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The Oregonian: Portland State students from Nepal seek local help for earthquake relief (video)
Author: Jessica Greif, The Oregonian
Posted: April 29, 2015

Read the original story and watch the video on OregonLive.com. 

It took two hours for Portland State University student Bishwaman Angdembe to contact his wife in Kathmandu late Friday night from Portland. 

She and their 1-year-old baby are safe and staying in a tent in the Nepali capitol where thousands of others are seeking shelter after an earthquake heavily damaged the region and killed thousands.

Angdembe and other members of Portland State University's Nepalese Student Association are sharing their stories on campus today and Thursday. They want to raise money to help with relief efforts, but just as importantly they want people to understand the breadth of the destruction halfway around the world.

"We are not prepared because the earthquake minimum standard was not implemented and Nepal people were building houses without any proper planning," Angdembe said. 

Angdembe, an MBA candidate with the School of Business Administration, founded the Nepalese student group, which has about a dozen students from Nepal and more than 20 students who are Nepali-American.

They started a Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraising Campaign through Mercy Corps and are hosting an information booth on campus Tuesday and Thursday at the Smith Memorial Student Union Cafeteria.

Watch the video above to hear from Angdembe as he and fellow Nepalese students works to bring immediate relief to their native country.

-- Jessica Greif

jgreif@oregonian.com

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