And what are we but humane…a student reflection on Nepal

Lama is a student at the American School of Doha, and like many at the October 2014 QLC, was inspired by the stories of Nepal as shared by keynote speaker, Peter Dalglish. Many in the MUN community and the extended QLC family share much of Lama’s thoughts and sentiments. She shares what SHE was able to do at her school, and what YOU can do to help Nepal.

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The Nepalese earthquake has been devastating news to the world in the past week.

 

The earthquake has caused a lot of damage to the country, and as humans we need to take action and lend a helping hand. Mr. Peter inspired us all with his speech in the conference, and after being inspired by him, I decided to take action. I was planning a school educational volunteering trip to Nepal, however as we were finalizing the logistics, the earthquake occurred and due to safety my school could not send students on the trip.

However, the project took a turn supporting Nepal in its time of need. According to the Nepalese and American embassies in Qatar, the most required mean of aid is money, as it will aid in sending relief and bringing medication.

On the grounds of ASD (American School Of Doha), we are currently running two fundraisers: first, a fundraiser for relief that will be sent through the “Red Cross” to Nepal, for health aid, relief and medication. The second fundraiser is for supporting the harmed families of workers on campus.  The Fundraisers started on Thursday April 30th, and will end Sunday May 10th at 3:30 pm; for money to be sent, as soon as possible.

There is also another mean of donation that is independent, for aiding Nepal and it was mentioned in Mr. Peter’s post: “We can also provide receipts for any donations so our overseas friends know that their contribution has been received. But there’s no time to prepare a nice website or print brochures. Those most affected need basic food items, plastic sheeting, water and fuel for the community generator. If you are willing and able to help please send funds to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Nepal, the bank details of which I have pasted below. Send me an email indicating how much money you have transferred so I can report this to Prabin. He needs to know what his budget is! When the dust settles and the situation is more stable you are welcome to volunteer alongside Prabin and his team. We will welcome and support you, but the living conditions will be rudimentary.

Let’s all pull together so Nepal can come back strong!

 

Account Name: The Jane Goodall Institute Nepal
Account Number: 00401010256940
Swift Code : NIBLNPKT
Name of the Bank: Nepal Investment Bank LTD.
Address of Bank: Pulchowk, Lalitpur Nepal.”

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Go ahead and donate, we are humane and we are all one, we should all support Nepal in its time of desperate need, however you should make sure that money goes to the right place where it is needed, those fundraisers and donation means mentioned, are a great way to assure your money is being used the right way!

I’ll leave you with this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”