Global Peace Foundation Vice President David Caprara announced a special benefit program and silent auction for victims of the Nepal earthquake on a Virginia radio program on May 27.
A special guest on WVFA radio in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Mr. Caprara said local artists and businesses were coming together for the earthquake benefit, Rise Nepal, on June 14 in Fredericksburg to bring healing and show solidarity with the people of Nepal.
The greater Washington area is home to a Nepali community of some 50,000. The benefit will feature Nepali music, arts and food, as well as local Virginia performers who are committed to support ongoing relief efforts in the Himalayan nation.
Caprara was in Nepal just weeks before the earthquake struck for a youth assembly jointly sponsored by the Global Peace Foundation, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Nepal’s Ministry of Youth and Sports. He said the convening was a “call to action” for youth to address poverty, disaster, conflict, health and poverty, and to advance Nepal’s Youth Vision 2025.
“The day after the earthquake they were ready to roll into action,” Caprara said. “Some were homeless, living in tents, and they’re going out, clearing debris, bringing food, maternal kits, delivering solar lighting. It is heartening to see that from that foundation that was made a month before the resilience and beauty of the Nepal people, sacrificing, even without homes, to go out and help their neighbors.”
For more information on the benefit program call 540-891-4186. Tickets at the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center or contact [email protected]. Contributions for Nepal relief efforts can also be made at Donate to Rise Nepal.