The man’s name is Derek Cowen. I don’t know him personally; I came across him on Facebook.
The fundraising drive says that he decided to travel after suffering from depression and almost taking his own life. On the road, he decided to help people when he realised happiness mattered more. The fundraising page has two videos, his website also has a video and his blog contained a number of posts, many of them vlogs.
I share with you the first the video featured in his drive partly because it features Taltuleshwori School, the school COMMITTED is rebuilding. Uploaded on YouTube in November 17, 2015, you’ll see Taltuleshwori’s Temporary Learning Center (TLC).
The following video, which appears on his website and uploaded only three weeks ago, goes into the details of what he is doing in Thangpalkot. Apparently, he lives in the village!
I am aware some may wonder why I am featuring the story of a random guy raising funds for the reconstruction of houses in COMMITTED’s project site. It’s simple really.
I for one believe that it doesn’t matter who helps those in need; what matters most is that those in need are helped.
September 7, 2017 Update
Some time after my return to Nepal following my 13-month visit to the US, I ran into Cowen’s collaborator. He, like Cowen, had spent time in the village of Thangpalkot, but was on his way back home in Europe. We exchanged contact details but I seem to have lost them and he never got in touch. On my first couple of post-quake visits to Thangpalkot in the Spring of 2016, I did see a few of the house Cowen and his team had built. Then, I stopped hearing about him and his work.
And then some time ago, I came across, on Social Media, details of someone else who had picked up where Cowen left off. Calling itself Campbells Foundation, Paul Campbell, a British, is raising funds to fund the reconstruction of the houses Cowen had planned to rebuild in Ward no. 1 of Thangpalkot VDC.
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The fact that I have featured Derek and his work here does NOT necessarily mean that
I whole-heartedly endorse his mission and/or anything else he is doing
even remotely associated with that mission and/or that I can vouch for him.
If you decide to support him in any way, please do your own homework before doing so.
I offer these details for your information only.
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Rebuild 86 homes in Nepal village. Derek’s GoFundMe fundraiser page.
Help the Journey. Derek’s homepage which as of now has just one video and a link to the above fundraiser page.
Entrepreneur on a Journey. Derek’s blog which has a number of posts, most of which are vlogs.