Nepal is the 11th most earthquake-prone country in the world. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, ravaging majority of the country – 31 out of 75 districts were affected. The catastrophic earthquake followed by several hundreds of aftershocks killed nearly 9,000 people and injured around 22,000 people. According to UNICEF, one million of the eight million people affected by the earthquake are children. The devastation was widespread and destroyed homes and office buildings, heritage sites, schools and health posts, roads, and other infrastructure. The death toll of children and youths could have been much higher if the earthquake had hit during weekdays, considering the fact that 8,000 schools were severely damaged or collapsed. Given the extent and scale of the devastation, it will take several years to bring the country back to where it was, even though several recovery projects are in place.
With the intent and goal to assist rebuilding Nepal, the Nepal Center of North Carolina (NCNC) Inc. successfully hosted the Pilot Run4Nepal event on August 30, 2015. The project was a huge success with approximately 500 runners/walkers (130 were competitive runners). The fund collected during the run supported construction of 4 elementary schools (Guranse Primary School -Lapilang VDC, Deurali Primary School – Lapilang VDC, Janakalyan Primary School – Lamidanda VDC and Saptamai Primary School – Barbare VDC) in Dolakha, Nepal. Encouraged by the success of our inaugural run in 2015, we want to continue to provide financial support to the schools that we have helped build and start new projects where needed within underprivileged earthquake stricken regions in Nepal. We invite you to come join us in this effort again this year on April 30th, 2017 to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake. With a mission to re-vitalize our efforts to rebuild Nepal, let’s come together on April 30, 2017.
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON APRIL 30, 2017!