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Queens-based Nepali soccer team raises over $4K for earthquake relief

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Photo courtesy of the New York Nepalese Football Club

Soccer teams from near and far put on their cleats this weekend to raise money to help rebuild a school that was destroyed after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal last month, leaving more than 7,000 people dead.

Members of the New York Nepalese Football Club (NYNFC) held a “HELP NEPAL” soccer tournament at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City this Sunday where money was raised to continue the group’s efforts in the South Asian country.

After the earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, the crowd helped organize vigils in Jackson Heights and Times Square, and also collected thousands in funds.

“Wherever we go, everyone says we did a very good job and they appreciate our job,” said Pralay Rajbhandari, a player and member of the New York Nepalese Football Club. “Even in Nepal, everyone has come to know about our club.

A total of $4,023 was collected during the May 24 tournament, called the Nepal Relief Soccer Cup, which featured 10 soccer teams – with some from Connecticut and New Jersey – and over 250 audience members.

The funds will go toward rebuilding a school in Khale in the Sindupalchowk region of Nepal, and also providing stationary, bags and uniforms for almost 150 students.

“We thought with being a soccer club, if we do some kind of sporting event it will attract more youth to this cause which was very successful,” Rajbhandari said.

At the end of the tournament, NYNFC came out the winners and took home a trophy.

The group is still selling T-shirts for $15 and bands for $5 in order to continue raising funds for victims in Nepal. For more information, contact Rajbhandari at 347-891-9841.


Ridgewood community asked to support Nepal earthquake victims

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Screenshot via www.gofundme.com

After a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake rocked the country of Nepal on Saturday, residents of Ridgewood are being asked to come together to support the victims of this natural disaster.

Ridgewood has a large Nepalese community, and each and every one of them were shaken by the news of the massive earthquake that hit their home country. Some have lost family members in the quake, while others are still waiting to hear from loved ones.

The Nepalese American Youth Association (NAYA) is asking the community to help the earthquake victims by donating items needed by the survivors.

On their Facebook page, NAYA is asking for donations of medical supplies such as bandages, surgical gloves and masks, ibuprofen and sterile syringes. They are also looking for donations of energy bars, clean clothes, blankets, batteries, flashlights, duct tape and other necessities.

Donations are being collected at Nepalese Indian Restaurant located at 907 Seneca Ave.

NAYA has also created a GoFundMe donation page where anyone can donate any amount of money to support the relief efforts. In just four days, NAYA has collected over $3,000 from 78 donators.

NAYA is hosting a memorial vigil for the earthquake’s victims Wednesday evening, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Carl Clemens Triangle located on the corner of Myrtle and Cypress avenues.

For more information on donating and the vigil, please contact Bikash Kharel, treasurer and one of the founding members of NAYA, at 718-581-9840.


Woodside nonprofit raises nearly $25K through online campaign for victims of Nepal earthquake

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Photo by Cristina Furlong

Even though they might be far from home, members of one Nepalese nonprofit in Woodside have raised almost $25,000 in donations to help family and loved ones left devastated after this weekend’s earthquake in Nepal.

The nonprofit Adhikaar, which means “rights” in Nepali, started an Indiegogo Life online campaign to raise funds to provide immediate relief for survivors of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake which has claimed over 4,600 lives.

Some members of the organization have lost family and friends after the earthquake, and they have heard news that victims are in need of food, tents, and more trained personnel to conduct rescue operations.

The campaign’s goal was set at $21,000 and the group surpassed that goal, raising $24,937 in just three days. Adhikaar has also raised $8,000 in cash donations with the number growing by the minute.

“It’s great to see so many people reach out to us and helping us during this time,” said Yangal, a program and administration assistant at Adhikaar, whose family lives Nepal. She added that it was difficult to contact her relatives for the first couple of days but now they call every day. 

People can still donate to the campaign by clicking here

All the funds collected by the nonprofit will be sent to volunteers who the organization has remained in contact with in both India and Nepal. The money will then be used to purchase the most basic and necessary resources victims need. 

Cash donations and checks, made out to Adhikaar and specified for the Nepal earthquake, are being accepted at the organization’s Woodside community center located at 71-07 Woodside Ave.

A candlelight vigil, with only electric candles, is scheduled to take place in Times Square on Friday from 8 to 10 p.m.


$24K raised at Jackson Heights candlelight vigil for Nepal earthquake victims

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Photos by Pralay Rajbhandari

Jackson Heights and the surrounding communities have come together to show the victims of this weekend’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal that they are not alone.

Members of the Queens Nepalese community and the New York Nepalese Football Club have begun a fundraising campaign to collect money that will buy necessary items for families left devastated after the earthquake hit the country on Saturday, claiming more than 3,200 lives.

“Whenever these things happen, we get together,” said Pralay Rajbhandari, a player and member of the New York Nepalese Football Club. “We are all united for this great cause.”

Rajbhandari, who has been living in Jackson Heights for eight years, has his whole family in Nepal and spent hours trying to contact them after the earthquake hit. He was finally able to contact his father and found out that his home in Nepal had partially collapsed and his family is currently staying at a shelter.

“It was heartbreaking,” Rajbhandari said. “After I heard the news I was trying to find [my family] but finally after a few hours I talked to my father. There is panic everywhere and the fear is still there. The whole country is in pain right now.”

Photo by Cristina Furlong

Photo by Cristina Furlong

On Sunday, close to a thousand people gathered in Jackson Heights to hold a candlelight vigil and pray for loved ones in Nepal. By the end of the day, $24,000 was collected.

“I was surprised. So many people came, so much support,” Rajbhandari said. “It was not only Nepalese people. All people donated generously and the figure is still going up.”

Councilman Daniel Dromm also attended the Sunday vigil to show his support.

“My heart goes out to the thousands of families who have lost someone in the catastrophic earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday,” Dromm said. “On Sunday, I joined many of my constituents in Diversity Plaza as a show of support for the earthquake victims. Many established organizations such as Adhikaar, the Red Cross and UNICEF need our support in the form of cash contributions. This is the best way to help right now.”

The organizers of Sunday’s vigil are currently still set up at Diversity Plaza, located at 73rd Street and 37th Road, and are accepting monetary donations as well as clothes or other items.

The president of the New York Nepalese Football Club, Wangla Lama, traveled to Nepal after the quake and is visiting shelters and writing down what people need.

Rajbhandari said that people in Nepal are in dire need of food, water, tents and blankets, and that any kind of donation would help. He also encourages people to donate to the Red Cross.

Photo by Cristina Furlong

Photo by Cristina Furlong

He added that some members of the club have also applied to head to Nepal to volunteer and are just waiting to get the permission to travel.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya, who represents parts of Jackson Heights, is also opening his office for any members of Queens’ Nepalese and South Asian communities who are in need of assistance.

“To New York’s Nepalese community, I send this message—the family of New York is behind you and we will support you in your time of need,” Moya said. “All of New York mourns with you in this moment of sadness.”

A candlelight vigil is expected to be held this Friday at 8 p.m. in Times Square. Anyone who is looking to donate or who has any questions on how they can help can contact Rajbhandari at 347-891-9841.


Major earthquake strikes Mexico

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A major earthquake struck Mexico near Oaxaca, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The 7.4 magnitude quake hit Mexico at just after noon local time.  The earthquake epicenter was 11 miles underground and 115 miles east of Acapulco, according to the USGS.

Reports from the USGS indicate that the tremor was felt as far as 535 miles away.

According to the National Weather Service there is a possibility for some local tsunami effects, but a full tsunami was not generated.

No damage has been reported, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón tweeted.

Originally the USGS had reported that the quake registered a 7.6.

More details to come.