Print Edition - 2015-06-09  |  Earthquake Relief

Resettled Bhutanese in US donate Rs 1.9m

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Resettled Bhutanese in US donate Rs 1.9m

Jun 8, 2015-

Resettled Bhutanese refugees in various states of the US have raised Rs 1.9 million to help Nepali earthquake survivors. 

Five Bhutanese delegates handed over the amount to Rachel Steinberg, Assistant Director, Civil Society Partnerships, US Fund for UNICEF at her office in New York. 

Receiving the amount, Steinberg told the delegates that UNICEF is actively working in all 14 severely affected districts in Nepal to provide healthcare, food, shelter, psychological first-aid, and help with identification of unaccompanied and separated children.

“UNICEF will soon create a separate webpage for the Bhutanese community and update information of Bhutanese support and the work progress in Nepal and allow Bhutanese community members to write blog posts about their ideas to aid Nepal,” she said.

Six Bhutanese community organisations—the Bhutanese American Organisation-Philadelphia, the Bhutanese Community of Scranton, the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh, the Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus, the Bhutanese Community of Greater Rochester, and the Bhutanese Community Organisation of Minnesota have taken the initiative of assisting earthquake survivors in Nepal. 

The UNICEF, which has been carrying out humanitarian works in 190 countries, has been working in Nepal for over half a century.

Madap Sharma, one of the delegates, said that the Bhutanese communities in the US wanted to stand by the people in Nepal in this time of crisis. 

“While the donation we collected is small, our hearts are big.  We are with the people of Nepal at this difficult hour and we commit to supporting Nepal in its rebuilding efforts,” he said. 

The devastation brought about by the two recent earthquakes and several aftershocks has left thousands dead and millions homeless in Nepal. 

This calamity has united people around the world to support Nepal and the Nepalis.

Published: 09-06-2015 08:17

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