Aabhushan Kadka has not gone to class the past two days, but for a good reason. Instead, he and his fellow Nepalese students at Colorado College have been relentlessly working to raise money for relief in Nepal after a 7.9 Richter-scaled earthquake hit the country on Saturday.
“The first thing that came to my mind was the safety of my parents,” said Kadka. “I tried calling my mom several times and she responded with a single text telling me not to worry about her and my dad.” The immediate families of all four Nepali students at CC are safe.
Kadka explained that there is ongoing devastation for everyone—for example, his family was just allowed back into their house. Over the past few days, they and thousands of other Nepalis near Katmandu had to stay in tents, in fear of aftershocks.
“Talking to my friends who are very traumatized gives me a feeling of helplessness because I am over here, eating good food, chilling with my friends, and they are sleeping outside,” said Kadka.
The CC students from Nepal—Sidharth Moktan, senior; Niyanta Khatri, sophomore; Anubrat Prasai, sophomore; and Kadka, first-year—are asking the CC community to come forward and help.
The main event that the groups organized is taking place on May 1 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Worner Center and features a photo gallery of past and present Nepal. Nepali jewelry, paintings, and photos will be available for sale, with all proceeds being donated to the relief efforts. Food will be provided by Little Nepal Restaurant on Eighth Street.
The group is also publicizing the five main fundraising campaigns in Nepal: UNICEF, Red Cross, Oxfam, World Food Program, and Women Entrepreneur Association of Nepal. The students ask the community to read the organization’s descriptions and consider donating.
Anubrat “A.P.” Prasai is working with computer science major Soeren Walls to develop a series of posters around campus with QR codes that can be used to donate to the relief. People can simply scan the code onto their smartphone and will be connected to a donation page.
“We are trying our best from our side to help as much as we can,” said Kadka. “Right now people need money so that they can buy things that they actually need. Sending clothes and food is not the best thing to do because we don’t know if that is what’s needed.”