Cayman rallies to support Nepal

Cayman’s climbing community is among several groups raising money for earthquake-hit Nepal amid a growing humanitarian crisis in the Himalayan nation. 

The death toll from the quake has surpassed 7,000, with thousands more still unaccounted for. Villages have been devastated, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless and authorities struggling to get aid to remote areas. 

Members of the local Nepalese community, many of whom have family members directly affected by the disaster, have raised more than $5,000 to assist the aid effort. The Indian community has also raised money, and the Cayman Islands Red Cross is organizing a month-long campaign. 

Whisky Mist is hosting a “sing for Nepal” night on Wednesday, featuring local bands the Neverines, Suckerbox and Safe World. There will be a $10 entry fee and 15 percent of bar sales will go to the Acts of Kindness Collective, which is working in Nepal with victims of the earthquake. 

Climbers Angel Robledo and Jo Clark have organized a fundraising event at XQ’s on Thursday at 7 p.m., featuring a talk by Guy Manning, the Cayman-based lawyer who climbed Mount Everest, as well as a presentation on the earthquake. 

Ms. Robledo said, “We’ve both been to the Himalayan range in Nepal many times. To see the whole country hit by a disaster like that, we have to do something to help. 

“The Nepalese are one of the loveliest people I have ever met in my life. They live in the most challenging conditions. When you know the people and you see what is happening on the news, you have to do something to try to help.” 

Ms. Clark said she had worked as an expedition leader in Nepal and she has friends who have been affected by the quake. 

The event will feature a raffle and auction, with items including a rock from the top of Mount Everest. 

The proceeds will go to the American Himalayan Foundation, which does aid work in Nepal and is running a specific campaign for the earthquake victims. 

Members of Cayman’s Nepalese community are in the process of setting up their own fund for victims of the disaster. 

Suresh Budhathoki said his family is living in a construction truck following the quake, amid fears that aftershocks could cause further damage to their homes in his home town, around 60 miles from Kathmandu. 

He said there is an urgent need for more tents and food, as well as medical supplies for the many Nepalese people who had been left homeless. 

“We have collected some funds from among the Nepalese people here and we are sending it on Monday. We have had a lot of support,” he said last week. 

Sangeetha Prabhakar said Cayman’s Indian community is also contributing to the effort. 

“At the moment we are collecting money. Almost all the Nepalese people here have had family who have been affected in some way,” she said. 

Carolina Ferreira, deputy director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross, said the organization is in the process of planning a campaign for Nepal. Anyone who wants to make a donation can contact the Red Cross on 916-1742 or email [email protected].  

Raffle tickets for the climbing event at XQs are on sale at the restaurant and at Agave Grill and Bliss Yoga.  

For more information, call 947-9770. 

Climber Angel Robledo is among those organizing a fundraising event Thursday night at XQs Bar & Grill.