The global community turned its attention to Nepal last week as a devastating earthquake ravaged the country. As of this morning, an estimated 5,500 lives have been lost. Another 11,000 people have been injured. These numbers are staggering.
For the survivors, it’s hard to imagine life ever getting back to normal. Families have been shattered. Homes have been lost. Life’s basic necessities have become scarce. According to NPR, 1.4M people are in need of food aid.
By all accounts, Nepal faces a humanitarian calamity. In the face of this disaster, the support extended to Nepal and its citizens has been heartwarming. Large relief organizations and ordinary people from around the world have been giving their time and financial resources to help the situation.
As some of you may know, Nepal is my birthplace. Fortunately, my family members are safe and accounted for. In speaking with two of our Nepali authors, Anita Adhikary and Neeva Pradhan, we decided to partner to do our small part to help the cause.
Neeva Pradhan happened to be in Nepal when the earthquake hit. She’s been on the ground donating her efforts in various ways.
Anita Adhikary has been active in relief efforts from her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
As rescue efforts continue, the government warns the death toll could rise to more than 10,000. Though we are heartbroken by the devastation, now is the time to pull together to support the country that has given us so much. If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to help please visit www.redcross.org.