UWE Bristol students and staff respond to the Nepal earthquake

Issue date: 14 May 2015

Students and staff from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are holding events to raise funds in support of the people who have been affected by the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

UWE Bristol has strong links with Nepal through its partnership with the British College in Kathmandu and the University has a Nepali student community here in Bristol.

Staff are being encouraged to consider supporting essential fundraising through the Red Cross, the Disasters Relief Committee (DEC) or through any direct fund raising that is organised on campus.

Some students and staff have organised fundraising events to support Nepal. The UWE Nepalese Society is doing an earthquake fundraising drive on Friday 15 May with bucket collections, henna tattoos, cakes, and raffle prizes to be won!

The UWE Nepalese Society will continue collecting on Saturday in Bristol and have also arranged a Candlelit Vigil for Nepal on College Green on Saturday 16 May from 20:00 – 21:00. This is open to everyone and they would like people to come and show their solidarity for the people of Nepal who are facing a massive challenge to rebuild their lives.

The money raised by the UWE Nepalese Society will be going to a Nepalese charity called Nepal Share, also known as Nyano Sansar which means 'Warm World'. This charity is on the ground and delivering aid to affected villages. UWE Bristol has committed to match fund the amount raised through the Better Together Fund!

Anna Kawar in the UWE Community Hub, whose husband is Nepalese and whose family has been affected by the earthquake, organised a cake sale for her husband's appeal, 'Suman's Family and Village in Nepal'. They raised £540 today and Anna said, “I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support of my colleagues”.

Christelle Pellecuer, another staff member who has experience of a disaster, is organising a Nepal Charity Fashion Show on Saturday 6 June at 'The Island'.

Puspa Pant, a Nepalese Research Associate at UWE, is organising a Charity Lunch in June at Millpond Primary school and staff in the UWE Community Hub are also organising a UWE lunchtime Pub Quiz for Nepal on Wednesday 17 June.

Jane Harrington, UWE Bristol Deputy Vice Chancellor, has appealed to staff to support some of the fundraising by aid agencies and events being organised at the university. She said, “The scale of this disaster has overwhelmed this small country and an international relief effort is now underway as people cope with the loss of their homes, their loved ones and struggle to find the basics like safe water, food and other essential supplies.

“I have been to Nepal and visited the College myself as have many other UWE staff. We are concerned that the lack of infrastructure will make it difficult to overcome the current situation and I am personally doing what I can to support our Nepali colleagues and students, who are very much in our thoughts.

“As a university, we want to support the efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to those who find themselves in great need, through supporting the international aid agencies and also through coming together as a community. That is why Staff are joining with the UWE Nepali student community, UWE Students' Union and the Bristol Nepalese community to organise activities and events and to provide opportunities for people to support more grassroots relief efforts.”

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