How Flower Garlands Will Help Children in Post-Earthquake Nepal

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Nepal: Laxmi with her daughter Saniya, 5, at a tented settlement in Kamalbinayak, Bhaktapur, Nepal. Save the Children is providing displaced families essential items with infant kits, which include warm clothes, hats and blankets as well as essential hygiene kits. Save the Children photo.

Bezos Family Foundation to Match Students’ Projects with up to $200,000 for Save the Children Relief Efforts

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SEATTLE, (June 8, 2015) — The Bezos Family Foundation and Save the Children today announced the launch of the Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge, which will give thousands of children temporary schools and other support in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal on April 25.

The Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge is a call to action for students worldwide to make and mail in nonperishable flower garlands. For each garland received, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2—up to $200,000—to Save the Children’s relief efforts in Nepal. In addition to ending thousands of lives, the earthquake and aftershocks destroyed more than 32,000 classrooms; an additional 15,000 have been badly damaged and considered unsafe for students and teachers. Save the Children will use Challenge-matching funds to provide support to thousands of children in Nepal, including temporary learning and play spaces, back-to-school kits and repaired or refurbished schools.

Flower garlands are a common part of life in Nepal: a garland of Rhododendron adorns the country’s coat of arms and is part of the national anthem. In English, the name of the national anthem translates to “Made of Hundreds of Flowers” and the song begins: “Woven from hundreds of flowers, we are one garland that's Nepali…” The people of Nepal also use flowers during important ceremonies, and, as a sign of welcome and affection, they greet visitors with flower garlands.

In addition to providing temporary schools and other support, Save the Children will also give Nepali children a selection of flower garlands made for the Challenge—a symbol of heartfelt wishes of healing and recovery from around the world.

“We believe young people have what it takes to participate in the most pressing issues of our time. With the Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge, students worldwide will come together in support of their peers in Nepal through a powerful call to action that will result in long term recovery for those affected,” said Jackie Bezos, president of the Bezos Family Foundation.

“Getting kids actively involved in helping the children of Nepal offers a tremendous message of solidarity and hope in this very difficult time for many families who have lost everything during the earthquake,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “Save the Children is very proud the Bezos Family Foundation and Students Rebuild have chosen to contribute to our ongoing efforts to help children and parents in Nepal regain a sense of normalcy and start rebuilding their lives.”

The Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge will end on August 31. Flower garlands sent to Students Rebuild should be postmarked by that date. Teams outside of the U.S. may email photos of their garlands if the cost of shipping is cost-prohibitive. For more details and to register for the Challenge, visit http://studentsrebuild.org/nepal.

Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation. The Students Rebuild mission is to inspire young people to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues. Since its inception in 2010, Students Rebuild has mobilized thousands of young people in more than 80 countries and raised more than $2.5 million in matching funds on a variety of issues ranging from natural disasters to water scarcity. Learn more at http://studentsrebuild.org/Nepal #SRNepal

 

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