The charitable work of Horizontal Integration employees and partners is as important as their paid work. In addition to working with such clients as the Starkey Hearing Foundation, we’ve also contributed to Habitat for Humanity for many years.
Recently, Business Development Manager Jen Dudley gave the partners of HI another chance to help out. On April 25, Dudley was hiking to Everest Base Camp for her honeymoon. This was the day that the 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. In the aftermath, a friend and fellow mountaineer reached out to Dudley for help, asking for laptops for Nepalese schools. Dudley forwarded this request to her coworkers at HI.
Partners Sabin Ephrem, Chris Staley, and Jeremy Langevin were happy to respond. With the help of our IT department (especially John Murdoch), HI had five laptops reformatted and shipped to Seattle, where Mountain Madness sent them to Nepal.
In Nepal, they were distributed by Pushpa Basnet, a CNN Hero of the Year. Mark Gunlogson from Mountain Madness had this to say: “Working with 14 prisons, Pushpa has helped some of these kids out. What a great visit we had with this amazing women—and it was obvious the kids’ lives were opened to new opportunities they would have otherwise not had. Amazing people in an amazing place! And if you have kids, take a visit with Pushpa and you’ll redefine what a busy day is—she has 45+ kids at her place, from infants only months old to teenagers!”
CEO Sabin Ephrem says, “We are happy and thankful to have had the opportunity to help.”