WHY DID YOU DISTRIBUTE SCHOOL BAGS INSTEAD OF BADLY NEEDED SHELTER AND FOOD SUPPLIES?
The main reason was that much of that work was already being done by so many individuals, NGO's and INGO's. We wanted to target our support toward the children - the future decision makers of Nepal - the young and vulnerable - at a time when all the energy of support would be on their communities in terms of housing, food and medical support.
We felt that to tell the children, through the school bag gift, that they have value - they must continue their education no matter what obstacles come in the way and that they are important, loved and valued members of their communities.
We feel that your mind is the house where you will spend all your life and that this building project will serve you best, no matter what external forces destroy the roof over your head.
WHY DON'T YOU START AN NGO OR REGISTER AS A CHARITY?
Moving Mountain Nepal is now a registered NGO in Nepal, and is no longer only collecting donations for Moving Mountain School Bag. Moving Mountain Nepal will operate as a separate entity in the future to support projects aimed at school children and initiated during the post-quake relief initiatives.
WHERE ARE THESE BAGS AND CONTENTS MADE?
It was our intention to source everything locally - as close to home as possible to reduce transportation costs and be able to talk with the manufacturers when we want to improve or change something. Therefore - except for the pencils - which are made in India, all the contents and bags are made in Kathmandu. Our philosophy is to keep everything local and support local business in this difficult time.
HOW DO WE KNOW OUR DONATIONS ARE BEING USED FOR THE BAGS?
After each distribution of bags to a school we receive a signed and stamped document from the school principal to say exactly what was received in the bags and how many were delivered.