Kids perform in Yonkers for Nepal earthquake relief

Dozens of Westchester children spent Sunday performing in the name of earthquake relief in Nepal, putting their talents where their hearts are.

Zahin Bashar, 9, of White Plains, was among them. "I'm really worried," said Zahin. "Like, are they going to die or are they going to survive through the earthquake," he said of the chaos surrounding the earthquake in April. Zahin's teacher's son was in Nepal and survived the disaster.

The children performed at the Riverfront Library in Yonkers. The event, which was organized by the India Center of Westchester, raised about $4,000 for earthquake victims and relief efforts.

"The devastation is terrible, terrible," said Siddhartha Basu, president of the India Center. "And, in fact, not only Nepal but parts of India have been affected at this point."

The massive earthquake killed thousands, displaced millions and disrupted day-to-day activities such as access to school and clean water. Some children in Nepal just started going back to school last week, and many parts of the country still lack drinking water, according to officials.

Sunday's performances included South Asian dances and music. Organizers said every penny they raised will go a long way in Nepal.

"The immediate need is food and shelter," said Binod Shah, of the Non-Resident Nepali Association. "And management of water and drugs."

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