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Published July 7th 2016
Nepal where the people's heart are bigger than the mountains
Holiday in Nepal
When a holiday retreat and the welcoming people become a heartfelt journey of a lifetime for you and then tragedy strikes those people, how would you react? Well Mark Pinoli, CEO of Logged On Foundation, had exactly this happen to him. He had a long running relationship with the awe inspiring people and country of Nepal over 19 years.
Whenever he travelled there he was inspired by the communities and loving natures of the people. And he wanted to help these people who selflessly shared, the very little food and shelter they had, with Mark. When he tried to help in kind, they would not ask for things for themselves, but for their children. They would ask for something simple we all take for granted in Australia. They would ask, for their children to get an education so to become strong adults.
Loving, generous families of Nepal
This always amazed Mark, as so selfless and nurturing. He reflects, " the people of this region are pretty specialů Their hearts are as big as the mountains that dominate their landscape."
What a wonderful ethic that should be honoured around the world and celebrated as a society.
And so Mark continued to enjoy the people, their culture, and their loving natures on his many trips. And then tragedy struck with the earthquakes of 2015. Over 3 million were left homeless, 9000 lost their lives and over 50,000 classrooms across the nation where decimated. Families were devastated, communities torn asunder, and children lost and anguished at what was happening around them. This included the loss of their schooling routine.
Local families, educators and community leaders banded together. Their concerns were real and grave. A country's young generation were about to be lost to increasing poverty, without proper education and opportunities for their futures.
Families started asking for donations, but not for themselves, but to help them rebuild their schools. When a Nepal school started asking for computers, for Mark the penny dropped. He know knew in his heart how he could help. He could help these communities with the rebuilding of the countries education walls and windows.
So he and mates started a not for profit foundation and called it "Logged On". And they also started deploying computers for these laughing, happy children. Yes, still bright and happy and eager to learn despite all they had experienced.
This astounding story has now been documented in a, not to be missed film, called "Earth-Q". According to film maker Mark, "it is a journey through the beauty of the Himalayan region of Nepal, a celebration of the welcoming nature and selflessness of its people, and a witness to the appeals of teachers and parents for help to get their children out of tents and tin shelters into proper classrooms.
Donated Computers help kids catchup on education
The film covers travel to three different schools across the nation. The first is Gorkha District and it had 19 classrooms completely destroyed where 350 children learned basic education. The second school is in the Dolakha District, and has around 300 students, where nothing was left but a building frame. And finally in the Tanahun District, we meet a family of 11 who live in a small tin shelter with their ailing grandmother and yet they are happy and bonded and strong in the face of such adversity.
Open Air schools as they rebuild
Mark has been a passionate photographer all his life and this is his first "film" event and you will not want to miss it.
And you have a chance to see it all over Australian as it screens around the country, starting in Melbourne Thursday, 28 July 2016 @ 6.30pm at the ACMI Federation Square Cinema, Melbourne
TICKETS are $20 (concession $15) and ALL PROCEEDS from ticket sales will go towards rebuilding one of the schools featured in the film.
It will also air in Sydney 19 August 2016 and Perth 29th of July.
See the website earthq.loggedon.org.au for further details.
The beauty of the cinematography will astound as it brings this heartfelt journey alive. Trust me, there will not be a dry eye in the house, so don't forget your tissues.
It was a honour to use the stunning photos supplied by the Logged On website.