Together we can

- Biraj Singh Chettri
Together we can

May 7, 2015-

In this dire time of need, amidst the chaos that is surrounding our Himalayan realm, support from all over the world has poured in. Whether it be through celebrities pledging to donate funds, or our own brothers and sisters raising awareness. This is a time where some people are including us in their prayers and some are going out of their way to help out in any way they can.

Prabal Gurung

Fashion Designer

In the wake of the tragedy, Prabal Gurung illustrated his devotion to this country by initiating relief and donation drives through his organisation, Shikshya Foundation, to raise $750,000. So far, Shikshya Foundation Nepal has also contributed $20,000 to the Nepal Red Cross Society. As the largest humanitarian organisation in Nepal, their response to the earthquake was immediate and they continue to do incredible, lifesaving work on the ground across Nepal.

Promise Tamang Vlogger

Internationally recognised YouTube vlogger and make-up guru Promise Tamang set up a GoFundMe initiative to send relief to her homeland. Under the name of Homes for Earthquake Victims, she started out with an aim of reaching the goal of $100,000. She managed to raise that and more within days of starting the campaign. After getting an overwhelming response,  she has since pledged to raise more funds for Nepal.

Dr Upendra Mahato

Founding President, NRNA

The non-residential Nepali Billionaire Upendra Mahato has pledged Rs. 150 million in relief to the earthquake victims in Nepal through the Phul Kumari Mahato Memorial Trust. Mahato has announced that Rs 30 million will be spent on immediate relief packages such as tents, food and clothing. The remaining Rs 120 million will be spent on the construction of earthquake-resistant buildings in the highly affected region.

Shesh Ghale

President, NRNA

A hefty sum of Rs 100 million has been promised by the NRNA (Non-Residential Nepali Association). President Shesh Ghale, who is among the richest people of Nepali origin, has himself decided to donate a sum of Rs 20 million for this cause. The NRNA further has decided to mobilise 1000 health workers to control epidemics in the highly affected areas like Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Rasuwa, Kavre and the Ramechhap districts.

Lydia Ko

Golfer

The 18 year old professional golfer from New Zealand, Lydia Ko has pledged to donate all her prize money from her latest tournament, LPGA’s North Texas Shootout, to the quake victims in Nepal. She said, “I thought about those people there, nice people and very innocent, so I wanted to give this tournament’s earnings and donate it to them.”

Joanna Lumley

Actress

British actress and TV star Joanna Lumley has been in the front of aid to Nepal with her televised appeal to donate to Nepal. Her father served with the Gurkhas, who for 200 hundred years have sacrificed their lives for Britain. And she wanted them to help back. “The Nepalis are a proud and resourceful group of people who don't ask for much but now many hundreds and thousands of them urgently need our support. If they don't receive help soon— mainly food, water and medicine—disease might well take hold,” she said.

Mark Zuckerberg

CEO, Facebook

Just two days after Facebook introduced the Donate button to help people that have suffered in the Nepal earthquake, the social networking platform was able to collect over $10 million. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in an official Facebook post. In two days, more than half a million people donated and raised more than $10 million to support the International Medical Corps relief effort. Facebook donated an additional $2 million to local recovery efforts to help those in affected areas.

 

Published: 08-05-2015 12:31

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