Nepalaese Host Candlelight Vigil for Quake Victims

by ANDREW LOFHOLMNews 4 San AntonioFacebook{}| Twitter

Around 100 people gathered tonight at the Alamo to raise money and awareness for the victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal. More than 7,000 people are dead after last week's 7.8 magnitude quake. The true extent of the damage is still unknown is as reports continue to come in from remote areas.

Resources from around the world are flowing into the Himalayan nation--including some in San Antonio. The San Antonio Nepalese Association literally started just a few days ago as a response to the earthquake. They tell us there are around 300 people with Nepal roots living in San Antonio and their group, just a few days old, has more than 100 people in it.

The goal of this vigil is to not only raise awareness, but raise whatever money they can. While many live in America, so many have family back home and either know someone who died, or knows someone that knows someone that died. They say the event tonight is about coming together.

"This is the time to show unity and love and their responsibility to their homeland," Parkash Srethstha, a SANA member said.

Nishant Hada, the president of the association said, "It's overwhelming seeing such such kind of support in our community and we have people in the Indian community here to share their sorrow and pain and help us raise money."

They didnt put a dollar figure on how much they hope to raise, saying anything helps. You can access the group's website HERE.

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