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Hope for Nepal

Monday, April 27, 2015

St. Cloud State students are organizing relief fundraising in response to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal April 25.

The earthquake destroyed homes and centuries-old temples and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. Death estimates are in the thousands and climbing as rescue- and relief-workers reach remote areas of the south Asian nation. The earthquake's impact was felt in India, Tibet and Bangladesh.

St. Cloud State student organizations Helping Nepal International and the Nepalese Student Association are raising funds for humanitarian relief during these Atwood Memorial Center events:

  • Collecting donations 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27-May 1 
  • Students are depicting destroyed Nepalese temples in sculptures and other artwork, which will be sold 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29
  • Open-mic concert 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30
  • Candlelight vigil 6 p.m. May 1

View a video appeal by senior information systems major Kamana Karki. Visit the "Hope for Nepal" Facebook event page for candlelight vigil details.

Karki, president of the Helping Nepal International, said that the 145 Nepalese St. Cloud State students have received good news from their immediate families who are safe.

“We have a lot of damage back home and being here and not being able to do anything is the worst thing anyone can imagine,” she said. “But we are trying our best to contribute in any way possible.”

Funds raised will support efforts by the American Nepal Medical Foundation and the American Red Cross.

St. Cloud State is offering affected students counseling services and other assistance:

Counseling Services
320-308-3171

Center for International Studies
320-308-4287

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