Nepal launches campaign to help children of Haiti

20:40, January 20, 2010      

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While the whole world is overcome by grief for Haiti earthquake tragedy, Nepali private organizations Wednesday launched a campaign to support and help the kids of Haiti who are suffering due to the catastrophic earthquake.

Kidzeea, a kindergarten based in the capital Kathmandu, together with Lovers' Association announced to carry on this noble movement at a press meet in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

Following the experts' concern over Nepal being listed as one of the most vulnerable zone of earthquake due to unmanaged, unplanned and unsystematic city settlement, the duo private organizations persuaded people to share selfless love and care world-wide on this effect.

"By campaigning to collect fund for Haiti children, literally we are campaigning to protect our Nepalese children," said Rakesh Upadhya, Managing Director of Kidzeea

Keeping in mind that Nepal could also face the same fate of Haiti, the organizers said, "Though we are campaigning at the moment for Haiti children, we want to protect the kids of Nepal from earthquake in the future by creating public awareness."

According to Upadhya, the campaign will continue for ten days, collecting funds in public streets whatever they can support.

The organizers will send the collected funds to Haiti children adhering to United Nations representative and media persons, Upadhya stressed.

However, he said that they have not written any official letter to United Nations, but are planning to coordinate with UNICEF. "We have also consult with Amod Mani Dixit, Executive Director of National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) to support us for creating awareness in public regarding earthquake safety techniques," Upadhya added.

"We have already deposited 10,000 rupees from our side in " lovers' coffer" for this noble reason and we appeal to all Nepalese citizens to give whatever they can," said Abhit Pyakurel, president of Lovers' Association.

According to the latest report, the Haitian government raised the death toll in last week's devastating earthquake to 75,000 on Tuesday.

Some 250,000 people were wounded and a million more left homeless, the Haitian Civil Defense Department said in a statement.

The small Caribbean nation is in desperate need of tents, water, food, medical supplies and workers, the statement said.

There have been no exact figures about casualties after a 7.3- magnitude earthquake hit Haiti last Tuesday. Haitian officials estimated that the final death toll could reach between 100,000 and 200,000.

Source: Xinhua
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