The various Nepali communities across Chicagoland and Illinois, many of whose members have relatives and close ones in distress in the earthquake-struck areas of the home country, have joined hands to appeal for urgent donations toward relief efforts.
Especially needed are surgical masks, medical supplies (standard sterile and unsterile wound care products, syringes, etc.), two-way radios, batteries (AA, AAA or 9 volts), whistle (to alert rescuers to be your location), duct tape, disinfectant wipes, digital thermometer, ADC ADSafe CPR pocket resuscitator, plastic bags (to make ice pack or hot and cold therapy braces), clothing, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, rain gear or ponchos (available at dollar stores) and food (canned, dried fruits, electrolytes powder drink). Drop off locations, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, are Curry House Restaurant, 899 S State St, Chicago; Mount Everest Restaurant, 630 Church St, Evanston; and Cumin Restaurant, 1414 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.
The Fund Raising Committee for Nepal Earthquake Fund (FRCNEF), Chicago, Illinois, had posted the following appeal on its website (http://cnfsusa.org/):
“We are very shocked to hear the miserable news of loss of thousands of peoples’ lives and property damage due to the devastating earthquake in Nepal. An earthquake measuring 7.8 in Richter scale hit Kathmandu valley and other parts of the country at 11:56 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015. A series of powerful aftershocks measuring over 6 Richter scale are being felt several times in Kathmandu and other parts of the country. Officials have said the death toll could reach more than 6000 and a lot of people are injured. Rescue operations are being conducted and support is being announced from all over the world. Major historical landmarks are damaged, avalanches occurred on Mount Everest area; several peoples are still missing and state of emergency has been declared by Nepal Government.
Chicagoland social organizations have united to form a fundraising committee. We request all social organizations, officials, media and individuals to support this cause donating below and spreading the word. Your tiny donation makes a big difference. Collected funds will be delivered to Nepal as soon as possible and donation list announced publicly in this page and media. We are 503 (c) (3) tax exempt nonprofit organization and your donation is fully tax deductible to the extent of IRS tax code.”
Contacts: Sharda Thapa (coordinator), (312)-953-7192, email@example.com; Neha Pradhan (773) 997-3288; Krishna Bartaula (773) 313-5604.
FRCNEF comprises Chicagoland Nepali Friendship Society, Nonresident Nepali Association (Illinois Chapter), Chicagoland Tharu Society, Nepali American Center, Newa American Dabu and America Nepal Society. Other social organizations, churches, Nepali businesses, media houses and Nepalis across Chicagoland are also participating in these efforts.
While the death toll is climbing well over 4000, the damage to Nepal’s patrimony, especially the unique architecture of the Kathmandu Valley, which has been a living museum of Newar traditions and distinct culture around a network of Hindu and Buddhist temples, is probably permanent.