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You might drive past the Honey Garden every day, and never know how the people inside are struggling.

"It's very tough," said Sumitre Simkhata.

She and her husband, Bhawin Karki, are from Nepal, which was struck by a devastating earthquake over the weekend. Thousands have been killed.

"There's no concentration at work at all," Sumitre said. "We've all been thinking about them every day and every night. We didn't sleep even tonight."

Much of the capital city of Kathmandu was rendered unrecognizable in the quake -- buildings reduced to piles of rubble, many now tombs for those trapped inside.

When the quake first hit, the Sumitre and Bhawin couldn't get a phone line to their families.

"I tried to call them, but we had no connections," she said.

'There is no one without tears and sadness and sorrow," Karki said.

Luckily, when the dust cleared, they learned that none of their relatives had been killed. But they were not without loss.

"The house where I grew up is gone," Sumitre said.

Luckily, her family had moved, but they still spend their nights outside, afraid of the aftershocks.

"They are liked, we might die anytime, so better to stay in the open," she said.

Now, the family wants to help -- collecting donations, and hoping to scrap together some money to send to their families. An effort to rebuild -- as much as anyone can.

"What happened is unbelievable," Sumitre said.

The family plans to attend a candlelight vigil for victims, planned for the University of Northern Iowa Campanile at 5 p.m. Wednesday. All are welcome to attend.

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