2 April 2019: Amid worldwide campaigns to raise funds for the victims of recent rainstorm disaster in Nepal, the Australian chapter of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has announced a contribution of $3,000 for the cause.
The fund would go to relief operations being undertaken in Bara and Parsa districts of Nepal where the powerful rainstorm destroyed villages after villages leaving tens of thousands of people without shelter. The two districts were hit hard by the rainstorm last weekend claiming nearly three dozen lives.
NRNA Australia’s spokesperson Dila Kharel said an emergency meeting of the organisation decided to contribute the funds in line with the call from its global body, NRNA International Coordination Council.
NRNA Australia will also contribute another $1000 to Association of Nepal Terai in Australia which is leading simultaneous fundraiser campaign for relief operations in the same two districts.
When asked why funds were channeled into two different campaigns for the same cause, the spokesperson clarified NRNA wanted to “empower local community here in Australia too”.
It is understood, another $1000 would also be contributed to an international campaign to save a Nepalese youth from death penalty. Nepalese citizen Jaleswhor Chaudhary is currently in Saudi jail facing execution unless his family pays a “blood money” equivalent to NRs 4,500,000 – an impossible amount of money for the family of a impoverished migrant worker.