As everyone knows, on April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake rocked the fragile nation of Nepal, leaving much of historic Kathmandu in rubble and shattered hundreds of thousands of lives.
This earthquake struck in a densely populated area where many people live in already-precarious conditions. The survivors of the worst earthquake in Nepal in 80 years have little refuge and are in immediate need of clean water, food and medicine.
At KEEN, we were shaken to hear the news and immediately organized ourselves to take action.
For the last three years, KEEN has been a proud partner of Mercy Corps’ Disaster Response Corps – which allowed the team to be on the ground, delivering basic humanitarian needs to survivors, directly after the earthquake hit.
Hours later, Mercy Corps’ team in Portland, Oregon, worked with our Portland Team to turn on an online donation platform. Within 24 hours, a $10,000 matching challenge, and a whole community of KEEN fans and friends rallied together, we had raised over $20,000.
We were completely humbled when a friend and fan of KEEN anonymously and graciously offered an additional $10,000 donation. Two days later, the KEEN community – people like you – pooled together $40,000 in relief dollars.
Our friends at Portland Fire and Rescue started organizing quickly as well. Within a week of the disaster, they had raised enough dollars and supplies necessary to fly to Kathmandu to offer their services. They stopped by the garage to get outfitted in protective KEEN Utility boots, and pick up eight additional pairs to deliver to other relief workers on the scene.
We are grateful for the outpouring support from our fans, employees, partners, friends, and families and their quick action to help a community phsycially far from us, but close to our hearts.
The relief effort continues, please feel free to continue to support Mercy Corps’ efforts