SCSU student organization Helping Nepal International is fundraising and helping to spread awareness about the earthquakes and damages in Nepal throughout the week on campus.
Members of the student organization will be talking with passers-by in Atwood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the week until Friday, May 1. The donations are going to the American Red Cross to help provide aid for those affected by the destruction in Nepal.
“There was a massive tragedy in Nepal that took more than 4,000 lives,” said Shrijit Koirala, vice president of Helping Nepal International. “We’re trying to do whatever we can, and donate all of our donations to people back home.”
Holding their first fundraising event on Wednesday, April 29, members are hosting an art sale. Members collected images and photographs of the destruction and aftermath of the earthquakes.
Friends of the student organization in Nepal are sending photos to be sold at the event, said Pooza Kharel, a member of Helping Nepal International. SCSU art students are also contributing by putting in paintings and other works of art.
“There are temples there that aren’t there anymore,” Koirala said. “Temples that were built 300 or 400 years ago are gone.”
Following the art sale, the public is invited to an open concert from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Atwood Porch. Then on Friday, a candle lighting starts at 6 p.m., which is at the Atwood Mall.
“It will be a sign of goodwill and praying for people back home,” Koirala said about the candle lighting. “We’re just urging people to donate, because each penny could help save somebody’s life.”
“When it affects part of the community, it affects the whole community,” Koirala said, especial given the 1,055 international students at SCSU, according to spring 2015 SCSU enrollment data.
“We’re sticking together,” he said. “We’re trying to contact as many Nepalese people at this time.”
As far as Koirala and Kharel know, there hasn’t been a family of an SCSU student that’s been directly affected by earth quakes.
“Being here, we can’t do much, but we’re trying to do whatever we can,” Kharel said.
This article was originally posted in the University Chronicle on April 27, 2015.