IU4Nepal organizing fundraising for earthquake relief and recovery

  • May 1, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Inspired by a strong outpouring of concern and supported by a generous matching gift, organizers at Indiana University Bloomington are launching a coordinated effort to raise funds for Nepal earthquake relief.

The students, faculty and staff involved in the IU4Nepal effort have developed a fund dedicated to supporting victims of the quake and contributing to Nepal’s long-term recovery. The fund was developed in conjunction with GlobalGiving, a highly respected charitable organization.

An anonymous member of the community has offered to contribute up to $10,000 to match donations made to the fund by May 15. About $4,000 has already been raised in connection with an informational forum and candlelight vigil that took place Thursday night.

"We are appealing to the IU Bloomington community to help Nepal during this crisis of unimaginable proportions,” said Samrat Upadhyay, the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities, a professor of English and a native of Nepal. “The death toll has surpassed 6,000, and thousands are missing. Precious historic monuments in Kathmandu have been destroyed. Entire villages have been wiped out, and rescue and relief has been made difficult by the Nepal's mountainous terrain and severe lack of resources.”

Upadhyay noted that Indiana University has longstanding ties with the Himalayan country. The late IU Bloomington professor Elinor Ostrom was a “friend of Nepal,” he said -- she received the 2009 Nobel Prize in economic sciences for her research on management of common-pool resources, including forest and irrigation resources in Nepal. IU students have visited Nepal for cultural and literary exchanges.

“Last night's forum and vigil demonstrated Bloomington's concerns about what's happened in Nepal,” Upadhyay said. “Urgent relief is needed now, and IU Bloomington can be a part of that relief."

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25; the quake and resulting aftershocks and landslides caused widespread devastation. Thousands of people were killed or injured, and over 130,000 homes were destroyed. The United Nations has appealed for $415 million to provide more than 8 million people with life-saving assistance over the next three months.

All funds donated through the IU4Nepal initiative will go toward the GlobalGiving Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, which will support a variety of international and Nepali nonprofits working on earthquake relief. Donations are fully tax deductible and can be made by check, credit card or Paypal.

IU4Nepal will continue soliciting contributions through the May 8 and 9 IU Bloomington Commencement ceremonies and at other campus and community venues.

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