The recent 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April caused large scale devastation to the country and its people. Kathmandu, the country's capital and the city where Nepali-American designer Prabal Gurung was raised, was particularly affected with thousands of lives lost and many historic sites turned to rubble. Gurung is now doing his part to raise funds to aid the relief and reconstruction efforts.
Writing for Time Magazine in an appeal to generate awareness and donations for quake victims, Gurung remarked that the country (where most of his family still resides) has "been a constant source of inspiration for my work". He is now using his fame to make a difference and to lend a helping hand.
Celebrities such as Pink, Beverly Mitchell and Mick Jagger, among others, have all rallied to raise funds for Nepal, but Gurung's efforts is proving to be one of the most successful with over half a million dollars raised so far. What started as a drive to raise donations from the industry and the community in New York has now taken an international dimension with many from the Nepali diaspora also joining in.
No new-comer to helping and giving back, Gurung is also the brand ambassador for the Shikshya Foundation which seeks to provide the best possible education for underprivileged children in Nepal.
To donate to the Nepal relief effort, click here.