Startling numbers across our TV screens indicate the scale of the devastation from the huge earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation on Saturday with the most destruction in Nepal. Donations started pouring in from all over the world immediately in the hour of crisis and nothing could deter the students and teachers of Delhi University from lending a helping hand for Nepal earthquake.
“After the quake we decided to do something immediately for the people of our country”, says Rina Koirala, Treasurer of The Nepalese Students’ Association, Delhi University. The students’ association conducted a two day drive with the help of 50-60 volunteers.
The first day of the drive was conducted in North Campus covering Kamla Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station and Vijay Nagar. On the second day, the drive was conducted at Connaught Place and South Campus where donations both in cash and kind were collected. The group managed to accumulate Rs. 2,90,000 in cash which was then used to buy necessities and was sent to Nuwakot in Nepal. The first lot of aid consisting of tents, medicines, blankets, bottled water etc. has already reached the spot on Tuesday, with more to follow.
According to the official statement of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), the staff associations and Department Councils of Delhi University have been requested to donate their one day’s salary to the Prime Minister Relief Fund (PMRF). Further, the Committee for Coordination of Teachers’ Association of Delhi (CCTAD) issued a press note requesting all the teachers throughout the nation to come forward and donate in this hour of destruction.
Abhinav Rashtra, an NGO based in Delhi also conducted a drive in Dwarka and Janakpuri collecting donations in kind.
The students of Delhi University have taken a big step to help those in distress and we at DU Beat appeal all our readers to donate for the same cause.
Feature Image Credits: The Nepalese Students’ Association, Delhi University