I was on the last leg of my return trip to Nepal from the US, flying from Delhi to Kathmandu, on June 8, 2014. Marjolein was flying to Kathmandu to visit her brother and to do a bit of trekking. With nothing but time on our hands, we whiled it away…talking…about a number of things, one of them being COMMITTED’s work.
A later meeting for coffee in Thamel sealed the deal: she would raise funds for our programs!
Back in Holland now, that’s exactly what Marjolein will be doing in just a little over a month. Here are the details:
WHAT? Second-hand clothes market (a garage sale).
WHERE? First floor of Talud 9 on Het Wed, Utrecht.
WHEN? 12:00 pm to 6 pm (and NOT 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm as previously advertised), October 4 and 5. (Appologies for the misinformation; I blame Facebook for being too intelligent for its own good–it converted the Dutch time to Nepal time when I was viewing the page, which is what I put down here!)
Here’s a reproduction of the details (in Dutch) that Marjolein produced on the Facebook Event Page:
Afgelopen zomer heb ik Nepal bezocht. In het vliegtuig naar Kathmandu ben ik in contact gekomen met iemand uit Nepal: Dorje Gurung. Hij heeft samen met een vriend een stichting opgezet die zich inzet voor de educatie. Zij proberen gezinnen en kinderen te enthousiasmeren omdat dit belangrijk is voor de ontwikkeling van het land. Met zijn drive, inspireerde Dorje mij enorm en draag ik zijn stichting een warm hart toe. Ik ben erg onder de indruk van Nepal en wil graag een steentje bijdragen. Samen met Christine Verspui organiseer ik een kledingmarkt het weekend van 4 en 5 oktober. Dit weekend verkopen wij tweedehands, mooie draagbare items die met zorg zijn geselecteerd. Dit alles doen wij op de eerste verdieping van Talud9 op het Wed in Utrecht. Alles wat wij dit weekend ophalen, gaat naar Committed, de stichting van Dorje
And the English translation:
Last summer, I visited Nepal. On the plane to Kathmandu, I found myself sitting next to someone from Nepal: Dorje Gurung. He runs an organization with a friend implementing education-related projects. They try to enthuse families and children about education because this is important for the development of the country. His drive inspired me greatly and I carry a warm heart for his organization and Dorje.
I am very impressed with Nepal and would like to contribute to its development. Together with Christine Verspui I have created an event: a clothes market the weekend of 4 and 5 October. On sale will be carefully selected second-hand, beautiful, wearable items. It all happens on the first floor of Talud 9 on Het Wed in Utrecht. The funds we generate from the sale of the items will go to COMMITTED, the not-for-profit organization run by Dorje.
How you can help
Go to the Facebook Event Page, join the event, if you are in Holland, show up with friends and relatives and shop! Additionally, invite friends who live close by!
If you don’t live there, go to the Facebook Event page anyway and invite friends who do live nearby and encourage them to go and shop!
COMMITTED and I look forward to continued support from, and collaboration with, Marjolein and Christine in our efforts to educate Nepalese children!
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November 7, 2014 Update
Marjolein and Christine were able to raise 1100 Euros from the garage sale, which when received at at COMMITTED amounted to Nepalese Rupees 132,636.43.
I would like to thank Marjolein and Christine on behalf of COMMITTED family for their time and effort. They hope to run another sale in the spring! How great is that?!
Be sure to check this page for updates on how those funds are being used etc.
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May 4, 2015 Update
In light of the recent earthquake in Nepal and the devastation it has left in its wake, with permission from Marjolein, we are re-allocating these funds to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake Relief fund.
Click here for posts related to the earthquake.
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June 4, 2015 Update
Marjolein is organizing another garage sale, raising money for COMMITTED’s Earthquake Relief fund. Click here for more details.