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On April 25, 2015, Nepal faced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the world and has since been etched as one of the most destructive natural disasters in history. More than 7,000 people were killed and twice as many were injured. To this day, it is still difficult to assess the impact it has had on the Nepal.
Nitya Timalsina, Founder and President of One Step, a non-profit organization that offers customized solutions for communities around the world, was quick to respond. Just 4 days after the devastation, Nitya partnered with the Nepalese Student Association of UCSD to host a candlelight vigil event that accepted monetary donations that funnel towards victims of the earthquake. The event was created to portray something positive that brought the Nepalese and non-Nepalese communities together to support Nepal in any way they could. On Thursday, May 7th, Nitya and her team continued their efforts to by holding one of many vigils in UCSD.
The funds collected on behalf of One Step go directly to non-profit Nepalese organizations. Instead of sending it through large corporations or through the Nepalese government, Nitya feels it is much easier to make use of these direct contacts in Nepal so that the funds go directly to the victims as quickly as possible.
Nitya herself is Nepalese-American and has a lot of family back in Nepal. “It’s been really hard to keep in touch or even get in touch with relatives,” she exclaimed, “there are some extended families we haven’t heard from and there are a lot of people in the Nepali community who are still waiting to hear back from friends and family.”
Nitya plans to visit her family in Nepal and also help in the recovery aid. Nepal fell into rubble in less than a day and it won’t be easy to rebuild. Let us come together and reward Nitya’s efforts to aid Nepal and bring the communities together to shine as Nepal’s beacon of hope.