Nepalese students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa are raising money for earthquake victims back home.
The effort is being coordinated by the Society of Nepalese in Hawaii (SNEHA), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
A table on the second floor of Campus Center will accept donations Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
T-shirts with the logo of Nepal are offered to those who give $15 or more, and donations are being accepted online and at Bank of Hawaii.
“The response has been warm so far. People have been contributing,” said Ram Neupane of SNEHA. “I know most of these are students and they don’t have a lot of money to give, but they are still contributing to this cause and we really appreciate it.”
On Saturday, April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country, followed by dozens of aftershocks.
The death toll has surpassed 5,000 with more than 10,000 reported injured.
Officials say overall, more than 8 million Nepalese are affected, including 1.4 million who need immediate food assistance.
“The problem now is possibly of outbreak of diseases, sources of food and water. So therefore, I have advised my siblings to actually go home, even though our home is damaged, because it’s a lot more manageable there,” Neupane told KHON2.
The Society of the Nepalese in Hawaii held a large vigil on the UH Manoa campus on Thursday to remember the more than 5,500 people who were killed. So far the group has raised more than $11,000 for those affected by the quake.
A fundraising dinner will be held at Himalayan Kitchen in Kaimuki on Sunday, May 3, from 12:30-8 p.m.
Online donations are also being accepted by the American Red Cross. Use the drop-down menu to select Nepal Earthquake Relief.