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Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Sunday 26 April 2015

BAPS Charities is collecting funds to support the victims of the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than 80 years.

On Saturday 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck an area of central Nepal, while a 6.7-magnitude tremor was felt less than 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu, causing widespread devastation. Strong aftershocks continued to hit the region on Sunday 26 April.

As a result, more than 5,000 people are reported to have been killed with thousands more injured and countless homeless and affected.

Prayers were held at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on Saturday evening in the presence of senior sadhus, including Sadguru Ishwarcharan Swami who was visiting the UK from India.

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj also offered his prayers and condolences on behalf of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to the families of all those who have been killed or injured in the earthquake. He prayed for everyone displaced or affected, including the thousands rendered homeless by this disaster. He said: “May we all remain strong and united in the face of this calamity and overcome it by helping each other.” 

The Mandir is urging communities to lend their support to the rescue and relief mission by donating via the BAPS Charities website at  

Yogesh Patel, volunteer for BAPS Charities, added: “The people of Nepal have suffered unimaginable trauma due to this disaster. At times like this, it’s more important than ever for people to come together and help those less fortunate – which is why we are urging those who can to donate funds via this trusted source to support rescue missions, and help the area and those affected to rebuild their lives.”

To donate via the secured giving site, please click here.