Auckland lawyer Tschering Lama is asking New Zealand's legal community for donations to assist Nepal after the massive earthquake which struck the country on 25 April.
The New Zealand Law Society has helped Mr Lama with contacting New Zealand lawyers to provide information about the appeals which have been set up by the Christchurch-based Nepalese Friendship Society Inc and the Student Volunteer Army.
Mr Lama, who has many family members affected by the earthquake, says information about the condition of his family members is limited.
"What I do know is that because of the aftershocks everybody is trying to stay outside. They're trying to get by with whatever they can at the moment.
"I do feel helpless not being there right now, but we're all trying to do the best we can through even the smallest contributions."
New Zealand has always been a great contributor and supporter of Nepal, thanks to the work of Sir Edmund Hillary, he says.
All money donated will be accounted for and distributed to a community that is most in need and in a completely transparent way, he says.
Mr Lama arrived in New Zealand in 2002. He studied law at the University of Canterbury and now works in commercial and insurance law at Auckland law firm Markit Law.
His message to lawyers and law firms, which the Law Society has emailed to New Zealand lawyers was as follows:
"Dear New Zealand Law Society members
Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Nepal needs your support. The recent Nepal earthquake has destroyed homes and lives. People desparately need any help they can get.
The Christchurch-based Nepal New Zealand Friendship Society Inc and the Student Volunteer Army seek your support to help the people of Nepal.
You can donate via:
Givealittle site https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nz4nepal
Bank transfer to Nepal earthquake Victim Support Account 06-0665-0161132-01.
If you would like to write a cheque, please write payable to “Nepal New Zealand Friendship Society Inc.” and post it to “PO Box 6147, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8442”. Please send me an email update if you send the cheque.
I, as a member of the New Zealand Law Society, personally like to make this appeal to all the members and law firms.