help prabal gurung raise money for nepal

The designer has launched a massive crowdfunding campaign to aid earthquake victims in his native Nepal.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
27 April 2015, 4:20pm

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This past Saturday, a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, claiming the lives of over 3,800 people. The death toll is expected to sharply rise as aftershock jeopardizes those living in remote villages (one aid worker told the Guardian he fears as many as 15,000 people have been killed.) Registering a 7.9 on the Richter scale, the impact has also caused widespread infrastructural damage across the region, with thousands of people seeking refuge in tent cities and sewer pipes.

New York-based designer and Nepal native Prabal Gurung quickly mobilized aid relief, fearing for the safety of his family based in the region's capital, Kathmandu. Since Saturday, the designer has helped raise over $200,000 via Crowdrise to benefit his own foundation, the Shikshya Foundation Nepal. The foundation will allocate one-hundred percent of the funds towards Nepal's immediate needs--which include search and rescue efforts, medical relief, food and water, and stable shelters--as well as its long-term efforts to rebuild. "The needs are immediate, but the funds are even more crucial when the hysteria dies down and then rebuilding starts," Prabal told i-D.

CFDA CEO Steven Kolb announced the organization plans to donate $10,000 to the designer's fundraising efforts. "We hope others will join us in donating and help bring relief to the people of Nepal," Kolb said on Sunday.

Prabal, who used social media to generate awareness and rally relief, urges us to "spread the message and continue engagement," in addition to contributing aid funds. Additionally, the designer told us he plans to start another fundraising campaign: "[I want to] get designers [and] creative people engaged to come together and contribute financially or creatively."

Donate to the Shikshya Foundation Nepal's relief efforts here.

Follow VICE News' ongoing coverage of the tragedy here


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