Washburn students hold vigil for Nepal earthquake victims

TOPEKA (KSNT) --The death toll for the Nepal earthquake has reached over 5,000 people, and while people all around the world continue to mourn the victims of the earthquake, students at Washburn University are doing what they can to cope with the tragedy.

About 50 people gathered at the bell tower on campus for a vigil Wednesday afternoon to pray for the victims affected by the earthquake.

Currently there are nine Nepalese students that study at Washburn University but other students, as well as staff and faculty attended the event to show their support.

"Today as we see, many people who are not Nepalese have shown up to show their support," said Parixit Dahal, student at Washburn University. "We are really honored by that and it really gives us strength to do something for the victims in Nepal."

The students from Nepal along with the University's Office of International Programs have already raised $350 dollars to help the victims.

They also plan to partner with other organizations to raise additional relief money.



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