By Kevin Alan Lamb
Before the devastating earthquake ever shook Nepal to pieces, Mallory Brown’s intuition told her it was where she needed to be. Brown works for CrowdRise, a crowdfunding platform in Royal Oak, Michigan that only raises money for social good.
“Everyone is super positive! I started doing fundraising challenges where we would find a person in need around the world, capture content, publish it, raise money for 24 hours, then send the money within another 24 hours.”
One month ago the inspirational Ferndale resident scheduled her next crowdfunding challenge in Nepal.
“I chose Nepal in May because I really want to go there. It is very impoverished and needs help. I have some feet on the ground there as well which helps. My videographer is really into energy and believes we are destined to help in Nepal. We are very excited and nervous, it is going to be a life-changing experience.”
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the region surrounding Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. Over 7,000 are reported dead, buildings lay in rubble, and effects have been felt for miles. An avalanche was reported on Mt. Everest…and this is just the beginning.
“I’ve never done disaster relief work. I know will be quite intense and very cool.”
While most of us are celebrating Memorial Day with the ones we love, enjoying a lake, concert, or cold beverage, Mallory Brown will board a plane and fly 7,500 miles to Kathmandu because that’s who she is, and what she lives for.
“I have some logistic fears. My work is time sensitive and requires electricity. But I know I will figure it out!”
Brown will film her entire trip so you can see, first hand, how your donation helps.
A graduate of Albion College, Brown developed a clothing line designed to clothe the world. World Clothes Line was inspired from her travels, backpacking through SE Asia and South America where she was taken back by the incredible need for clothing around the world.
“You buy, we give away, personally, to villages, orphanages, even a lot in Detroit through our US collection.”
World Clothes Line sells casual clothes designed to reflect different countries around the world. Since 2010, they’ve distributed clothes in 15 countries around the globe.
In Haiti she raised $10k in 24 hours for a new house for a displaced family.
In Mexico, Brown raised $10k in 24 hours for an educational center for an impoverished community.
And in Nepal, she has already raised $6,110.
Please visit her campaign, share it with your friends and family, and donate if you’re able! When suffering is present in one of us, it is apparent in all of us.