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Café sales relieve Nepal

Lauren Bardenett

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Lauren Bardenett



Lauren Bardenett adds the flourish to a coffee drink at Doppio, 310 Oak St., where all day May 27 the café will donate 10 percent of proceeds — drinks and food — to help an earthquake-damaged Nepal village of Kumari. Funds will support rebuilding of homes in Kumari, 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. Marbach will announce what was raised at 7 p.m. on May 27 before a book signing with Janet Cook at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

The window on Nepal opens a bit wider this month following the terrible events in that country. Jim Haun’s photo of a child looking out of a classroom, field of flowers beyond, ran in a “Travelogues” piece published in February, Hood River residents Haun and Jim Pennington provided words and photos of their time in the region of Kumari, helping at the clinic and school.

This spring and summer, Hood River News’ Kaleidoscope will feature wander “Near and Far,” with stories about places in our own backyard (May 20 was about Georgiana Smith Gardens in downtown Hood River) and all around the world (today’s article is on Finland) along with the general array of B1 topics. “Travelogues” is a recurring feature that strives to go beyond a vacation report, and looks at adventures, service projects or other involved experiences that readers would be willing to write about and provide high resolution photos.



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