Images to Inspire Hope | Hope for Nepal

Apr 30, 2015

Images to Inspire Hope - Natalie Carstens & Vinita SalomeJust a few sentences in on an article written by the BBC and I’m already moved to tears.

More than 8 million people have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and the numbers are rising. That’s more than a quarter of the country’s population. It’s incredible to try and imagine it.

One million children are in urgent need of help.

Yesterday evening, I saw on CNN that a four month old baby boy was found alive after being buried under rubble for more than 22 hours. I’m so thankful to read that he’s been cleared of injuries and has been reunited with his parents. It touches my heart.

I think of this family whilst I’m breastfeeding my youngest in the night and under the weight of emotion I need to take a deep breath.

Whilst I cannot relate to their experiences, I see it in their eyes and feel deeply for all those affected by such tragedies. When I think of the children, and babies, my heart breaks for them.

Unquestionably, I am moved to action. Vinita too. Together we have launched a new project through our initiative, Images to Inspire Hope. We hope you will join us in bringing hope to the survivors in Nepal.

Please donate!

Our chosen fund is GIRO555 from De Stichting Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO). This organisation is a partnership of Dutch aid organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children, Unicef, Cordaid and Red Cross Netherlands.


Every little bit goes a long way to helping those in need. We urge you to donate.

You and your children could win a wonderful family photo session on-location in the heart of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague or Utrecht)!

For every 10 euros you donate to the GIRO555 fund for Nepal, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a wonderful family photo session with Vinita Salomé Photography and I, valued at 1000 euros! Increase your chance of winning; donate 100 euros and you’ll receive 10 entries!

The photo session will take place in the heart of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) in the month of September 2015 – I’m currently on maternity leave, hence the later date.

Please see our project announcement ‘Hope for Nepal’ for all the details. The closing date for the prize draw is 31 May 2015. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on 1 June 2015.

Make a difference, today.

Images to Inspire Hope | Family Lifestyle Photo Session

We encourage you to share with your friends and networks, and are so grateful for your support.

With appreciation and love,
~Natalie and Vinita



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