UH Hilo student from Nepal organizes earthquake relief fund

The recent devastating earthquake in Nepal has claimed more than 8,000 lives and left countless people homeless.

By Susan Enright.

Basanta Pahari
Basanta Pahari

Basanta Pahari, a senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo who hails from Nepal, has initiated a donation fund to help survivors of the devastating earthquake that struck his homeland on April 25. At a magnitude of 7.9, the earthquake leveled structures and destroyed infrastructure, leaving thousands of people stranded without food, drinking water, shelter and medicine.

I am Basanta Pahari from the city of Pokhara, Nepal and currently live in Hawaii, US. I spent 19 years of my life in Pokhara and I believe the time I spent in Pokhara was the most beautiful time of my life. Unfortunately, today I would like to update everyone with the news that is so painful for me to bear and I would like to ask for help.

The recent devastating earthquake that struck Nepal has claimed more than 5000 lives and has left countless people homeless. The death toll is expected to surge significantly as rescuers struggle to reach remote villages. A significant number of people are spending nights out in open areas without proper food, water and sanitation.

There is no doubt that this tragic earthquake has been heart wrenching and the loss of lives and suffering that it has brought is unbearable. Despite the Nepali government and international efforts, many victims of this catastrophic event are finding themselves without any hope of support. I would like to provide a helping hand to as many people as we can.

Many of my neighbors, the residents of my city, villages close to my city and the friends who live in Katmandu and other earthquake affected area have suffered a significant blow from this tragic event.

Pahari hopes to return to Nepal for about a month this summer to also provide direct assistance before he begins his doctoral program. None of the donations will be used for his travel or expenses.

Pahari is graduating this month with a bachelor of arts in mathematics. He has been a tutor at the UH Hilo Math Lab, and next week he will receive a recognition award for being an outstanding student in mathematics at the College of Arts and Sciences. At one point, he took 26 credits in one semester. He will be starting a doctor of philosophy program in mathematics in the fall.

“He is an outstanding and a delightful student, one whom UH Hilo should be very proud,” says Jim Mellon, executive director of global and intercultural education programs at UH Hilo.

Donations can be made online at GoFundMe.


About the writer of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.