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MI Woman Heads To Nepal For Earthquake Relief

PHOTO: Mallory Brown, shown here on a recent service trip to Mexico, is now headed to Nepal to work with different agencies on earthquake relief. Photo courtesy of Mallory Brown.
PHOTO: Mallory Brown, shown here on a recent service trip to Mexico, is now headed to Nepal to work with different agencies on earthquake relief. Photo courtesy of Mallory Brown.
May 7, 2015

FERNDALE, Mich. – While thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu in the wake of last month's devastating earthquake, a 28-year-old Michigan woman is today on a plane headed there, determined to lend a hand.

Mallory Brown of Ferndale already had plans and a plane ticket to travel to Nepal before the earthquake hit as a sort of goodwill ambassador for Crowdrise, a Michigan-based online fundraising program that brings good works to places around the world. She says the disaster only strengthened her resolve.

"I didn't have any question in my mind whether or not I wanted to go,” she states. “The earthquake made such more urgency to a area of the world that I was already invested in and was already in so much need."

Five years ago, Brown founded World Clothes Line, an online apparel brand that matches each customer's purchase by providing clothes to people in impoverished areas.

The death toll from the earthquake on April 25 now stands at more than 7,000, with many more still missing.

No stranger to helping those in need, Brown says she knows the two weeks she will spend in Nepal working with international aid agencies will be difficult, but she believes she will gain even more than she can give.

"When I travel to third world countries I'm so moved, I see such purpose to my life and to theirs, and I think it's a unique perspective," she stresses.

This year alone, Brown has already raised $10,000 to help a displaced family in Haiti, and another $10,000 to build an educational center in Mexico.

So far, she has about $6,000 in donations for this trip, which she is using to bring waterproof, inflatable lights that charge on solar power to Nepal.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI