On May 2, little seven-year-old Aarush arrived at the Global Peace Foundation Nepal office in Kathmandu and donated 390 NRs, everything from his piggy bank, to the “Rise Nepal” relief efforts.
Aarush’s contribution is but a snapshot of the many heroes rising up from the dust in the aftermath of the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that shook the heart of the nation.
#RiseNepal is a youth led volunteer effort supported by the Global Peace Foundation and other members of the AsiaPacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA), mobilizing volunteers committing their time, expertise and energy to rebuild Nepal, brighter and stronger.
Even as residents are evacuating Nepal’s capital, volunteers are showing up every day to join #RiseNepal. May 4 marks the sixth day of the campaign. Heroic local Nepali are providing much needed manpower, services and inspiration to local communities and grass roots and international organizations such as the Rotract Club, Red Cross, police, municipalities, community leaders, and non-profits, who are on the ground providing relief and recovery. So far, more than 200 volunteers have pitched in.
Sam Johnson, co-chair of the disaster track of the Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance and founder of the Volunteer Army in New Zealand trained the first wave of volunteers, telling them, “Be prepared to deliver any service, anywhere to the earthquake victims.”
And volunteers have done just that. From cleaning rubble to distributing and delivering food and medical supplies, building tents and promoting cleanliness in the makeshift settlements for displaced people, and bringing solar lanterns to remote households who have been without electricity, volunteers have extended their services far and wide. A medical team led by a member of the Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance brought a team of medical professionals to Barahi Temple in Bhaktapur. More recently a team of engineering students and professionals has been assembled to assess the integrity of the buildings in Kathmandu. Teams have been dispatched to Tudikhel, Bhaktapur, Barhabise, Sindhupalchowk, Gotikhel, Nuwakot, Sankhu, Gongabu and as far out as Gorkha.
Little Aarush’s piggy bank donation, the time and love of the growing number of #RiseNepal volunteers, the outpouring of concern and help from every corner of the world, every little bit put together can move the mountain of rubble and help #RiseNepal.
To contribute to #RiseNepal:
CONNECT to local to the volunteer corps.
DONATE to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at www.ifrc.org or other disaster response organizations.