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Nepalese students at Southeast raising money for earthquake relief

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Some Southeast Missouri State University students from Nepal are helping bring the earthquake relief effort to the Heartland.

Nikhil Khanal's mother, father and brother live in Nepal's capitol city, an area hit hard by Saturday's earthquake.

"We're just all worried how our families are handling the situation," Khanal said. "They are just totally scared. They just don't know what's going to happen next."

Khanal, a senior at Southeast, said his family like thousands of survivors are now facing food and water shortages, power outages and aftershocks.

"They're taking shelter and are in open spaces where there are not big buildings," Khanal said.

Around 8,000 miles away from home, Khanal and other Nepalese students are trying to do their part to help.

"Not a big effort but a small effort," Southeast freshman and Nepal native Milan Dhakal said.

The Nepalese Student Association hosted a bake sale on campus on Monday to raise money for relief organizations.

Later this week, students will host a dinner fundraiser at the Centenary United Methodist Church. All of the money raised from ticket sales will go to earthquake victims.

"These are young people who are finding ways to be in service to their country and their fellow man," youth services director Dave Wiant said.

Church leaders recognize the unity fundraisers can provide in times like these.

"Let's pray for our country,” Dhakal said. “We will make our country better."

"We are just trying to do our best to raise some money and send some relief back home," Khanal said.

Tickets for the dinner are $10 and they must be purchased ahead of time. Dinner will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.

Contact the SEMO International Center, 573-978-6751, to purchase tickets or for more information.

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