SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Alison Hudson planned to stay in Nepal until May to film her documentary, but that plan was cut short after the deadly earthquake struck in April, killing thousands. She is safe and now back home in Maine.
From Southwest Harbor, Hudson explained the earthquake as “riding in a subway train and going around turns where everything is moving.”
She has been working on a documentary abouT Sherpas working on Mount Everest. She said it was just a few hours before the deadly quake hit that she was still on Mount Everest.
“I was visiting base camps and making my way to the airport and it was when I got to my apartment that the shaking began,” said Hudson.
Hudson has been in Nepal since January and was aware of the high chance for an earthquake, which she believed helped her know what to do, to go to the door way.
Her building luckily did not collapse, but everyone was evacuated in Kathmandu. She managed to retrieve all of her film footage, and later her other belonging’s.
Hudson explains the need for relief and aid to not just those stuck on Mount Everest, but to those in small surrounding villages. “Some aren’t receiving aid until days later. We need to directly help them all in Nepal. They need it, especially with monsoon season on its way.”said Hudson.
By Friday, Alison was back at her home in Southwest Harbor. She plans to edit her documentary and finish by August 1st.
If you would like to help with aid, you can select any of these links provided by Hudson. She said these are her friends in Nepal who are directly helping those in need.
Links listed below:
Nathan Demers is a friend of mine in the Pokhara region who is using the funds to help provide shelter and food to people in his area: https://www.indiegogo.com/…/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund–1…
Amrit Ale is a good friend of mine who is also raising funds to support villages that were destroyed and which have not received any assistance from the government. His GoFundMe site is: http://www.gofundme.com/communityrebuild…
The Khumbu Climbing Center is raising funds through the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation to support communities in the Khumbu, which are receiving less media attention, but which were heavily damaged in the earthquake. Their site is: http://www.alexlowe.org/p/earthquake-relief
This is another fund created by a close friend and it’s for people of the Khumbu region (mostly Sherpa). The Canadian government has offered to match all the funds she raises: