The massive earthquake in Nepal last April 25, 2015 claimed a lot of lives and brought many infrastructures—including century-old buildings in UNESCO World Heritage sites—into crumbles. Also known as the Gorkha earthquake, this 7.3-magnitude earthquake is the worst natural disaster in Nepal’s history since the 1934 Nepal-Bilhar earthquake.
As a response to the need for the relief and rebuilding efforts especially in the heavily affected areas in Kathmandu, the Hokkaido University International Student Association (HUISA), with the initiative of its Vice Secretary for Social Welfare and Culture Ng Yin Cin and in partnership with the Hokkaido University Nepal Student Association (HUNSA), organized the 100 Yen for Nepal project.
The 100 Yen for Nepal project, held simultaneously with the International Food Festival during the HOKUDAISAI, is a fund raising campaign which also sought to raise concern and awareness on what happened in Nepal—that the rebuilding of Nepal from this disaster would not be an easy feat and would greatly benefit from international support.
In Japan, 100 Yen is considered a small amount with relatively limited uses, to which some may consider easy to ‘dispose’. HUISA’s 100 Yen for Nepal project was conceptualized with this in mind. Under this concept, HUISA also wants to highlight and deliver this message: a small contribution (as an act of kindness, of compassion) would make a difference especially among people that are in great need. HUISA also intends to spread the “1 World” message, underscoring our conviction that as people living in one world, we should always work as one community and be ready to help lift those who have stumbled and fall, similar to what we all did to Japan four years ago during Tohoku Earthquake.
HUISA’s 100 Yen for Nepal project was jumpstarted with a promotional video. Having successfully promoted the event, and having reminded people of Anne Franks’ words “No one has ever become poor by giving”, some group of individuals and organizations volunteered to provide manpower as well as sponsored to this project. We are therefore reminded that giving is not only limited in monetary terms.
Nevertheless, HUISA’s 100 Yen for Nepal campaign successfully raised 430, 903 Yen (= 333, 749.33 Nepalese rupee). All fund raised will be contributed to the disaster aid in Nepal through HUNSA (Hokkaido University Nepal Student Association).
Of course, projects like these would never be successful without support from a lot of people. Thus, HUISA wish to thank the volunteers from Sharing all Cultures and Languages Association (SACLA), the participants of the International Food Festival (IFF) for the food and beverages for the volunteers at the booth as well as for spreading the word about the project, and for the members of the HUNSA for providing volunteer and technical support as well as providing the pertinent information in relation to the status people and areas in Nepal that was affected by the Gorkha earthquake.