Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We Heart Nepal

Editor's Note:  The devastation and suffering in Nepal are on minds university-wide, as this double post reflects.  Read on to learn about TWU's multiple connections to Nepal; where you can turn to learn more; and how you can help. 

4/27/15  As many of you know, Nepal suffered a massive scale (7.8) earthquake--the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years--on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  So far, more than 3,600 people have been reported dead, and about 6,500 have been injured.  Rescue efforts are underway to help those injured in the quake, but water is becoming scare and there are fears that children in particular are at risk of disease.

38 TWU students are from Nepal (26 on the Denton campus; 8 on the Dallas campus; and 4 on the Houston campus.)  The Office of International Education wants to help in any way it can.  If you’d like to donate needed items, collection boxes will be set up on the Denton campus in the Student Union and in the International office in Jones Hall; and on the Dallas campus in the Student Life office. Needed items include blankets, batteries, masks, umbrellas, first aid kits, sanitizers, painkillers, water purifiers, baby wipes, bug spray and gloves.

~Irene Connelly, TWU Office of International Education

4/27/15  Texas Woman’s University has many students who were born in Nepalor who have relatives and friends that live there.  The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 has devastated the country and leaves many TWU community members in Denton, Dallas and Houston grieving and anxious. 

The Nepalese Society of Texas is organizing support for victims of the earthquake, and the U.S. Nepalese Embassy is working to provide aid.  You can help in Denton, Dallas or Houston by seeking out local resource assistance agencies, or by participating in relief activities on the TWU campus nearest you.

The TWU Libraries have resources to help you understand the country of Nepal and relate to the TWU community members affected by this tragedy (see our History Subject Guide, or our Government & Political Science Subject Guide for databases and internet links with which to analyze Nepal's long and varied political system.)  A search for Nepal using TWUniversal Search (from the TWU Libraries homepage) will yield over 55,000 books, articles and other resources (including 14 children’s books.)

Nepal is home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak on Earth.  It is a landlocked country, bordered by the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of India, with a landscape dominated by the Himalayas

~Marilyn Goff, TWU Libraries

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