After two back-to-back devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in the past month, the Children and Youth Institute of Michigan State University Extension held a fundraiser for the victims during its Spring Conference, May 11-15. Extension educators Sara Keinath and Jan Brinn spearheaded the effort, which raised $562.36 during the short time the conference took place.
Sara, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal before starting her career with MSU Extension, said, “I lived in the far east of the country for 3 years, working with community forestry user groups. Because of my friends and family in the country, I have become very attuned to the news recently.”
Sara and Jan decided to coordinate a donation through Friends of Nepal. At the Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff auction during the conference, Sara donated a few items from Nepal with the added bonus that whatever the final bid was, she would match in a donation to earthquake relief. After the second large earthquake happened on Tuesday, May 12 (during the conference), even more colleagues asked if they could add to that donation, which was an overwhelming support of the cause, and an amount of money that would make a large difference.
Jan also shared information about Nepal 4-H and their earthquake relief efforts, showing that 4-H’ers across the globe are helping with this cause. Such generosity should be commended, and thank you, Sara and Jan, for coordinating the effort!