Campus Support Planned for Earthquake Victims

There will be a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. April 29 outside the Multicultural Affairs Center in recognition of those affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. During the weekend, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal took the lives of nearly 4,000 people and destroyed or damaged much of Kathmandu, the capital city.

Truman has 39 Truman students who are from Nepal. While none have reported the loss of immediate family, they are devastated by the tragedy in their country and want to help with the relief effort by raising funds. Namaste Nepal, an organization of Nepalese students at Truman, is planning fundraising events for the coming week. Anyone that would like to provide financial assistance can do so through donation boxes in the Center for International Students, located in Baldwin Hall 129, as well as the Multicultural Affairs Center where donations can be made by cash or check. Checks should be made payable to “Namaste Nepal.” Those unable to donate on campus can use Namaste Nepal’s GoFundMe campaign. Because GoFundMe does take a portion of proceeds, Namaste Nepal is requesting that anyone who is able to do so, donate via the donation boxes on campus.

In response to emails from alumni and friends asking what they could do to help current Nepalese students, a fund has been established through the Truman State University Foundation to provide financial educational support for students who have been impacted by this tragedy. Anyone interested in making a gift to the Nepal Emergency Relief Fund can complete a donation online or contact the Advancement Office at 660.785.4133. Gifts will help provide stability to students who have been traumatized and are unsure of what the future will bring.

Namaste Nepal Fundraising/Donation Schedule

Nepal Awareness
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
April 28

Candlelight Vigil
9 p.m.
April 29
Multicultural Affairs Center

Food Fundraising
5-6 p.m.
April 30
Baptist Student Union
Price $5

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