Café will donate 10 percent of May 27 sales to relief for Kumari, Nepal

Help an earthquake-damaged Nepal village by visiting Doppio café on May 27.

Doppio, 310 Oak St., will give 10 percent of all sales that day to support rebuilding of homes in Kumari, Nepal after the earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation in late April and early May.

Peter Marbach of Hood River, who has spent time in Kumari, said it costs just $280 to rebuild a home for a family of 10 or more in Kumari.

The $280 purchases locally-sourced tin which families will use for a more permanent roofing to put on patched up stone and bamboo structures. International aid groups offer tarps which will not survive the wind and rain, according to Marbach.

“It would be wonderful if Hood River coffee drinkers would flock to Doppio on May 27 and purchase enough coffee and pastries to build a home for one family in Kumari,” he said

“There are 370 families who need their homes rebuilt. It would be a great gesture, from our mountain village to a mountain village in Nepal, if we can help rebuild one home at a time,” Marbach said.

Ryan’s Juice, Ground, and Copper West Properties have also made “significant donations,” according to Marbach.

Before the earthquake hit, Jagat Lama, Nepal trekking guide and community leader of the Kumari region, was in the process of trying to acquire land to plant a coffee crop that would become a sustainable source of income to fund the medical clinic, women’s skills center, and higher education for local children.

Marbach will announce what was raised at 7 p.m. on, May 27 before at his book signing with Janet Cook at the Columbia Center for the Arts (details on page A8.)

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