My name is Akash Pandey. I am 8 and live in Southern California. Together with my little sister Harmony and with the help of many other kids, we are raising funds to help the kids affected by the big earthquake in Nepal. My mom and dad say it was a big earthquake and we have seen the pictures. My dad is from Nepal and my mom has lived and worked in Nepal too. I went to visit my family in Nepal when I was very young. I still remember being with my grandma and cousins, attending my uncle's wedding, and meeting new friends. I remember visiting a beautiful old temple called Manakamana at the top of mountain. I particularly remember this place because you had to ride a cable car to get on the top of the mountain. Now it is destroyed. Many other important places in Nepal were destroyed too.  Many people including kids are injured and sleeping outside. Many of them have lost their parents. As I write this almost 5000 people have been killed.

I hear a lot of organizations are raising money to help the victims. I am sure some of that money will go to help small kids too. We thank everyone who is praying, helping and giving money. While the grown ups are doing their part, my sister and I thought we, the kids can also help. My sister and I have already started fundraising. We would like to request you to support our effort and donate. You can donate any amount you like or wish us good luck or both. We will send the money to a trusted group in Nepal. Each penny collected will go directly to help the kids and their family - like buying them food, clothes, shoes, foods, and toys. We hope their schools will be rebuilt so that they can go back to school soon. My dad and mom tell me that $1 can feed 4 kids a good meal. After all, kids don't eat a lot.  Will you please help in our effort?

Love and peace,
AKash, Harmony, friends

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