Bangladesh, 29 April, 2015: Asian University for Women community onÂ 27th of April,Â came together to light candles and have a minute of silence in a beautiful show of solidarity with Nepal in its time of crisis. Asian University for Women is the first liberal arts university for women in South Asia and is one of only two international universities in Bangladesh.
There were 35 students from Nepal in the AUW community, as well as many faculty, friends, supporters and alumnae. The Nepalese students along with friends collected funds for Nepal during the show. Moreover, other Nepalese students from Chittagong Medical College and University of Science and Technology Chittagong, also joined the program. Christina Tamang, student of UG3 at AUW is collecting funds online at Indiegogo. AUW Nepalese have been also collecting on site fund within Chittagong from different universities and through different local connections. Blankets and Tents have been bought from the raised funds. The goods are to be sent to Sindhupalchok and Kavre districts of Nepal on this Thursday 30thApril along with the medical kits and sanitation supplies gathered together by Nepalese students from University of Science and Technology College (USTC), Chittagong.
AUWâ€™s regional office is in Kathmandu, Nepal and is headed by Mr. Laxmi Narayan Choudhary, who is the country coordinator. He is aided by Archana Choudhary, (who graduated from AUW in 2013 with a major in Environmental Sciences) as its ambassador. Mr Narayan and Archana will be invigilating the destruction site and evaluating where and how our funds will be best utilized. After 30 days of raising funds, the AUW Nepalese students, will go back to Nepal and work to distribute the required aid and clothes, and assist the victims as needed.
“While we, 35 Nepalese students, peacefully study at our university, our Nepalese families are highly traumatized by the recent earthquake and have been taking shelter under very unstable circumstances. Hence, holding on to the support of the global community we’ve created through and at AUW, we hope to raise funds for our families and friends who continue to suffer due to this natural disaster” says Binita Jirel, a student of UG2 at AUW.
Along with the Nepalese students, their friends from Bangladesh, Malaysia, India and other countries are working to help Nepal, with sincere empathy.
By:Sumayea Binte Shafiul