Hannah and Steve LongenderferVolunteering
In April 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake that the country is still recovering from today. One of Laurel Springs’ courageous students, Hannah Longenderfer, chose to forgo our graduation ceremony in order to travel with her family to Nepal to provide disaster relief. On November 18th, 2015, Hannah and her father joined us to share their experiences from their time in Nepal.
About the Longenderfer Family and their Ties to Nepal
Almost two years ago, the Longenderfer family embarked on a trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Mr. Longenderfer wrote, “We were in awe of the natural beauty of the country’s landscape, but most importantly, the beauty of its people. As a result, we spent several months in Nepal and formed many lifelong friendships.” During this time, the family witnessed the difficulty of daily life and the low economic opportunities that were available to those who lived there. In turn, the Longenderfer family developed business relationships to provide job opportunities as well as a scholarship fund for Nepali children to receive an English education.
The Longenderfer family was planning to visit Nepal to celebrate the launch of their scholarship program when the devastating Earthquake hit. The family quickly set up a “Nepal Aid Fund” and began preparing for the new purpose of this trip. Mr. Longenderfer wrote,
“Of course, this trip has taken on many new dimensions that we could never have imagined. We are committed to stay as long as we can and, as a proud father, touched that my oldest daughter volunteered to skip her high school graduation ceremony so we can extend our trip and stay longer…100% of your contribution to this fund will go directly to the people on the ground because we have virtually no overhead and a vast network of good Nepali people whose needs grow as each new day passes but also willing to help others too. Your contributions will help rebuild homes and schools, reconnect families, provide food, clothing, water, electricity and medical care.”
Since the launch of their “Nepal Aid Fund,” the Longenderfer family has raised over $11,000 and touched countless Nepali families and their children.