Yajur H Shah
NHSF (UK) National President
NHSF (UK) National Vice President
“Look upon every man, woman and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.” – Swami Vivekananda
On the afternoon of Saturday 25 April, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck between Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. The catastrophic earthquake has killed more than 5,000 people with thousands more left injured. These numbers are still rising.
As Nepal faces one of the worst natural disasters in its history, we must come together and find the strength to help in this time of need. It is our duty to do so.
There is an urgent need for aid. Many survivors are in desperate need of food, water and shelter. We urge everybody reading this article to commit to action because it only action that will see Nepal rise from this disaster. For those of you who would like to donate money, we ask that you to do this via established registered charities. Below are some charities that we believe to be effective during times of distress.
Sewa UK have launched an appeal to help and support the victims of the earthquake in Nepal and Northern States of India. They have sister organisations working on ground at present to provide immediate relief and rehabilitation. To find out more information you can donate online at www.sewauk.org
Planeterra Foundation (G Adventures)
Planeterra Foundation have already delivered $10,000 for emergency relief that has seen water, food and blankets distributed to villages in Kathmandu Valley. The balance of the funds will be used for the long-term repairing and rebuilding of homes in the region. G Adventures covers all of Planeterra’s administration cost so 100% of your donation will be put to the cause.
BAPS Charities Nepal Earthquake Fund
BAPS Charities is helping communities around the world respond to support vital rescue and relief efforts.
With a dedicated team of teachers, volunteers and villagers already operating heavy machinery, distributing food & water and clothing, Saraswati Vidyalaya operates in 1,394 villages across Nepal with a robust infrastructure that enables it to provide relief directly to those who require it. Saraswati Vidyalaya needs your support to rebuild Nepal for a long term future. Please visit http://www.saraswatividyalaya.org.uk/home/component/content/article/86.html to donate.
Although the disaster struck 4,500 miles away from us here in the UK, there is an opportunity for us to stand shoulder to shoulder with our peers and show our support for those that have been impacted by this natural disaster. A public vigil will be taking place at the Embassy of Nepal (12A Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QU) on Friday 1 May 2015 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
For more information visit http://heyevent.com/event/1647639222134813/nepal-earthquake-vigil-an-evening-of-reflection-and-prayer
NHSF (UK) chapters will be also be hosting Aarti sessions over the next few days in memory of those who lost their lives. For more information please get in touch with your local chapter.
We are all saddened by this disaster. Let us now commit to help our brothers and sisters in their time of need.