Last month, a magnitude- 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and damaging buildings and towns. To make matters worse, earlier this month a magnitude-7.3 earthquake hit Nepal; KATU News reports that this quake killed dozens of people and created more damage in the already devastated country.

Since the two earthquakes, Nepal has asked for aid to rebuild as well as to care for the injured and survivors of the quakes.

Students at Tucker-Maxon, a school for the deaf and hearing in Southeast Portland, learned of the quake and its destruction and felt empathy towards the victims of the quakes.

One student told KATU News, “Some people…their houses fell down, and after the big earthquake they had another one right after.”

Another student expressed her sympathy, “And I just feel bad for them because I would feel bad if I lost my home.”

The students wanted to help, and along with their teachers, they began a school-wide fundraising competition with the goal of raising a couple hundred dollars. But by the end of the five-day fundraiser the students far exceeded their goal, raising $1,800 for disaster relief in Nepal.

Each class worked hard to raise money and by the end of the fundraiser the pre-school class had raised the most money, winning the competition. These students were ecstatic about lending a hand to others. One preschooler collected hundreds of dollars for the fundraiser. When asked about her experience she said, “In my Mickey Mouse backpack, I like to help others.”

The money raised will be donated to Mercy Corps for their relief work in Nepal.

Jowelle M. is a college student interested in sociology, political science, and Spanish. Aside from academics, Jowelle enjoys blogging, reading, music, and spending time with family. She is happiest when she is working with others to improve the community.