Fountain House members and staff are working together to respond to the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal. More than 6.6 million people were affected by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled Nepal on April 29th. Fountain House member Cyrus Napolitano has been in daily contact with our friends at community mental health groups in both Nepal and nearby Kolkata, India. Fortunately, all involved are safe and no damage or injuries have been reported.
Photo courtesy of Mukunda Subedi
The Hilton Prize Laureates – an independent alliance of the 19 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize which includes Fountain House – are actively working together to deliver critically important humanitarian services to those impacted by this disaster. Guided by the principles of collective impact, the Laureates are in continuous communication providing each other status updates, articulating urgent needs on the ground and coordinating strategies across organizations via the Secretariat – Global Impact – in Washington, D.C.
Hilton Laureates - with Global Impact’s support, have launched a fundraising page – Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund - as part of this global, collaborative effort to raise funds that will provide critical resources to the people of Nepal
At the Wednesday house meeting members expressed a strong desire to respond to this disaster by creating a team to raise funds for the Hilton Prize Laureate Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Click here to make and donation and support their efforts. This member-led response demonstrates how our community can come together to alleviate suffering and provide assistance on a global scale in a way that would not have been possible before we were awarded the 2014 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize.