On April 25th, at 11:56 PM, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. As of Friday, May 1st, around 6,300 people were proclaimed dead, and 14,000 people injured. This earthquake claimed 8,836 lives in total (including outside of Nepal), with 21,952 injuries. It took quite long to account for the thousands of people missing, perhaps under rubble and in distant villages. On May 12th, there was an aftershock of 7.3 magnitude, which killed 218 people and injured more than 3,500 people. The original earthquake had an effect all around Nepal, including Mount Everest. Studies show that the earthquake shrank the the 29,000-foot mountain by at least 3 feet. Due to the earthquake, avalanches occurred on the mountain, killing at least 19 people, and injuring at least 61. This disaster has been the deadliest in Everest history. The effect of the earthquake on Nepal’s tourist industry is also very detrimental. Nepal, a developing country, relies on its historical attractions, such as the Dharahara Tower, which after the earthquake went from 100 feet to a 30 foot pile of rubble. Additionally, due to the fact that many men in Nepal often go far to find decent paying jobs, many women were left to fend entirely for their families after the earthquake. They lost their homes, their animals, and many other things precious to them. However, the most precious things were the children. After the earthquake, an even larger part of these women’s lives was protecting their childrens’ lives.
In order to raise money for Nepal, several advisories have been having bake sales, and Helping Hands has been doing a lot too. Ramisa Bashar ’18 said “Helping Hands has taken the initiative to help Nepal. So we’ve placed boxes in advisories in order to gather money to donate through one of Mr. Lakhaney’s acquaintances stationed in Nepal to work with people there. It’s a very one-on-one sort of thing. We’re also collecting necessities that they may require such as, soap, warm clothing, etc.”
However, after the earthquake, there has been an outpouring of support around the world, and Nepal has began making slow but steady progress towards restoring itself to some sort of normal. In Southwater, a five year old boy held a garage sale to help Nepal victims. A paragliding company named KarmaFlights has been using the money from paragliding flights to donate to Nepal earthquake relief. Since 2011, the company has been donating the money from tandem paragliding flights to children in Nepal for more access to school, however, after the earthquake they used the money for Nepal relief.
Sean Keogh ’18 said he feels that more should be done to help Nepal. He stated, “Americans should go over there [Nepal] and help them [victims].” However, Gabriella Prostko ’18 felt quite satisfied with our efforts to help Nepal. She said “It’s great seeing BSGE assisting through Helping Hands because many times schools don’t do that and it’s very important that they do that.” Evidently, different people have different views on how to help Nepal, but it is obvious that everyone supports any effort.
One more well known example of assistance to Nepal is Prabhal Gurung’s effort. He is one of Michelle Obama’s fashion designers, and individually he has raised $376,575 of his goal of $570,000 dollars. Another example is the continuous hard work done by the non-profit organization Adhikaar in Woodside, which helps Nepalis in New York and works for their rights. The organization has been attempting to get Temporary Protective Status for Nepalis because of the earthquake. They even sent a petition to the White House, which, before being closed, got 12,905 signatures.
They raised 61,479 dollars in one month, which was 293% more than their original $21,000 goal. To donate, go to: https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/immediate-relief-for-nepal-earthquake-survivors.
While Nepal may have a long way to go, hopefully the collective working together of the world’s organizations to bring the country out of shambles and into normalcy will work. It’s humbling to see how much people can care in times of need, and if you want to feel good, it’s advised that you donate, be it food, clothing, or money.