Nepal still needs help one year on

One year since the Nepal Earthquake and to mark the first year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Nepal the Nepal London Embassy, the Nepal Ireland Society, Action Aid and Engineers Without Borders Ireland are hosting “Nepal Conference” on Saturday 30th April. The event will take place from 10am to 3pm in the Demonstration Theatre, Simon Perry Building, Trinity College Dublin.

Over 8,000 people were killed and more than 21,000 injured in the earthquake which hit on 25th April 2015.

The conference is open to the public and will be very useful for anyone interested in visiting Nepal after the earthquake, with information and advice provided on the day. There will be a focus on post-earthquake recovery projects, including project collaboration and peer networking. The aim of the conference is to create a platform for interaction, networking and information sharing for all International Non-Governmental Organisations and individuals based in Ireland who have been working in Nepal or have an interest in Nepal.

Last August the Nepal Ireland Society held a Nepal Earthquake Conference from which the Nepal Ireland Alliance was formed and it currently has 14 organizations who are active members.

Chargé d’affaires a.i for UK & Ireland Mr. Tej Bahadur Chettri said  ” This conference will be a significant step towards creating a platform not only in Ireland but in the rest of Europe as well, for bringing together resources, knowledge and experiences from different organizations that would help immensely in strategic planning and make informed decisions for carrying out socio-economic development projects in Nepal“.

The organisers hope the day will be an interesting and useful event, President of the Nepal Ireland Society Deepesh Man Shakya said “This conference will be a mega gathering of people in Ireland who have an interest in Nepal. The Irish people made an overwhelming contribution to the recovery efforts in Nepal, hundreds of Irish citizens visit Nepal every year and 2,500 Nepali citizens live in Ireland. The conference will celebrate this relationship.”

xThe conference will also act as a platform for businesses interested in investment or trade between Nepal and Ireland; for third level institutes to explore research and collaboration and promoting Ireland as a destination for higher education for Nepali students; and to explore the possibilities of technology transfers between Ireland and Nepal.

Diplomatic relations between Ireland and Nepal were established in 1999. In the absence of a Nepalese Embassy in Ireland, Nepal Ireland Society has been organizing various programmes in collaboration with the Nepal Embassy in London to strengthen relations between Nepal and Ireland. The conference aims to strengthen this relationship and will become an annual event. Nepal still needs help one year on!

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