The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015 has more than 5,000 people dead and eight million badly affected, as of the latest count. These grim figures are expected to rise rapidly as rescuers continue to dig through the destruction. Nepal’s Prime Minister says the death toll could be as high as 10,000. Reports reaching the world say entire villages have been flattened and almost three million children are in urgent need of assistance.
The earthquake is Nepal’s deadliest tragedy since 1934, when a powerful earthquake also struck the region. Aftershocks and avalanches followed, widening the scope of devastation beyond imagination. And Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. If one in four of its people lived on US$50 cents per day before the earthquake, think how they are faring now and in the days and months to come.
It’s not enough for us who are in safer lands to commiserate with the people of Nepal by watching the news on cable television or through the internet in the comforts of our homes. Our donations will help alleviate the conditions of the Nepalese and sent immediately, is more valuable. The Better Business Bureau has a list of accredited charities that are assisting in the relief efforts in Nepal.
Or, you can choose from any of these organization you can send your donations to, via their links.
UN World Food Programme
The organization was quick to respond to the disaster in Nepal. It is transporting food and relief supplies to the area and will welcome your donation.
Mercy Corps has one of the largest teams on the ground in Nepal, distributing emergency supplies and assessing conditions. You can send your donations for Nepal through them here.
The organization’s staff were in Nepal immediately to bring food and emergency supplies. Its priorities are providing clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and protection and care for children. Its aim is to raise $3 million and provide relief for 100,000 people across Nepal. It also aims to help the children recover physically and emotionally from the trauma. Send your aid for Nepal through World Vision.
International Medical Corps
The organization, composed of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff, are in Nepal to provide emergency medical care and supplies for shelter, water purification and hygiene kits. A bonus to donating here is, Facebook will match your donation dollar for dollar. Give now.
Catholic Relief Services
CRS is on the ground in Nepal with its partner Caritas Nepal to bring emergency relief to 10,000 families. The package includes tarpaulins for shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits. You can help provide these supplies by donating now.
Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID)
SARAID is a British charity whose mission is to save the lives of innocent victims of disasters. A team is now in Nepal and is working as part of a UN-coordinated rescue operation. They are checking destroyed buildings for possible entrapped persons and have brought an electric generator and power tools to cut through concrete and steel.
SARAID is composed of volunteers and does not accept government funding. Donations are highly appreciated.
Oxfam America aid workers are in Nepal to assist in providing clean water, toilets and shelter to the affected people. Your donation will help them in their mission. Donate now.
The world’s biggest Buddhist aid organization has sent its Disaster Survey and Medical Team to Nepal to help in emergency medical relief and assess the situation for setting priority assistance. Here’s a note from their website:
【Send Love to Nepal】 Donations from public are welcomed. Please channel your kindness to: Account name: Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation Account number: 512491125872 Malayan Banking Berhad Remark: For all donations made, kindly indicate on bank-in slip, “Send Love to Nepal”, donor’s name, contact number and address; and send the bank-in slip to Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch for issuance of receipt. Contact details for Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch: Phone: 03-6256 3800 Fax: 03-6256 3801 Email:[email protected]
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