namaste nepal – happiness project

the happiness project.

namaste . “I bow to the divine in you” .

At the end of 2013 childhood friend Matt Darvas and I were emailing, filling one another in about life. Matt lives in Nepal with his wife Brittany who works as a community developer for INF and Matt working for World Vision. During these emails he suggested that I should create a collection based on Nepal. So I booked my tickets and joined the World Vision GlobalOne trip with photographer and great friend Dusk Devi Gold to Nepal the following April.

This is where the ‘Happiness Project’ came into fruitation. I wanted to share the Nepali story through imagery. We travelled around Nepal and I got the opportunity to work with World Vision in two communities on the Happiness Project where the World Vision team and Kailali District and Chisapani communitie’s drew what they believe happiness is. We then explained our drawings and exchanged them with one another. 

This project ended up being so much deeper then I had anticipated. The Nepalese peoples drawings consistently had the same imagery.

Sanitation – hospitals – schools – equality – water pumps – roads .

Everything that we take for granted back home.

Even though the people of Nepal suffer from such incredible poverty, they are honestly the most generous, kind and caring people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with. The drive and ambition of the people is awe inspiring. All they need is the tools required to fulfill their dreams.

A year later on our return from Nepal, the most kind hearted people have been devastated by two huge earthquakes and are even further away from reaching their happiness.

 

Mitchel Cox and I have turned these artworks into print which we are now selling in the form of boardshorts, bringing awareness to the stories we heard and saw when we visited Nepal which has now been destructed due to the Earth Quakes. 

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Our full collection will be out in Fall 2016, to continue raising awareness, stories and donations for the people of Nepal.

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