Following the recent earthquakes that shook Nepal a few days ago, I started a campaign to raise funds in order to help the survivors through Karuna-Shechen organization. This operation has been launched but was approximate, a bit panicked, because I knew that I had to be fast if I wanted to be able to raise funds for such an event. When I launched this campaign, I contacted my friend Cindy Jeannon asking her if she would join by also giving away one of her prints. From there was born a short but well packaged project that, unfortunately, will not see the light of day. These words are hers and will shed light on it. Read More →
Last Saturday, while browsing my facebook timeline, I saw a message from my friend Suzan : “We are safe but many people died and big houses fell down in Kathmandu” along with a photograph of the kids of his orphanage and his family outside. They spent the following nights there, under a sole canvas sheet, as many other people did in Nepal, … maybe the “luckiest” of them considering what happened.
It is still hard to me to realise what has just happened. Among my travel experiences, Nepal was the place that made me evolve the most as a human being. The kindness and respect of the people I met and shared precious moments with, be they from the city or the countryside, rich or poor, transformed me.
So in these hard times I want to give back something to them. That’s why I decided to raise funds. The concept is simple: buy a fine art print of one of my photographs of Nepal from the blog, the facebook page or even the portfolio. The integrality of the benefits will then be transferred to Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organisation founded by Matthieu Ricard, and directed towards their relief efforts to help earthquake victims in Nepal.
Do not hesitate to spread the word. I hope that we will be many to support this cause, be it through this print concept or by giving directly to the concerned organisations (which you’ll find a non-exhaustive list here). Only the result matters.
Thanks so much for your help!
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