Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Donations sought to aid Nepal in wake of earthquake

Donations are being accepted to help people in Nepal recover from the devastating earthquake that hit April 25.

Two current La Follette School students, Debaki Ale and Kaubin Neupane, are helping with the fund-raising at La Follette. Donation canisters are available in the basement lounge and in the front office of the school.

Both originally from Nepal, Ale and Neupane are working with the university's Nepal Student Association to raise donations to Sarvodaya USA, which is accepting electronic and check donations on its website, http://www.sarvodayausa.org/nepal-earthquake.html.

"We, the Nepali students at UW-Madison, are deeply affected by this tragedy and are looking for ways to help the people in need. The Nepal Student Association is helping raise funds for immediate relief, recovery and rebuilding," the NSA says. "Nepal is in need of immediate humanitarian support."

Sarvodaya USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with strong ties to Nepal and the University of Wisconsin–Madison community. The nonprofit's Nepal liaison and former executive director, Shisir Khanal, is a 2005 La Follette School alum who established Teach for Nepal, a grassroots effort to improve education in Nepal. Sarvodaya USA has partnered with the UW Global Health Institute for the past five years to bring UW–Madison students to Nepal to learn about health and wellness in Nepal and participate in service learning projects in rural Nepali communities. Khanal is involved in recovery efforts in some of these same villages. Donations will directly aid these activities. Information on Sarvodaya USA and its Nepal earthquake effort is available online.

2011 La Follette alum Santosh Lamichhane is also helping with fund-raising in Madison, Ale says.

The Nepal Student Association is a registered student organization at UW–Madison and is coordinating on relief efforts with the Nepali American Friendship Association, a Nepali community based in Madison. On Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m., people will gather at the State Capitol (near State Street) for a candlelight vigil and fund-raiser event. More information is on Facebook.

For more information on how to help, please contact Ale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Neupane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Nepal Student Association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..