On April 25th, 2015, a massive earthquake hit Nepal. So massive, that it was about 16 times more powerful than the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. To date, over 5,000 people have lost their life and more than 70,000 are injured. It has been estimated that as many as 8 million people have been affected by the earthquake.
Though it is just days since the earthquake shook Nepal, the story is already long gone from news stories and media. Yet there are millions of people who still need help, and who will for months, if not years, to come. So please consider whether you can spare a donation to help those who so desperately need it. Figure out which way of donating resonates most with you, and go for it. Here are a few suggestions of ways that you can help the people of Nepal, who so desperately need it.
Give to highly rated organizations. You can find extensive lists of reputable charitable organizations at Charity Navigator, the Better Business Bureau and Guidestar. The Huffuington Post also recently published this list of 13 Charities Delivering Critical Support To Nepal Earthquake Victims, and TIME has this list of 6 ways you can give to Nepal earthquake relief. I am also loving this list of organizations on the TOMS blog.
An example of what you will find on those lists is Mercy Corps, who provided vital assistance to 42.5 million people and helped them transform their communities in more than 40 countries around the world in the last year alone. They have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years.
Give with your faith. Perhaps a faith-based charity is up your alley. If that’s the case, you can look for organizations from the lists mentioned above. Organizations such as Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response. They are sending 700 tarps to the region donated by Springfield, Mo., based Bass Pro Shops. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is on the ground mobilizing emergency teams, providing relief aid and assisting the Nepalese people.
Take your donation social. Facebook: 100% of your donation will go to International Medical Corps and their work in response to the Nepal earthquake. Facebook will also be donating $2 million to local relief efforts.
Support smaller organizations through crowdfunding. BitGiving is crowd funding various efforts for Nepal. IndieGoGo has the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Money raised will be donated to local organizations that have been a history of working in Nepal. And Global Giving is also supporting a strong Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund effort.
Support organizations that were on the ground in Nepal before the earthquake. The Hands for Help Nepal is an autonomous, non-profit, non-governmental, social development organization, founded in 1996 to deploy volunteers from various countries to respective projects and placements in Nepal. Hands for Help Nepal actively supports three badly affected Villages – Okharpauwa, Birta Deurali and Ganeshthan.
Support those with a passion for the region. They know where the support is most needed, how to get it there, and are committed for the long term. We Help Nepal is nonprofit task force of artists, business owners, doctors, teachers and development workers who have lived or are currently living in Nepal. Sherpa Adventure Gear, which is a crowd funded effort, is rushing to raise money that will relieve the suffering of the children of Sherpa families in remote villages of Nepal. Donations go towards immediate relief on the ground through our Paldorje Education Fund network.
Shop for the cause. Companies such as Creative Market are donating percentages of proceeds to Nepal relief. Creative Market announced that 474 of its shops will be donating a percentage of their shop earnings to All Hands, a non-profit organization that addresses immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. These shops are pledging up to 100% of their sales earnings for the month of May, and Creative Market will be matching donations up to $20,000.
Chris Brinlee Jr. is an adventurer and storyteller who recently spent two months in Nepal. To lend a hand, he has set up a gallery of photos taken during his time in Nepal. One hundred percent of all proceeds from sales will go to Mercy Corps, If you need to purchase a gift, consider a photo from Aid for Nepal – Prints by Chris Brinlee, Jr..
Round up for the cause. When making a purchase either in a store or online, look for ways to round up your payment to the nearest dollar and make a donation to charity right at checkout. You’ll see this on sites such as Paypal. Apple is also seeking donations through iTunes. It’s a great way to help people, and be reminded that every donation can make a difference.
Lastly, spread the word. The people of Nepal need our support now and for a long time to come. Consider posting about your support on your social media platforms using the hashtag #SupportNepal, as a way to encourage others in your networks to keep the people of Nepal in mind.
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