Texas Wesleyan has announced several events to raise money and awareness for victims of the earthquake that devastated parts of Nepal on Saturday.
Wesleyan will host a candlelight memorial service at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of the West Library, said Dean of Freshman Success Joe Brown.
One week later, on May 5, Wesleyan will host Day of Awareness: Wesleyan Stands with Nepal to raise money for the university’s relief effort, Brown said.
“We want to pool all of the money as a university and we are going to find the best organization to give the relief,” said Brown, who noted that approximately 300 Wesleyan students are from Nepal. “Immediately we are ordering t-shirts that we will be selling for $10 that will feature a phrase like ‘Wesleyan strong for Nepal’ or something. From little seeds grow big money.”
Dean of Students Dennis Hall sent out an email on Monday afternoon detailing Wesleyan’s response to the earthquake, including fundraising efforts.
“It is important to recognize that this natural disaster may impact our Texas Wesleyan family, as many of our students are from Nepal and the surrounding areas,” Hall wrote on the university Facebook page.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed several monuments and entire villages and left thousands homeless. More than 4,200 people were reported dead as of Monday afternoon, according to The Washington Post.
Several Wesleyan students discussed how the earthquake affected their families and friends.
Jeevan Giri, a 20-year-old computer science major, believes it will take about 10 years for the country to recover.
“My family is ok but my whole property is destroyed, even the house,” wrote Giri, whose family is from Kathmandu, which was heavily affected.
Emilio Castrellon, a senior business major, sympathizes with the Nepalese students.
“A majority of our international students come from Nepal and I cannot imagine what it is like to feel what they feel at the moment,” Castrellon said. “Their country needs them, but they cannot go back home. Not knowing if their family and friends are safe is agonizing.”
Nepalese students also took to Facebook to discuss the earthquake.
“I am safe and your families are safe but it’s not about only thinking of self-concern at this time,” Raw Vee Nah posted. “Be positive and help do what you can do from your own side. It’s not only the problem those who had lost their life, family, property and those who became handicap and homeless but also the problem of our mother NEPAL and we Nepalese . . . .PRAY NEPAL SAVE NEPAL.”