WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts university is considering starting a permanent fund to help students provide relief work at disaster sites around the world.

Officials with Clark University in Worcester tell the Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1SRpojY) they want to pair the fund with curriculum tie-ins to prepare students for fieldwork.

Officials say natural and man-made disasters happen relatively regularly and that Clark should be prepared so students can get immediate financial assistance. The fund would pay for airfare and supplies, which tend to be the biggest financial obstacles.

Several Clark students started a relief fund after the April 25 earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 9,000 people. The students sent a Nepalese village $5,000 and used $9,000 to create a permanent fund for the country's ongoing rebuilding.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com