Southeast Nepalese Students Hosting Dinner to Benefit Earthquake Relief Efforts

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 28, 2015 –Students from Nepal attending Southeast Missouri State University will host Help for NEPAL, a fund-raising dinner on Thursday, April 30, to help support their homeland rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake over the weekend.

The Nepalese Student Association will serve traditional Nepalese foods to dinner guests, while providing a backdrop of information about their country before and after this disaster. The dinner will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Centenary Church, 300 N. Ellis Street in Cape Girardeau.

Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and are $10 per person, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the relief efforts of the International Medical Corps. Tickets are available at the International Center at Southeast Missouri State University or by contacting a member of the Nepalese Student Association.

All of the Nepalese students at Southeast have been affected by this tragedy in some way, said Suzanne Omran, assistant director of international programming and advisor to the Nepalese Student Association at Southeast. About 75 students from Nepal are currently enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. They represent the wide diversity of ethnicity and cultures within Nepal through the Nepalese Student Association, she said.

The April 25 earthquake that jolted Nepal has devastated villages and major cities, leaving thousands dead and many more thousands injured. Search and rescue efforts are underway for those unaccounted for, while the survivors struggle to find shelter, food, and water.

For more information on the event, please contact event organizers Milan Dhakal, (573) 200-4368; Nikhil Khanal, (617) 602-5985; or Omran, (573) 986-6751.