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Indo-Pakistani-Bangladeshi student group raises money for earthquake victims

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Oct. 25, 2005.   Intandesh, Santa Clara University’s Indo-Pakistani-Bangladeshi student group, launched a fund-raising drive this week in an effort to raise money and awareness in the wake of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake that devastated parts of India, Pakistan, and Kashmir and killed more than 50,000 people earlier this month. The student group will be collecting monetary donations outside the Benson Center each day this week.

Allison Sundaram, a sophomore at SCU and one of the organizers of the fund raiser, understands many people are experiencing disaster relief fatigue, with on-going hurricane relief efforts here in the U.S.; even so, she said, the smallest amount of support can make a difference in Asia. “If everyone on campus gave a dollar, we’d have $7000…that would help in so many ways.”  

The tragedy in South Asia hits close to home for SCU’s Indo-Pakistani community. One of Intandesh’s members has family in the region. Sundaram wants to be sure the campus community realizes the impact the earthquake has had on families not just in Pakistan, India, and Kashmir, but here in Silicon Valley as well. “When I’m out with my friends, I make it a point to keep it in the discussion so people don’t have the chance to forget. At Santa Clara we’re a family and people want to help other members of their family,” Sundaram said.

Intandesh has more than 20 members and represents the Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi community at SCU. Members of Intandesh will be collecting monetary donations outside the Benson Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Checks can be made out to “Intandesh.”   Plans are also underway to organize a clothing drive in the residence halls later this month.

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