Thousands of people were killed in Nepal’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu. Untold thousands are missing in villages where landslides are blocking access, and communication is cut off. India, Tibet and Bangladesh felt the quake and subsequent tremors, with limited casualties in those nations so far. Check PBS for updates.
Damage is estimated in the billions. Buildings collapsed throughout the Kathmandu Valley, where 2.5 million people live. Temples and shrines, including the historic Dharahara tower, are in ruins.
Large-scale donations are coming in, with the World Bank first to pledge of $1 Million for disaster relief. Will your corporation donate or match funds with staff donations to help our Nepal neighbors?
Here’s a list of vetted organizations helping victims in Nepal and other affected areas:
1.) C.A.R.E (www.care.org) stands for “Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere.” C.A.R.E. is a worldwide humanitarian organization, with an ongoing presence in Nepal. Staff who have been accounted for in Kathmandu are helping with disaster relief. Other staff are still missing. C.A.R.E. uses 90 percent of its donations for program activities.
2.) GLOBAL GIVING (www.GlobalGiving.org) is seeking funds to “help first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.
USA Text Donations: GIVE NEPAL to 80088 to donate $10 to Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.
3.) HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (www.HandicapInternational.NationBuilder.com) has 47 staff in Nepal on an ongoing basis. They provide wheelchairs and assistance to Kathmandu Valley hospitals, which are now overwhelmed. Your donation helps them reach the most vulnerable earthquake survivors, including people with serious injuries and disabilities in remote areas.
4.) INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS (www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org) works on-the-ground coordinating staff and resources to support relief efforts worldwide. It now has staff in Kathmandu joining in the relief effort.
USA Text Donations: MED to 80888 to give $10.
5.) MERCY CORPS (www.MercyCorps.org) has launched the Nepal Earthquake Response fund to help provide food, water and temporary shelter in the aftermath of this disaster. Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer, speaking on the Nepal disasters, says, “As we better understand the needs on the ground, we will deploy our teams to where they’ll have the greatest impact.”
6.) OXFAM (www.Oxfam.org) team is in Nepal assessing humanitarian needs. Technical experts are being sent with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.
7.) RED CROSS (www.ifrc.org) needs funds to get to remote areas near the epicenter where landslides have blocked roads and communications have been cut off. Red Cross hubs in New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Bankok are prepping resources to aid Nepal.
8.) SAMARITAN’S PURSE (www.SamaritansPurse.org) is a Christian charitable organization also serving victims of disasters, famines and epidemics, providing food, water, shelter and medicine. “On a moment’s notice” it says it is ready to provide disaster relief in regions worldwide.
9.) SAVE THE CHILDREN (www.SavetheChildren.org) is dedicated to helping children in 120 nations vulnerable to natural disaster, famine, disease outbreak, or war. On-the-ground staff in Nepal are now assisting in the relief effort. Save the Children also protects children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence in all regions of the world.
10.) WORLD VISION (www.WorldVision.org) has immediate needs for food, water and shelter for victims of the Nepal earthquake. World Vision has an ongoing presence in Nepal and is assessing the damage and preparing response teams to serve the urgent needs of survivors.
USA Text Donations: NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10