Barbara Piner has witnessed much human suffering in her 12 years as a fund-raiser for a county nonprofit India relief group.
But she said last week's deadly earthquake amounts to a new level of tragedy.
"They are a shattered people in this area," said Piner, a Costa Mesa resident who works as a middle school teacher in Fountain Valley. "The loss of family members has been difficult. . . . They need the confidence to keep on going."
Piner's nonprofit organization, American Service to India, is accepting donations that will go toward rebuilding the lives of quake victims.
The group is focusing resources less on emergency relief than on helping survivors move to less quake-prone areas. Relief officials also hope to build new quake-resistant housing.
"We are going beyond immediate relief," Piner said. The organization seeks to "build better living quarters than (the quake survivors) had before."