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December 2016
Happy Holidays!

We still need to raise $4,600 to reach $10,000 for our matching contribution. You can donate, doubling your donation, until December 31. 
All donations will directly support our work in Nepal and Mongolia. 

Read below for updates on Langtang's first "Elder House, distributions of food and hepatitis screenings for Mongolians. This is what your support makes possible. 

Double your holiday contribution, help care for the elders of Langtang, Nepal and stop a deadly virus!

Thank you for your continued support, now and always!!
 
All the best, 
 
Meredith Potts
Executive Director
Matching Contribution
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Donate Today!

95% of all donations go directly to program expenses. 

UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2016 
ALL DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED 


You can donate directly on-line here

Checks may also be mailed to -
FIRE / PO Box 22187 / Flagstaff, AZ / 86002.

Thank you very much for your continued support!!
Nepal Distributions and 
the Elder House
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In November,  FIRE distributed 3,000 pounds of food and winter clothing to 13 elders in the village of Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang, Nepal. 

More than 18 months after the earthquake, these village elders are still living in temporary shelters made out of tin or in caves, at 13,000 feet. Most of them have no surviving family members to help them. Many of them have trouble walking and cooking, yet they have been left to fend for themselves in another cold and snowy Himalayan winter.

Please click on the photo below to view the entire photo album of our Langtang distribution.

Dorje Vowa and Bresang with their bags of rice.

On December 1, we moved eight of the most vulnerable
elders into an empty guest house for the winter where they will be warm, fed, cared for and safe. This is the first "Elder House" or care home for older people, in the Langtang Valley. It is a new but much needed concept that the village greatly appreciates and FIRE is proud to pioneer.

Please click on the photo below to view the entire photo album of Langtang's "Elder House".

Norsang and Pasang enjoying a hot meal in their winter home.

In November, FIRE also distributed 800 pounds of food in the village of Wangal. Wangal is in the same district or province as Langtang but much lower in elevation at only 4,000 feet. All nine homes in this village were leveled in the earthquake leaving the nine families homeless. In the 20 months since the earthquake, one aid group has visited them, one time. They were given tin sheets that they used to cobble together temporary shelters.

We took a quick break from our work in Langtang to distribute food to these nine families for the winter. They opted to carry the food up the mountain themselves, saving money on porters which allowed us to buy them more food.

Please click on the photo below to view the entire photo album of the Wangal Distribution.
"Evi" an elder from the village Wangal.
Hepatitis Screening
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On August 8, FIRE was honored to help Hepatitis B Initiative - DC (HBI-DC) to screen 309 Mongolians in Arlington, VA. HBI-DC focuses on screening immigrant populations in the Washington DC area for hepatitis and related diseases. Their unique program model not only addresses an often ignored segment of the United States population, they connect everyone who tests positive to treatment, regardless of their legal status.

17 people were positive for hepatitis B and 29 were positive for hepatitis C. Everyone was connected to treatment, even if they do not have health insurance.

There are an estimated 5-6,000 Mongolians living in the area. Stay tuned as FIRE helps HBI-DC test as many of them as possible!

Below is a video about the August event.

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95% of all donations go directly to program expenses. 

UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2016 
ALL DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED


You can donate directly on-line here. Checks may also be mailed to PO Box 22187  / Flagstaff, AZ / 86002.

Thank you very much for your continued support.
Kazakh Wall Hangings
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We have 9 hand-made wall hangings from the Kazakh region of western Mongolia.  These are beautiful, one of a kind pieces of art. They are lovingly made over several months and given as a gift in honor of a marriage, birth of other special occasion.  

You can  view the wall hangings here If you live in Flagstaff, please visit the FIREWORKS store at 113 E. Birch Ave or  contact us  to view the wall hangings in person.


FIRE - Flagstaff International Relief Effort / info@fireprojects.org / 928-779-2288