Nepal-born Kamal Rauniar, a senior renewable energy advisor, had an anxious few days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck his homeland on April 25th, claiming almost 9,000 lives. An extensive family network, including five brothers living near Kathmandu, were at risk although thankfully emerged unscathed.
Kamal’s first thought was to travel home and to help with the relief effort, but he soon realised that he could do more good by raising money from the UK for the relief effort, as a co-ordinator for Indian-based charity Sewa International.
Kamal raised money by passing a bucket around his colleagues at Solarlec, and raising £8,000 to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. He and his wife organised various fundraisers in the large Indian community of South Manchester, whilst his 21-year-old son Shaunak agreed to shave his head if he could collect £500.
Channelled through Sewa Nepal, the money is already providing food, tents, sleeping bags and other essential supplies to those made homeless by the earthquake.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me,” said Kamal. “I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and their willingness to help.
“The rehabilitation and rebuilding work after such a disaster will continue to many years to come, so the fundraising must continue too.”
Donations can be made online at www.sewauk.org or by texting ‘SEWA14 £10’ to 70070.