A well-known Chicago-based real estate investor has created a new crowdfunding campaign to help the victims of the May 2015 earthquakes which occurred in Nepal. Majeed Ekbal, a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., gained notoriety as an entrepreneur in the early 1990’s when he created a grocery shopping and delivery service. Expresso Inc. purchased and delivered groceries and specialty goods to customers at their homes, or sometimes even their workplaces. Expresso Inc. was one of the first businesses of its kind to offer this level of convenience.
The 2015 Nepal earthquakes killed at least 153 people, and left more than 3,200 people injured. 95% of the area’s housing was destroyed, leaving most of the locals sleeping in the open air. Out of the nation’s seventy-five districts, thirty-two were affected by the series of earthquakes. Tremors from the quakes were felt 1,500 miles away. This tragedy was of special significance to Mr. Ekbal, as he has many loved ones who were affected by the disaster. Mr. Ekbal has already been personally donating money to aid in the disaster relief. The total goal of the campaign is to raise one million dollars in order to provide proper medical treatment for the sick, food for the hungry and adequate shelter for the homeless.
Donations for the Nepal earthquake disaster relief fund can be made online at https://www.gofundme.com/majeedekbal. GoFundME, based in San Diego, CA, was launched in 2010 and has become the world’s number one personal fundraising site, raising on average four million dollars in donations each day, and over one billion dollars total in the last year. Majeed Ekbal and the victims of the 2015 earthquakes would enthusiastically appreciate any donation amount made towards the effort. If anyone is looking to make a positive impact on a world in turmoil, this is the perfect opportunity.