Pranita Sharma Dahal 


Nepal Earthquake Help Still Needed

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Thursday May 28, 2015

As we all know, massive earthquakes have devastated Nepal. Over 8,000 people lost their lives and many are missing in the destruction. Millions of families are still spending their nights outside their homes in the cold without proper shelter. Until now, electricity, the mobile network, and the internet are inaccessible due to damage.

It was a normal day for the Nepalese until the clock struck 12 p.m. and the disastrous earthquake occurred. It destroyed everything precious to Nepal. People died, children became orphans, and mothers became childless. Most families lost their properties. Most of the houses were damaged and those, which are left, are cracked in places. Our heritage, our pride, and our ancestors’ gifts are left only in our memories. People have no place to go so they are taking shelter in temporary tents or in fields. There is no proper food or water supply. Those people buried inside the rubble have yet to be rescued. The dead have not been buried. Soon this will give rise to different epidemics, which would be impossible for a country like ours to deal with.

As a responsible Nepali citizen, I would like to pray for the Nepalese people who suffered the tragedy of experiencing two major earthquakes – both almost 8.0 on the Richter scale. The first news that was able to touch me was the destruction of Dharahara, a beautiful nine-story tower where I had visited. Also, I heard that other areas such as Basantapur Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar square, and Patan Durbar square were equally affected. I couldn’t do anything except to pray that our family and friends were all safe. I tried to contact our family and friends but I was not able to do so as the mobile phones were all dead by then. At that moment, I badly missed my family, relatives and my friends from the Kathmandu Valley.

Most countries are still helping by sending millions and millions of dollars. Right now, my motherland is crying. Not only is our country suffering, but other countries like India and China are facing the effects of the earthquakes, too, but Nepal has been most affected. If possible, I request you all to help us in this difficult time. I would like to thank all South Burlington students, teachers, counselors, and community members for donating to the victims of this terrible earthquake. None of us know when our death will come, not only in our country but for all countries, so please don’t sit back and wait - help Nepal now.

You can make a donation to support the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake through the following organizations:

Charity Water:
100% of donations go to relief:
www.charitywater.org

The Vermont
Community Foundation:
www.vermontcf.org                                             

The Red Cross:
redcross.org/donate (choose
“Nepal Earthquake Relief”)

Pranita Sharma Dahal is a senior at South Burlington High School. She lived in Nepal for 16 years, and has been living in Vermont for two years. 

SOURCE: Pranita Sharma Dahal, SBHS Student Guest Contributor