need money, logistic and practical help. We are fully committed to this project and return every year to support students and staff. The more support, the better work we can do.
A big thank you in advance on behalf of the people in Kathmandu.
Members of the board:
Dirk Van den Eede