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Nepali students association raises $27,000 for earthquake relief

MITeri, a Nepali students association, has raised more than $27,000 to aid relief efforts in Nepal, according to the group’s homepage.

The student group has raised the money through a form on its website, which says that the donations will be given to the Help Nepal Network USA, an organization that has been working in Nepal since 1999 and is working on the ground to provide relief. Funds collected through the site will be used to “procure relief materials such as tents, food, and water.”

HeNN USA’s website says that it has raised $285,000 to date for earthquake victims, $35,000 of which has thus far been wired to their team in Nepal.

Nepal continues to recover from a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck on April 25, killing more than 7,000 and leaving tens of thousands without food, shelter, and water.

In addition to raising money for the cause, MITeri also co-hosted a Hack-for-Nepal Buildathon to help analyze data and build software apps to aid in relief efforts.

“We want to leverage all of MIT’s resources, which go beyond money,” MITeri member Bigyan R. Bista G told MIT News.

Those wishing to help MITeri reach its fundraising goals can visit the group’s homepage at http://miteri.scripts.mit.edu/web/.

—William Navarre