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Helping earthquake victims in Nepal with 1 Big Boost - Part 1

  • Posted on: 23 June 2015
  • By: Raven

The trip

Our all wheel drive truck, a crude Chinese clone of a Land Rover, bounced and lurched up the dusty mountain roads for most of the day. We started off from Butwal at the crack of dawn. Proudly strapped to the hood was a banner loudly proclaiming that we - Manimukunda College from Nepal and One Big Boost USA, Nepal and Haiti - were bringing aid to the community. There were eleven of us crammed inside and a cacophony of boxes and bags strapped to the roof.


  Along the way we passed many checkpoints. At most of them we were waved on with little notice but at the crossing into the Gulmi district we were stopped and questioned for nearly half an hour. Police wanted to know where we were going, what our intentions were, what cargo we were carrying and most importantly who were the foreigners in the car. They wanted to make sure we knew the rules set forth by the Nepali government. Our Nepali partners assured them that we were aware, and that they were professors from Manimukunda College. The last detail was what freed us. As a well respected school in Butwal, the closest city, we were free to continue.

The roads are bumpy, lumpy and crude. In many places it looks impossibly narrow for such a truck to navigate, while any mistake would send you careening down the mountain, truck and bodies irretrievable. Many times some or all of us had to get out of the truck and walk, the truck otherwise too heavy to lumber up the mountain. But up we went, higher and higher till one could hardly imagine going any higher. To think they call these hills! I suppose when the backdrop to them is the Himalayas they do seem rather insignificant. Our single blessing was that the road was dry. Dusty, but dry. Had the monsoon season hit in full force it is doubtful we would have made it at all. Somehow, through the persistence and great skill of our driver, we did make it. 

Help 1 Big Boost bring shelters and water filters to Nepali villages

  • Posted on: 20 May 2015
  • By: Raven

The Project:

Our Organization, 1 Big Boost, is a global organization with first hand experience in Nepal as well as in Haiti after the earthquake there. We are not trained first responders but rather what I call second responders. After the first responders have done their super important job of finding and rescuing survivors as well as taking care of the dead, we go in and help them with their next immediate needs. 

How to use Social Networks as an effective and free marketing tool

  • Posted on: 12 February 2015
  • By: Raven

"I need more sales. I need more donations to my organization. I need more people to know who I am or what I'm doing. I can't afford to pay someone to do this so I guess I have to do it myself."

Many of us, including myself, are in this position. It took time to figure all this out, but there are no super-secrets here. I'm putting all the most important components together in an easy to digest format. This way you don't have to struggle through it like I did.

I am writing this primarily to help some not-for-profit organizations I work with. However I will keep the terminology and techniques general enough that anyone can benefit from them.

I'll start with a chart, after which I'll explain each of the elements and how to take advantage of them.

Marketing Chart

Sunrise at Surangkot, Nepal

  • Posted on: 30 March 2014
  • By: Raven

Surangkot sunrise above Pokhara, Nepal

The mythical Surangkot sunrise with views of Pokhara and the Himalayas (specifically Annapurna 2 and Fishtail).

At 5am I got up and met with my new friends Bobby and Gohar. We went to the top of Surangkot, bought a pot of coffee and shivered there with some strangers to await the sunrise. It had been raining for several days and was still overcast so we were a bit concerned, but as the sun rose the clouds rose with it revealing the sun over Pokhara as well as the Himalayas to our left. The moon was still visible above the third view, completing the circle. It was nothing short of magic. 

Himalayas at Sunrise from Surangkot, Pokhara, Nepal


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