26 April 2020 I Less than two weeks since they forked a million dollars for vulnerable international students at MIT campuses in Sydney and Melbourne, Australian rich-listers Dr Shesh Ghale and Jamuna Gurung have turned their attention to their country of origin.
A representative of the MIT Group Foundation, a charitable organisation the philanthropic couple founded in 2015, handed over a cheque of NPR 30 million to the secretary of Nepal PM’s office earlier today.
In a press statement, Dr Ghale urged the Government of Nepal to spend the approximately $385,000 for COVID-19 “testing, contact-tracing and response”.
“Our representatives have handed over the fund on our behalf as we were unable to be present (in Kathmandu) due to the ongoing travel ban,” the MIT CEO said through the statement.
He remarked that the amount donated by the Foundation is merely a ‘drop in the ocean’ but a “gesture of goodwill to assist and encourage the Government of Nepal in their effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus in Nepal”.
The couple founded the MIT Group Foundation in 2015 with the objective of providing relief to poverty stricken people in developing countries.
Helping Nepal cope with disasters and hardships has been at the core of the MIT Group Foundation’s Nepal operations. The organisation was very closely involved in the relief and rehabilitation operations following 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015.
The NPR 30 million cash assistance by the Ghale family is the single biggest donation to the Nepal government’s COVID-19 fund.
Earlier, former king Gyanendra Shah had donated NPR 20 million on April 20.