Flower KC, Underside Manager
Underside Relaunch Metal For Nepal Charity for COVID-19 Relief
KATHMANDU, April 2020 - Nepal metal band, Underside, has relaunched their Metal For Nepal Charity Initiative - initially started in response to the 2015 earthquakes - to help children and families cope with the devastating impacts of COVID-19.
Since 2015, the Kathmandu-based metal band has actively been using their platform to help people in their home country, through raising funds via international touring, festival appearances, and by rebuilding 300 homes destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes. Now they are making an appeal to fans, friends, family and metalheads across the globe to help in any way they can.
They have released a COVID-19 Appeal video and the following statement:
“Hello, this is Underside from Kathmandu, Nepal. We hope you’re all keeping safe in
these strange times. We’re aware the whole world is struggling with the consequences of
this pandemic; but we wish to urgently highlight the crisis currently afflicting a low-income
country like Nepal.
As seen in many societies, it’s the people at the bottom of the ladder suffering the most.
Thousands of Nepalese migrant workers from India are trying to get home, causing a
humanitarian crisis at the border. People haven’t had access to food and water for days.
This is simply unacceptable. Even in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu, daily wage workers who are unable to work are dying from starvation. We want to do something about it, just as we did during Nepal’s cataclysmic earthquake in 2015, which destroyed over 600,000 homes.
With the help of our amazing Swiss friends at the No Silence for Nepal Association and the
support of the global metal community, we were able to build over 300 homes in the
district of Gorkha. We know that together, we can make a difference for people in Nepal again.
We firmly believe the Metal and Arts community will come together once again and help those most in need! We are requesting your support in whatever way you can. Stay safe and lots of love from Kathmandu, Nepal.”
The most urgent requirement is for funds to feed children and families hit hardest by the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Donations can be made here: https://www.metalfornepal.org/donate
The band is donating profits from their online store with a range of band merchandise,
plus donated artwork from international Tattoo Artists such as John Ma (Nepal), Bimal Rai
(Nepal), Ahaj Man (Thailand), Arne (Germany), Dong Dong Ci (China) and many more –
check out what’s on offer here: https://www.metalfornepal.org/store
For those unable to donate – or even those who can – the band is encouraging people
to harness the power of social media to spread awareness, make a post, record a video,
go live, and let followers know about the cause anyway they can.
For more information about Nepal and the impact of COVID-19 see our Factsheet and visit www.metalfornepal.org
A photo bank for media use can be found here.
All photos should be credited to: ⓒMetal For Nepal
Metal For Nepal is a registered charity that brings together the global metal and art community to provide support for people living in poverty through various initiatives including food distribution, community support and ensuring children can access their right to education.