CHAMPAIGN-URBANA--The earthquake that hit Nepal Saturday was felt halfway around the world, but hit very close to home for some University of Illinois students.

Fifty members of the Nepalese Students Association at the U of I had relatives who survived the 7.9 magnitude quake that left more than 5,000 people dead throughout the country so far.

Friends and family of survivors rallied on the U of I quad Wednesday, seeking donations for the American Red Cross or the Help Nepal Network.

"A lot of people are afraid of the aftershocks so they are still living in the tents," said Santosh Koirala, a PhD student whose immediate family is currently in Nepal. "So my own family has been living in the backyard for a few days now because they are too afraid to go back so we don't know when the house is going to crumble down."

The students will be on the U of I quad every day through Friday from 11 AM through 1 PM, accepting donations.

They will also host a fundraising concert at the Mennonite Church at 3 PM Sunday.

Those who can't attend any of the events, but would still like to donate can do so at