A trio of Nicolson Institute pupils have spearheaded a fundraising drive which has raised more than £1300 for the Nepal Appeal.
Sixth year pupils Tia Addis and Nepalese-born students Sushma RC and Apsara Thapa raised £1307.13 in just a single day collecting from fellow students and staff at the school to raise money for victims of the devastating earthquake which is reported to have claimed the lives of more than 7000 people.
“Two of us have families living in Nepal and we were left feeling helpless and worried so we wanted to do something that could help the situation in Nepal,” explained 17-year-old Apsara.
“The least we could do was raise money.
‘‘With it being one of the poorest countries in Asia, and having a weak government system, we knew Nepal would need all the global help it can get.”
The three girls took collection buckets around the school over the course of one day which raked in the massive total. Some pupils were even donating £20 notes as the entire school dug deep to aid those in need.
Both Apsara and Sushma have had family members and friends directly affected by the disaster in their home country but they reveal social media has been a huge source of information and relief.
Apsara explained: “Social media has been a huge help. We downloaded an earthquake app which people could register and tick to say if they are safe. Facebook and Whatsapp have also been crucial for getting in touch with our families and Skype were offering free calls to Nepal.
“Often we couldn’t use telephones so social media was the only source of contact we had.”
The girls are sending the monies raised to the Disasters Emergency Committee which is a charity they have seen do a lot of good work in Nepal.
“Some family members have lost people and children and my mum’s brother’s son was found alive beneath the rubble which was a miracle as he is only seven years old,” reflected Apsara.
“As well as the loss of life there has been a huge loss of culture with so many ancient buildings also falling.”
“My aunt has lost her home,” picked up Sushma, “it was such a massive earthquake and much bigger than anyone realised when we initially heard it had happened.”
Apsara continued: “The aftershocks are almost as powerful as the initial earthquake. It has been the first in 80-years and it has been worse than the one then too. Most of the help and aid has gone to big cities and not rural areas. Another concern is the dead bodies which have not been taken care of and could lead to disease.
“But all of the Nepalese people have come together and are working together to help one another at this difficult time.”