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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette IPFW graduate student Kumjd Joshi sets out a line of candles in the shape Nepal for a vigil for victims of the deadly earthquake at IPFW, Thursday.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette IPFW graduate student Kumjd Joshi, left, and others battle the wind Thursday on campus as they try to light candles at a vigil for victims of the deadly earthquake in Nepal.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Geeta Buda, IPFW student and president of the Kathmandu Club, thanks supporters at the vigil for victims of Nepal earthquake at IPFW, Thursday.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette IPFW sophomore Arif Chowdhury sets out a line of candles in the shape Nepal for a vigil for victims of the deadly earthquake at IPFW, Thursday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 8:13 am

IPFW student bringing aid to her native Nepal

Chris Meyers The Journal Gazette

Geeta Buda had a trip home planned for Monday.

She was returning to her homeland to celebrate a wedding.

There is no wedding now, and all that awaits her in Nepal is devastation.

The country was struck by a powerful earthquake Saturday, leaving thousands dead and even more missing.

When Buda arrives Monday in her hometown of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, she’ll be bringing with her a little bit of financial help and a lot of caring for those who are suffering and homeless following Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

“It’s a huge devastation; ... it breaks my heart. All those monuments destroyed,” she said Thursday at a small vigil at IPFW.

Club Kathmandu, composed of some of the university’s Nepalese students, organized the vigil and took collections this week to send with Buda.

The hope is to be able to provide some food aid to those in need.

“My friends and everybody is there,” she said of those she’ll be returning Monday to see.

Brian Mylrea, director of international education at IPFW, said the Office of International Education will still accept donations on behalf of Club Kathmandu after Guda leaves.

“On behalf of IPFW, I’d like to thank you for your support and honor to the victims,” he told the small gathering.

Buda, a graduate student at IPFW, found out from her husband in the middle of the night Saturday about the devastation that occurred back home.

cmeyers@jg.net