An 18 year old gap year student from Hendersonville has taken up a personal drive to raise funds for earthquake survivors in Laprak.
Kristian Gaylord is based in Gorkha – near the epicenter of the April quake – and is delivering aid on foot to Laprak village. He is raising funds to ensure people in the village make it through the harsh winter.
Gaylord first arrived in Nepal in October for a trek to the Everest Base Camp. When he heard stories of the suffering in Laprak, he decided to cancel his planned trips to Thailand and Vietnam choosing instead to remain behind to help.
In the months running upto Christmas, the student had also been volunteering on a school construction project in another remote village of Asrang.
“This is my first time in Nepal and I love it,” he said recently. “It’s quite a wonderful country — great food, nice people, cheap prices and a truly amazing landscape.”
The fund-raising goal has been set at $46,000 to cover the cost of medicines and blankets for 2,000 households in the area of Laprak, where overnight temperatures can be between 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
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