Photo from Namaste Cafe's Facebook page
Namaste Café, one of the most beloved restaurants in Uptown, is a core gathering spot for those who like to eat healthy. But did you know that owner Rajee Aryal and the café’s other owners all grew up in Kathmandu, and that their families are back on the ground in Nepal, helping earthquake victims?
It’s true. And they need your help. “We started a fundraising effort on Crowdrise,” Aryal says. “My family and friends are back there—my mother-in-law is feeding people in her kitchen every day as a way to help. My sister was starting an outdoor learning center in a rural area—now she’s devoting herself to helping earthquake victims full time, dressing wounds, finding drinking water, finding out what each village needs. We’re hoping to raise funds to get to people on the ground in Nepal, whether they’re related to us or not. All the teas we serve are brought in directly from Nepal, our business associates who buy tea know the country and the farmers. There really is no government effort yet because they’re so overwhelmed, and I feel like we are the ones who have the resources, and so we are the ones who have to help.”
Agree? Donate on Crowdrise or stop by the restaurant to donate in person. Aryal has lots of ideas on how to make every dollar donated trackable, so you can know your money is being well spent. She’ll tell you all about them; ask for her. Also, reach out to Aryal if you have other ideas for how to help, she has some local engineers lined up and is open to more ideas too.
Namaste Cafe, 2512 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-2496, namastechai.com