BY ISN STAFF | April 27, 2015
The Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN), is reaching out to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. On Saturday, April 25, a 7.9 earthquake hit Nepal in the area halfway between the capital Kathmandu and the tourist town Pokhara. The earthquake was followed by many powerful aftershocks and a new earthquake (6.7) hit Nepal on Sunday April 26, leaving a trail of death, injury and massive destruction in its wake. Death tolls at this time are estimated at more than 4,000 people with thousands more injured and left homeless.
Across the U.S. and beyond, Jesuit colleges and universities are planning events and fundraisers to support disaster relief in Nepal. Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network has served as a coordinating body for collaborative efforts since its founding in 2006. The network was developed by Fairfield University, Fordham University and Georgetown University as a way to raise awareness on Jesuit campuses of the meaning of humanitarian response and its implications for the Jesuit ideology of “men and women for others” as well as to jointly address the humanitarian needs of those who are suffering. Since its founding, the network has grown to include Jesuit institutions from across the 28 schools in the US and internationally from the Philippines to Qatar; Nicaragua to Beirut.
Jesuit colleges and universities who would like to share campus activities and initiatives in response to the Nepal Earthquake can contact Julie Mughal at Fairfield University.