Nepali locals raise money to help Nepal earthquake victims

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC)- There are thousands of Nepalese people living in Rochester and many of them have family members and friends affected by the Earthquake in Nepal. Sunday, many of them organized together to come up with a plan to raise money for the victims of disaster.

There are around 8,000 Nepali people living in Rochester, many who came to America for a better life.

Bijaya Khadka is a 24-year old Nepali refugee. He grew up with his family of seven in a Nepal refugee camp. Khadka and his family came to America in 2009 for a better life.

Khadka has family and friends still in Nepal. They are safe, but some are homeless because of the earthquake.

“I was heart broken in tears,” Khadka said. “We see pictures they are holding their children and they are dying.”

Khadka is raising money through an organization he founded, House of Refuge. The organization helps Nepali refugees get on their feet, find jobs and housing. He hopes to raise $30,000 dollars.

Pranay Shah, of the Rochester Nepalese Society is also raising money with his organization.

“It’s important because in Nepal, it’s a poor country,” Shah said. “The government wants to help but they can’t help everyone out and all of us our heart is still back there.”
 
If you’d like to donate, you can reach out to Rochester Nepalese society on  Facebook which can be found here.

All funds will go to the community account and will be sent to the Nepal Relief Fund or Red Cross.

To donate to the House of Refuge you can call 585-348-4545.

Red Cross disaster relief fund for the earthquake victims can be found here.

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