A Minnesota man who visited Nepal is lucky to be home, and lucky to have been in the right place at the right time last week. Andrew Grabow returned to Richfield this weekend, and was in Kathmandu before and after the massive earthquake that killed more than 7,000 people and destroyed an estimated 160,000 homes.
"It was shaking basically my entire room. I just had to hold on, and hope nothing fell on me," he said.
Grabow was in a hotel when the quake hit. He spent the rest of his trip in a hospital that only had minor damage, but treated patients using tents outside as a precaution, and to create extra space for the overcrowded hospital.
"It was pretty amazing how well put together and getting to it all the nurses and doctors were. Trying to get everybody the treatment they needed."
Grabow took photos of historic temples not long before they were destroyed, killing many. And how he cries when he looks at them.
Daily meetings with the Minnesota Nepalese community
Apeckchya Karki lived much of her life in Nepal. Now in Minnesota, she's been holding nearly daily meetings with the Nepalese community. The Association of Nepalese in Minnesota has already raised nearly $70,000.
"We felt very helpless because we are here and can't just immediately jump and help them the way we want to. But friends, families, colleagues, everyone has been very supportive financially as well as emotionally," Karki said.
How you can help
The Association of Nepalis in Minnesota is accepting donations for relief efforts: http://anmn.org/
The organization is holding a fundraiser on May 17 at 12 p.m. at The Loch at Macalester College, $25 per guest.
ShelterBox USA is accepting donations for sending tents and shelter kits: http://shelterboxusa.org/