Dine for Nepal Raises Estimated $1,400 for Earthquake Relief Efforts
BY JIM MALVEN
More than 100 members of the campus and local communities flocked to Mueller Student Center on Friday to taste traditional Nepalese food and help earthquake victims at the Fifth Annual Dine for Nepal.
The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association and coordinated by Westminster’s Nepalese students and other volunteers.
With entrance fees of $10 for students and $15 for non-students, the Westminster community raised approximately $1,400 for the nonprofit organization Women for Peace and Democracy, which “strives to empower women and unite their passion for building a peaceful and democratic Nepal.” Since the Kathmandu earthquake last April, these efforts have been focused on repairing schools and homes and providing food and shelter to those affected.
During the dinner, Nepali student Ayush Manandhar, ’17, told the story of Sumatra Tamang, a woman who lost her home in the earthquake and received life-changing donations from Westminster last spring. Tamang now has a home and is working with other women to help her community recover from the disaster, Manandhar said.
“I’m glad to see the students of Nepal do this and help relieve the earthquake damage,” Professor of Political Science Dr. John Langton said.
“I look forward to this event all year,” Dr. Heidi LaVine, associate professor of English, added. “The food is always delicious, and the students work so hard.”
At the buffet line, guests could choose from a number of options, including rice, pita bread, chicken, potatoes, cauliflower, chickpeas, green beans, lentils, cucumber, carrots and rasgulla, a syrupy South Asian dessert.
“I love the food,” Dr. Susan Serota, an education professor, said.
Dine for Nepal’s host, junior Mahima Poudel, from Kathmandu, said that she was pleased by how the event turned out and that she and her crew encountered very few setbacks.
“We ran out of rice, but I think, overall, it went pretty well,” she said.
Poudel added that she was glad to see that the event raised more money than her goal of $1,000 but that she would still like to see students continue to market the event more in future years.
“If you spend $10 here, it goes a long way back home,” she said. “A person buying one ticket for Dine for Nepal for $15 might not seem like a lot, but with the exchange rate, it turns into a significant amount of money.”