On April 25, Nepal was struck by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The initial devastation has been massive, with more than 3,815 casualties reported thus far—with expected casualties to go up with reports from rural areas. At this very difficult time for Nepal, all of us must come together to help provide coordinated aid as quickly as possible. We urge all residents within the State of Iowa and around to help us in Rescue and Relief Efforts. Iowa Nepalese Association (INA) has been working diligently in ensuring all our local community relatives are safe in the affected areas and are in direct communication with the local first responders to help facilitate the collective response. Our very own community members Kailash Kayastha and Surendra Bajracharya are in Kathmandu and will be our direct ground contacts in Nepal.

We need your help and support. We are utilizing our INA home page as the donation page so we can streamline the funds raised. Please go to the following link to make the donation, and encourage friends and family to do the same. Please look into your organization or university’s matching donation programs when making a donation to make bigger impact.

Iowa Nepalese Association (INA) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Greater Des Moines Area which actively supports the local Nepalese community in Iowa. We will ensure that 100 percent of the contributions raised will be directly disbursed to the local, national and international organizations to support Rescue and Relief efforts as soon as possible in a most effective way.

Online donation: http://www.iowanepaleseassociation.org

If mailing a check, make it payable to: Iowa Nepalese Association, 1127 90th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

For direct deposits, INA bank account info: Wells Fargo Bank, Account#: 9793834962, Routing#: 073000228, Wire Transfer Inside US#: 121000248.

Please note that you are donating for a cause to 501(c)(3) organization; you can deduct this donation from your taxes. Tax ID for Iowa Nepalese Association is 46-2263203.

For more information and update on our local efforts from Iowa Nepalese Association, please follow us on INA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IowaNepal

Email us at info@iowanepaleseassociation.org

Visit our website at http://www.iowanepaleseassociation.org

For additional details, please contact Bikram Shrestha at 938-92453