These people have so little and we have so much and then the earth literally moves under their feet and what little they have is taken away from them. They have lost their friends, families, homes, jobs, everything in just a few minutes. They are sleeping in the open. They are living in constant fear and they are grieving.
Charities race into action. My television, my email, my phone is flooded for requests for donations. They all want money. Money. Money. Money. I get told that it is easier and cheaper to source goods locally than to transport second hand goods. I get told they don't have warehouses and sorting centres. I get told it's too hard for them to take goods to disaster zones. I'm told to donate the goods to the local charity shop who will sell them for MONEY. I'm told that transportation costs are too high (and yet flights are still arriving in Nepal).
I find this disgusting for so many reasons.
- Not everyone has money to give but everyone has the capacity to give something.
- A charity which aims to help people in need are unwilling to tackle the difficulties involved.
- When offered donated goods, charities turn their noses up.
We have another collection scheduled for today. But now I'm not sure what I am going to do with the goods.
Originally, these goods were destined for a British Army collection in Aldershot but the outpouring of generosity meant that these containers filled up very quickly and by mid morning they were full.
My car is full of these goods because as of this morning I have no where to take them. The British Red Cross initially agreed to the transportation and distribution of the goods. What they were really agreeing to was for me to drop these things off at one of their shops so they could resell it.
I've spoken to DEC only to find that all they want is MONEY.
Global Hands can't help me because I'm not an official organisation.
Age UK, Oxfam, British Red Cross, and the lot only want my goods for resale in their charity shops.
I am trying to contact the Ghurka division of the British Army to see if they are interested.
NEWS BULLETIN: No one in the UK needs a second hand wooden spoon. Thousands in Nepal need wooden spoons to stir their meagre rice being cooked over an open flame in the outdoor in a crowded tent camp.
I have been in contact with the Nepal Youth Foundation who help thousands of children in Nepal. They are desperate for our goods.
I was warned this might be difficult. When we first communicated our desire to collect goods, there were a couple people who warned us not to do it. We dismissed those naysayers because it was the right thing to do. I still think what we are doing is the right thing to do.
But I need your help. If anyone out there knows how we can get these items to Nepal, please contact me urgently.