Prabal Gurung Raising $500,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Posted on April 27, 2015

Nepalese-American fashion designer Prabal Gurung is asking for donations to help the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake left thousands dead and millions in need of assistance. Prabal's family are still in Kathmandu, Nepal and the situation there is grim.

Prabal says his mother, father, brother, sister, and brother in law are stranded outside.They cannot go inside their house because of the multiple aftershocks. They are living in a tent, as are most of the residents of Kathmandu. It's raining nonstop. But he says they are doing well compared to the rest of the country because the city of Kathmandu has resources. But in the remote villages the situation is much worse and relief is desperately needed.

He says he learned about the quake when friends and family texted him updates and photos of the devastation. Now he has set out to raise money for disaster relief. Prabal is hoping to raise $500,000. He already has a nonprofit foundation which helps educate children from Nepal, so he has set up a fundraising site to raise funds for earthquake relief. He says he will give 100% of all donations to help people in Nepal, and is evaluating now which organizations on the ground will make the best use of the money.

He said he started calling his friends and they have all helped out. So far a number of celebrities he has dressed, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Zoe Saldana, Kim Kardashian, Hailee Steinfeld, Michelle Monaghan, Dianna Agron, Joan Smalls and Rachel Zoe have already pledged support and are also helping to get the word out on social media. The CFDA has donated $10,000.

Prabal, who has designed gowns for the Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama, says the rebuilding process will take a very long time. He told The Wall Street Journal, "All I wanted to do was just to be able to help. My thing was just to make sure people are aware of it..There’s been a tremendous, tremendous reaction from everyone." He has already raised almost $300,000 so far.

To donate to Prabal's organization go here.

Here is Prabal discussing the situation on CNN: