Immediately after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, my high school revoked all of our preexisting service programs to Nepal for the safety of our students. This meant a stop in all of our fundraising events, donation baskets, and annual service trips to Gatlang, which was a small village in Nepal along the Himalayan line our school had a special partnership with.
Not only did I believe this went against the definition of service, but I had also participated in the program for two years and had friends in Gatlang, who I promised to see again, who had just lost their homes and families.
So I recruited a team of like-minded photographers and film-makers and went to Gatlang two weeks later.
This team later became Team Artless.
We couldn't not go after seeing the very buildings we were in crumbling down and the very villages we visited sinking to the ground.
Because of the earthquake, vehicles couldn't get to Gatlang and helicopters were too expensive, so for the two weeks we had, we ran up and down the school stairs to train for trekking up the Himalayan mountains to get to Gatlang.