Members of the Pittsburgh community are using music to assist the victims of last month’s deadly earthquake in Nepal.
Chatham University, along with the Nepalese Community of Greater Pittsburgh, is staging a benefit concert, “A Plea for Nepal
,” in the Campbell Memorial Chapel on the Chatham campus tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Nepalese Community
Jim Cunningham, of classical radio station WQED-FM, will emcee along with guest musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The suggested donation is $15.
The April 25 earthquake struck the capital Kathmandu and its surrounding areas with a 7.8 magnitude, with massive aftershocks continuing after, including one measuring 7.3 on May 12. The earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 measured 7.0.
Nearly 8,500 people have lost their lives and thousands more are homeless, living in makeshift tents in and around the ruined cities. Some have no home to return to, while others are simply too afraid to return indoors, according to the BBC
Lilly Abreu (front)(left to right) Adam Liu, Kaitlyn Vest, Alexandra Thompson, Katya Janpoladyan, Bronwyn Benerdt, Paul Vest, Michael DeBruyn, David Bennett
The effects of the earthquake are expected to linger for some time, with reconstruction facing many challenges. According to TIME magazine
, many of the roads leading to the remote areas in most dire need of assistance remain unpaved, and the country's sole airport in Kathmandu is overloaded with international aid traffic.
The concert is one of many events hosted by the Pittsburgh Nepalese Community to raise money for the relief effort. For more information on upcoming events, visit this page
. Those interested in donating, and helping them reach their $15,000 goal, can do so here