A local nonprofit benefiting communities from Nepal received a $2,000 donation from the Garden School Key Club to go towards relief efforts after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the South Asian country last month.
A group of students at the pre-K to 12th grade school, located at 33-16 79th St. in Jackson Heights, were motivated to help out after hearing of the devastation caused by the earthquake which struck Nepal on April 25 and saw a death toll of up to more than 7,000 people.
The Garden School Key Club led the fundraising efforts and students, particularly ninth-grader Aneesh D., mobilized in a multi-component initiative which included a soccer match pitting faculty members against their pupils, a “change jug”in the school hallway, and solicitation of donations from the community.
The school administration was very encouraging of the students and praised their commitment to the Garden School’s mission of “social involvement.”
Councilman Daniel Dromm helped the Garden School students to identify Adhikaar, an nonprofit benefiting the Nepali community in New York, as a local organization which would help the donations get to those most in need.
Adhikaar Program Coordinator Raji Pokhrel gratefully accepted the donation and spoke to students on progress being made to relieve the damage done to the country and the continued need for aid from the international community.