Local Nepalese Community Raises $35K to Help With Relief Aid

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- One week after the biggest natural disaster to rock Nepal in eight decades, there's hope but the Nepali people need help.

On Saturday, the Iowa Nepalese Association held a “Walk for Nepal” event at Gray’s Lake. A couple hundred non-members and members of the Nepalese community raised money and awareness on specific ways the country still needs help.

Aabristi Khadka of Des Moines who is originally from Nepal said, “All those who are in need of food, water and tents right now, we want to send for them. What we can do is get together and trust each other and do whatever we can for Nepal.”

Since the 7.8 magnitude rocked the county last Saturday, killing more than 6,000 people and injuring several thousand more, the Iowa Nepalese Association has raised more than $35,000.

“It’s way more than what we thought,” laughed Bikal Adhikari.

Adhikari said much of the world is focused on sending relief agencies to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. However, the money raised today will go towards aid groups helping those affected in rural and hard to reach mountain villages.

“The government and the relief agencies are now after a week slowly reaching there. It’s already late, many are already dead.” Adhikari said.

Currently, members of the Iowa Nepalese Association are in Nepal helping distribute the money into the rural communities.

To donate visit, http://www.iowanepaleseassociation.org/.