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  • Population:31.01 M
  • Total GDP: 17.921 B
  • GDP per person: $1,300
  • Orphans: 974,000

The following is a first person account from Suman Sapkota of RetailROI Partner Free for Life Since we started partnering with Free For Life, over 552 children had been rescued from human trafficking. On April 25th, the mission changed as a massive earthquake hit the region…here is his story. You can read part 1 of this story here:

A week after we arrived it was a hazy Saturday in the mountain village of Pangtang. This was the first time I had been to this community and we came with earthquake relief aid. The sky had been rainy and cold all morning, so women were sitting in front of fires in their kitchens to warm up. Other members of the village were just returning from the jungle bringing back grass and firewood. The Christians in the community were at church during the 10-12pm weekly service. Local Hindu families were waiting for the local Hindu priest to arrive to do puja (worship).

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The following is a first person account from Suman Sapkota of RetailROI Partner Free for Life Since we started partnering with Free For Life, over 552 children had been rescued from human trafficking. On April 25th, the mission changed as a massive earthquake hit the region…here is his story.

It was 2am here in the US when I was awakened to a call from my sister. She told me that there was a massive earthquake in Nepal and she was not able to get ahold of our mother and Peace Rehabilitation Center (PRC) President, Shanta. I was stunned with fear, because I knew she was traveling to visit a girl PRC had recently rescued from trafficking in India. I couldn’t sleep. The news said named the districts hardest hit by the earthquake. I was sick to my stomach because I knew she was in one of the epicenter districts. I was ready to hear the worst, but after two hours we finally got through. She had left a building that collapsed in the earthquake a mere 10 seconds later. Her voice shaky, anguished and fearful, she explained that those ten seconds saved the life of two PRC board members, one full time staff, and herself. I could not bear to be in the United States thinking of all the Nepalese that needed my help. After praying and seeking wisdom, I decided to return to Nepal and help in the Aid efforts. I contacted all of the male PRC staff and told them to prepare to go into the community to help.

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Earlier this year our very own Greg Buzek was honored as one of the NRF's List of People Shaping Retail's Future for the work we are doing with the Retail Orphan Initiative. It's sometimes difficult to put into words what ROI is all about and the impact it's making on kids around the world. Read this awesome Q & A style article that breaks down why we do what we do and how you can get involved, click on link below.

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On April 25, 2015 a 7.9 Earthquake hit Nepal. Because RetailROI partner Free for Life were already working in the area, we were uniquely positioned to help get resources to the remote mountain areas that the government and most aid groups simply didn’t think about. Prior to the earthquake, Free For Life had rescued 553 young girls from sex trafficking on the border of India and Nepal. Their focus now is on helping thousands of families. The following shows the pictures and some of the stories of these heroes in our midst.
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By now you have heard of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. At this time news reports say over 2,500 people have been confirmed dead and 8,000 still missing. One of the hardest hit areas is where we have our border monitoring station for human trafficking and reclamation projects with Free for Life International...

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