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Prabal Gurung Launches Relief Fund for Nepal Earthquake

 

URGENT!! Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Donate & spread the message. Every dollar counts. #repost #PrayForNepal #HelpNepal For the link, click on bio. Hundreds of people have been killed by a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. There is widespread devastation across Nepal. The death toll, approaching 1,000, continues to rise as search and rescue efforts are underway in Kathmandu and across the country. People are still trapped under collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, and there is no way to accurately guess how many are in need throughout the other cities and thousands of villages at this time. The immediate need on the ground is for medical support, search and rescue, emergency shelters and food and water among many other things. As the days, weeks and months go by and after the humanitarian needs are addressed, Nepal will need to begin the healing and rebuilding process. The magnitude of the damage is still being assessed, but hundreds of buildings have collapsed including many homes and many of Nepal’s ancient and iconic temples and monuments. Your donations will go through my organization, Shikshya Foundation Nepal (www.shikshyafoundationnepal.org), and we will distribute 100% of the funds accordingly based on the latest needs on the ground. Please donate generously and spread the word. We will continue to provide updates and information regarding the allocation of funds. Thank you all for your support.

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People are swiftly striving to help the victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal this weekend. This includes designer Prabal Gurung, who is raising money to help those affected by the disaster with the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.

The Singapore-born Gurung was raised in Kathmandu, so the swiftness with which he started this fundraiser should come as no surprise, as the BBC says the earthquake is believed to have killed at least 3,617 people and left over 6,500 injured.  Both numbers have a potential to rise as rescue efforts continue in the region.

Celebrities and fashion folk alike have been getting the word out about Gurung’s fund on social media, with the CFDA having already donated 10,000 to the fund. “The immediate need on the ground is for medical support, search and rescue, emergency shelters and food and water among many other things,” Gurung wrote in an Instagram post. “As the days, weeks and months go by and after the humanitarian needs are addressed, Nepal will need to begin the healing and rebuilding process. The magnitude of the damage is still being assessed, but hundreds of buildings have collapsed including many homes and many of Nepal’s ancient and iconic temples and monuments.”

If you want to help make a difference, you can donate to Gurung’s fund here. This incident has been nothing short of a tragedy, but we hope that with the help of relief efforts, everyone who was affected by the earthquake can have a bit of normalcy back in their lives.

Watch Gurung talk about the earthquake and why he felt compelled to help in the video below:

[via BBC, @PrabalGurung]