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Relief for Nepal Continues to Pour In

Nepal earthquakeA recent image from Nepal
NEW YORK-The rug industry has rallied behind Nepal after its recent devastating earthquake, giving donations and promoting relief organizations to help.

The death toll for the earthquake, which hit Nepal April 25, is now more than 7,500 people, with more than 14,500 injured. As of April 30, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that $415 million is needed for humanitarian relief, three million people are in need of food aid and 24,000 people are living in makeshift camps.

Many rug manufacturers and organizations have stepped up to help the region, which is known for its handmade rugs.

Capel Rugs has made a donation to the Oriental Rug Importers Association’s (ORIA) Charitable Fund to support earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. “This catastrophe has impacted millions of lives and we are committed to doing all we can to help during this difficult time of recovery,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs and a member of the ORIA Executive Board. “All of the money being collected by ORIA is going directly to helping those on the ground in Nepal who need it the most—especially children.”

Nourison made a donation of $10,000, with an additional goal to raise $25,000 during May through proceeds from its Nepal collection, which was inspired by the country’s artistry and culture. Nourison will also donate the money to the ORIA Charitable Fund.

Surya has donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross. Donations were collected from Surya employees and sales representatives and matched by Surya.

Feizy Rugs is supporting The Global Fund for Children through a dedicated page on the organization’s website (http://bit.ly/1DxdrYb) with a $15,000 donation, as well as a commitment to provide a portion of the company’s sales through May 15.

Nonprofit organization GoodWeave has set up a Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (donatenow.networkforgood.org/nepalearthquake) so people can donate.

Warp & Weft will donate 15 percent of all of its stock and custom sales proceeds, as well as balance payments on pending orders, to the relief efforts.

ABC Home & Planet Foundation, the charitable arm of ABC Carpet & Home, has set up a Nepal Earthquake Response Fund with Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization (mercycorps.org).