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NMSU donates funds for Nepalese earthquake relief

Members of New Mexico State University?s Nepalese Student Association donated $7,500 raised through local fundraising efforts to Sushil Koirala, the Prime Minister of Nepal, last month.



Members of NMSU?s Nepalese Student Association presented a check to Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in August to help with earthquake relief efforts. The association raised the money through local fundraising efforts. (Courtesy photo)

NMSU students Rajan Koirala and Gaurav Thapa visited Nepal to help their families and deliver the money to Sushil Koirala at his residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu. As president and secretary of the association, Sushil Koirala thanked them and all those who donated to the cause.

?We are really thankful to the Nepalese community all around the world for their great contribution both monetarily and emotionally,? Sushil Koirala said, and added the donations will be used ?for the welfare of the true earthquake victims.?

In April, more than 9,000 people died in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that also left millions of people homeless. The father of NMSU doctoral student Rishi Sapkota was one of those killed in the earthquake. Sapkota?s mother was seriously injured.

After receiving news about the devastating earthquake, NMSU Nepalese Student Association members immediately began raising money. They received donations not only from people on campus, but throughout Las Cruces.

?The role of New Mexico State University officials was really heart touching during the venture,? Rajan Koirala said. ?We on behalf of Nepalese Student Association would like to thank all the people here on campus and the Las Cruces community for helping Nepal in this difficult situation.?