UMaine Nepalese Community Holds Vigil, Works to Raise Funds, BDN Reports

The Bangor Daily News reported members of the University of Maine Nepalese community are working to generate awareness and raise money to help victims of the recent earthquake. Riju Shrestha, a senior biochemistry major from Kathmandu, said the group is raising money to send to Grande International Hospital, which is currently providing free medical service to earthquake victims. UMaine student Sujita Pandey’s father works at that hospital so the students have a reliable contact, according to the article. “The [Nepalese] government is trying, but because the destruction is so huge, it’s difficult to reach people,” Shrestha said. “There’s millions out there without food, water. The numbers of people injured goes up daily. We need short-term and long-term help.” A candlelight vigil was held April 30 on the steps of Fogler Library. On Friday, May 1, the group will be accepting donations from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Memorial Union, and again during a coffee hour organized by the International Student Association at 4 p.m. in the Union. From 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Saturday, May 2, there will be a fundraiser at the Bear Brew in Orono.