Nepalese metallers UNDERSIDE have re-launched their Metal For Nepal Charity initiative to highlight the current crisis afflicting Nepal due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kathmandu-based band have made a point of using their success to help their home country previously, raising funds via international touring, festival appearances, and most recently rebuilding 300 homes after the Nepalese earthquake in 2015.
Now they appeal to fans and metalheads across the globe to help in any way they can, releasing 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 wish urgently to highlight the crisis currently afflicting a third-world country like Nepal.
“As seen in many societies, it’s the people at the bottom of the ladder suffering the most. Thousands of 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 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 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 firmly believe the Metal and Arts community will come together once again and help us save lives! 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, with a donation platform live here.
The band are donating all funds from their online store with a range of band merchandise, plus 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.
They are also planning an auction, details of which will be shared soon.
For those unable to donate – or even those who can – the band are 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.
More information is available here.