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Durham staff and students support Nepali earthquake recovery efforts

(1 May 2015)

Nepali women

Staff and students at Durham University are supporting the work of aid agencies to alleviate the Nepal earthquake crisis with fundraising events and donation appeals.

Among them is Professor Lena Dominelli, co-Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University, who is helping to raise funds for the relief efforts. 

She says: “Since the earthquake I have been working with the Nepal School of Social Work to raise funds that go directly to them because official aid has not reached people who directly need it, especially outside Kathmandu.

“I have also been working with the International Association of Schools of Social Work and the Tata Institute for Social Work who have practitioners on site assisting people in remote villages with practical help and psychosocial support following their traumatic experiences."

Two Nepalese PhD students in the Department of Geography have families directly affected by the earthquake. Liaising with the University’s International Office, Ramjee Bhandari and Bishnu Sharma, have made an appeal to staff to consider supporting the work of aid agencies working to alleviate the Nepali crisis.

A fundraising event is also being organised by staff in the Department of Anthropology, along with colleagues in the Department of Geography and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience. This event will include presentations by anthropologists and geographers working in Nepal, the screening of an ethnographic film made by Dr Ben Campbell in Nepal, and donations to purchase pictures from researchers’ archives and watercolours of Nepal by Dr Claudia Merli.

Durham researchers are also providing expertise, analysis and insights into the tragedy. Coverage includes: