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For Immediate Release
April 29, 2015

IPFW Nepali Student Organization to Raise Money, Hold Vigil for Victims of Earthquake

Key Info

  • Students to hold fundraiser to help victims of Nepalese Earthquake.
  • 100 percent of the money raised will go to icanafford, a non-governmental
    organization (NGO) with teams already on the ground in affected areas
  • April 28–30, 10am to 4pm in Alumni Plaza (next to Walb Union)

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Club Kathmandu, a Nepali student organization at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), is planning a three-day fundraiser to collect money and supplies for victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal.

The fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28
through Thursday, April 30. Donations can be dropped off at the Club Kathmandu table in the IPFW Alumni Plaza (next to Walb Union). Donations will also be accepted in the Office of International Education (Walb Union, room 145). There will also be a vigil held for the victims at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April
30, in the IPFW Alumni Plaza.

100 percent of all money raised will go to icanafford.org, an international NGO that already has teams on the ground in Nepal, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and India.

Geeta Buda, IPFW student and president of Club Kathmandu, had already planned a trip to her home country for a family wedding. Although the wedding has since been cancelled, she is still making the trip. She is asking for
donations of basic supplies such as surgical masks, chlorine tablets, and
high-calorie energy bars. She will take back with her and distribute them to
those in need. She will be in Nepal for three weeks until May 28.

The earthquake registered as 7.8 on the Richter scale, and has already claimed
more than 4,000 lives. That number is expected to rise drastically in the
coming days as rescue efforts move into the remote regions that haven’t been
contacted yet.

The members of Club Kathmandu issued the following statement:

“In light of the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal and parts of India,
Bangladesh, Tibet, China, and other neighboring countries, our thoughts and
concerns go out to the families and loved ones of our IPFW family who may have been impacted by this disaster. Up to now, thousands of people have been confirmed dead, and the casualties are expected to go up. Thousands of injured are in desperate need of medical attention. Scores have lost their homes and are literally on the streets in need of food, warm clothes and medicine. So we, the Nepali students at IPFW, are planning to have an event in the memory of the people who have lost their lives. A donation drive for the victims will also run on campus the week of April 27–May 1.”

For more information, please contact Brian Mylrea, Director of the Office of
International Education at 260-481-6923, or mylreab@ipfw.edu. Those interested can also follow the IPFW Office of International Education on
Facebook, or on Twitter: @IPFWOIE.

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