The Association of Nepalese in Iceland is among the associations and companies in Iceland raising funds for emergency aid following the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.
The Student Association at the Community College of Breiðholt (Fjölbrautaskólinn í Breiðholti) donated ISK 150,000 (USD 1,200, EUR 1,000) to the cause. Seven of the school’s students are from Nepal. “We are very thankful for the donation. It doesn’t matter if people donate small or large amounts, whether it is food, money or clothes. Everything helps,” Kushu Gurung, from the Nepalese Association told Fréttablaðið.
More than 100 Nepalese reside in Iceland. Kushu described how difficult the news has been for the Nepalese community in Iceland. “We were just in shock the first days, it was incredibly difficult for us all to not be able to contact people right away,” she said, adding that it was important that everyone stood together.
Pharmaceutical company Alvogen in cooperation with UNICEF and the Red Cross will hold a fundraising concert at Harpa in Reykjavík on June 6. Among the musicians set to perform are Retro Stefson, AmabAdamA and Ylja.
The goal is to raise ISK 5 million through the event, visir.is reports.
Actavis plc, the parent company of Actavis in Iceland, is contributing ISK 3.5 million (USD 26,000, EUR 24,000) to disaster relief through the British NGO International Health Partners (IHP) and is looking into ways to donate medicine and medical equipment.
The Icelandic government is contributing ISK 10 million.
Donations to the Icelandic Red Cross can be made here.
Two Icelandic climbers, Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir and Ingólfur Axelsson, were at Camp 1 on Mount Everest at the time of the earthquake and subsequent avalanche. Both are safe but five people on Vilborg’s team and three on Ingólfur’s died in the avalanche.
Ingólfur wrote about the devastation on Facebook: “We lost all our equipment and gear, but what is troubling is that if we would have been in basecamp we would have died with Kumar, Tenzing and Pasang Temba. Regarding the situation in camp1 when the earthquake hit I need some time to put that down in words,” he wrote.