Economic Development: Mongolia
FIRE has always sold fair-trade locally made products from the communities where we work. We know the people, their stories and their families. FIRE has been working with some of the same artists and women coops in the Bayan-Olgii, Western Mongolia since 2004. All of our Kazakh handi-crafts and Mongolian gers are bought directly from the people who make them. Sell products bought directly from those who made them, without middlemen ensures the maximum support goes to FIRE and helps builds the economy of the communities where we work.
Elder Care: Nepal
Caring for and supporting the most vulnerable in a community helps to improve the entire community. Since the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, FIRE has distributed 3,000 pounds of food and winter clothing to 13 elders in the village of Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang, Nepal. More than 18 months after the earthquake, these village elders were still living in temporary shelters made out of tin or in caves, at 13,000 feet. Most of them had no surviving family members to help them.
Basic Aid and Support: Nepal
Within a month of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake, the community of FIRE’s home base, Flagstaff, Arizona, donated $20,000 through three different fundraisers for aid to the village of Langtang. FIRE distributed $25,000 worth of immediate aid to 60 of the 116 Langtang families, hand-to-hand. This included medical treatment, food, shelter, clothing, and blankets. FIRE volunteers helped build a bridge on the main trail to Langtang Valley in preparation for their move back to the village after the earthquake. FIRE continues to provide basic aid and support occasionally to other communities in Nepal.
Heritage Program: Nepal
Volunteer Trips: Nepal