My name is Alexandra Morrow and I am a 2014-15 IA/JGS Fellow. I spent this past August through December studying abroad in Nepal and the experience largely impacted my life in ways that are impossible to illustrate with words alone. The best I can do is say, the family and friends I met while in Nepal have become some of the most important people in my life. My experience was immersive – culturally and linguistically. I spent 5 months learning Nepali language both in a classroom and at home with my host family. My host family does not speak English. I’ve called to speak with them just about every week since coming home, to keep up my language skills and to check in on how they are doing.
As many of you know, on Saturday April 25th at 11:56am Nepal was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Since the first major impact, hundreds of aftershocks have hit the country. Though the worst of the aftershocks are over, the impending monsoon season will make the rebuilding process even more difficult than it already might have been.
In this tragedy I have looked to photographs, news reports, and social media depicting the aftermath not as photos of a faraway land, but as photos of the reality that the people I know and love are facing. Many of the families who hosted students for my study abroad program have lost their homes and do not have the means to rebuild them, including my own. They are currently living in a makeshift shelter in their field.
Myself, and 5 other host students who had the great fortune of living with the Budhathoki Family during our respective semesters abroad have organized an online fund to raise money to aid them in their recovery.
It costs $15,000 to build a home in Nepal. Our goal is to reach that benchmark. At this time we have raised $6,280. While it is unlikely we will reach our ultimate goal, we would like to get as close as we can. We have 8 days left to fundraise. The campaign ends on June 21st.
I ask for your financial support to aid these wonderful, generous, and loving people in this difficult time, in whatever capacity you are able to offer it. Any amount helps, however large – however small. This family cared for me and other students when I was far from my own home. They shared their lives, their love, and their culture – and for that I owe them everything. My heart breaks knowing that their home is no more and that their lives have been indefinitely changed, but I reach out to you in hope that we can aid them in that recovery.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns do not hesitate to reach out. You can reach me at: email@example.com
Additionally you are welcome to read the blog I kept while in Nepal, to get a better idea of my experience during those 5 months. http://abroadinnepal.tumblr.com/
The password is: Nepal2014
Here is the link to the fundraising page. https://www.tilt.com/campaigns/budhathoki-family-fund