Days after earthquakes rocked Nepal last Saturday, with the largest measuring a magnitude of 7.9 and turning buildings into rubble, killing thousands and forcing many to take refuge outdoors, Queens community groups have rallied to send aid to their mountainous homeland.
Queens, which has a community of Nepal natives living in Jackson Heights, Woodside, Sunnyside and Ridgewood estimated in the thousands, is home to several Nepalese community groups that have raised thousands of dollars since news of the quake broke Saturday around 1 a.m. New York time.
Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights was packed Sunday evening with those commemorating what is now estimated to be the more than 5,000 lives lost in the disaster, which sent shockwaves through the country’s capital, Kathmandu, and left many in remote villages blocked from receiving supplies.
Sunday’s vigil, which attracted hundreds and included dozens of candles spelling out “Pray for Nepal,” was organized by several community groups, including Adhikaar, a Woodside-based nonprofit aiding Nepali-speaking immigrants.
Luna Ranjit, the executive director of the nonprofit, said Tuesday that the event raised more than $30,000. She added community leaders are pulling together a list of non-monetary requests.