Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nepalese Student Associations Spring to Action Across U.S.

By Xiao Lu
World Education Services

Nepal was the final destination of my graduate travel when I was an undergraduate student. I have great memories of my time there with my sweetest fellows. Three years have passed, and I vividly remember the grand mountains, the fine architecture, and the pure hearted people. It was a terrible shock for me to learn about Saturday morning’s massive earthquake.

Nepalese student associations across the U.S. – from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to City College of New York, to the University of Central Oklahoma – are raising money and awareness to help the victims of this natural disaster. It’s been heartening to see this display of unity during a time of tragedy.

I messaged my Nepali friends on Facebook, and they were able to reply but it seems that the Internet signal is still weak there. If you have friends or relatives in Nepal and want to check on their status, you can look to social media. Facebook Safety Check and Google Person Finder are tools that can help Nepalese earthquake survivors and contacts connect. I breathe a sigh of relief every time I see one of my friends marked as “Safe” on Facebook.

If you want to contribute financially to the relief efforts, we recommend these organizations:

Red Cross: The American Red Cross is committing $1 million and mobilizing disaster specialists to help provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the Nepal earthquake. These efforts are part of a larger global Red Cross relief response, led by the Nepal Red Cross. You can be a part of the solution!

UNICEF: The United Nation Children’s Fund works for children’s rights, survival, development and protection. Your donation will be used to help children by impacted by disaster.

Let’s prey for Kathmandu.

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