Thursday, June 4, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – When Dr. Narayan Neupane of Summit Pulmonology first heard about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 25, he knew he had to do something.

“That’s my home. I grew up in Nepal; my sisters still live there, my family lives there. That is my home country,” he said.

Neupane began getting in touch with various aid groups in the region most affected by the earthquake to find out what they need.

He encouraged friends are who are medical doctors to travel to Nepal to volunteer their services and he sent boxes of medical supplies, including first aid kids, dressing kits, and bandages.

“The volunteers are on the ground in this rural area. They are helping the victims of the devastation that the earthquake has left behind,” he said.

But then a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the country again on May 12. The need to help became even more apparent. These two earthquakes killed more than 9,000 people, injured 20,000, and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.

“People have lost their homes and are in desperate need of food, shelter, clothes, and medical assistance in the Gorkha district and the neighboring district, Lamjung, where I am originally from,” Neupane said.

While several weeks have passed since the first quake, many parts of the country are still left in ruin.

Neupane is now encouraging residents to make financial donations through two Nepal-based organizations that are providing relief. All donations to both 501c3 organizations are tax deductible.

SEBS, or the Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students, is a group of alumni from the Budhanilkantha School in Kathmandu who aim to provide social service in the community of Nepal and help in its development. Donations can be made online at

The Gorkha Foundation aims to improve and sustain the living condition of people living in the Gorkha region of Nepal. Gorkha was the epicenter of the earthquake. Donations can be made online at

“Any help is appreciated,” Neupane said. “Something as small as $5 can make a difference.”

Additionally, he is working with the Chambersburg Hospital Department of Pastoral Services to plan a medical mission trip to Nepal. The trip is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2016, but could happen earlier.

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