More than 7,000 miles from home, Nepalese students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are holding a fundraiser to benefit relief efforts following last weekend’s devastating earthquake.
UNK graduate student Anjana Brasain says their Nepalese Student Association on campus has just seven members.
“For the betterment of Nepal, we are trying to put forth an effort over here because right now we cannot go back home,” Brasain says. “We are international students and for us, it’s very tough thinking about the very bad situation back home and being here and not being able to be with our family.”
On Thursday, a 15-year-old was pulled from the rubble alive after being buried for five days. The death toll from the quake exceeds 5,500 and many thousands more were hurt, with millions impacted.
Brasain says any kind of monetary donation toward the relief effort is greatly appreciated.
“I would like to request everybody to support us at this very moment and come together and pray for us,” Brasain says. “Every small effort would be very useful and very helpful to save a life back home. You can imagine your dollar can save a life back home. You can think how precious is that dollar for us.”
In addition to the monetary donations being collected this week, the Nepalese student group will also be holding a prayer service tonight at 7:30 at the Cope Fountain on the UNK campus.
“We are going to do the candlelight prayer vigil for all of those people back home who lost their lives,” Brasain says. “We’re still looking for hope and rescue and we would like to pray for peace and tranquility back home.”
The fundraising effort began Monday and will run through this afternoon at the UNK Student Union.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney