The earthquake which devastated Nepal last Saturday is one that has left the entire world reeling, with a horrific death count of 3,326 that continues to climb, over 6,500 injured and thousands of beloved family homes cast to rubble in a matter of minutes. The 7.8 quake (the worst in 80 years) also set off an avalanche on Mount Everest, fatally wounding climbers and sweeping away significant parts of the base camp, and there have been reports that entire communities close to the epicenter have been leveled – one man told the BBC that ‘almost every home in his village…had been destroyed’. More than ever, it’s time for us to come together and do what we can to help those suffering. Here are some ways to get involved below.
All Hands is currently putting together a team who will be heading over to help assess the situation and provide emergency relief including sanitation, clean water and food. You can make donations to All Hands Volunteers.
Providing critical water, food and shelter to affected families, CARE is gathering donations to aid their relief efforts over in Nepal.
This charity has long been a devout ally of Nepal and the children there by building schools and providing educational aid, however they’re turning their efforts to helping the survivors of the earthquake in Tandrang where nearly every house has been levelled. With aid teams gradually making their way to Tandrang, the Children of the Mountain team are currently there providing emergency relief to families but they do need help. Check out the charity updates and make a donation to Children of the Mountain.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces have given directives for the Emirates Red Crescent to provide emergency assistance to the people of Nepal. You can make a donation on the Emirates Red Crescent website.
Global Fund For Women, a humanitarian organisation that empowers women across the world, is raising funds. They’ll be supporting key partner organisations on the ground with a specific aim to help women throughout the crisis. You can help by donating to the Global Fund For Women.
This internationally renowned organisation is one that’s planned out a step by step relief programme which will initially assist first responders provide food, fuel, hygiene products, clean water and shelter before helping support longer term recovery projects in the region. With a goal to raise USD$1,000,000, you can do your part by donating to Global Giving.
This awesome home DIY and maintenance company is going to use their vans to help pick up donations and take them to the Nepal Embassy in Abu Dhabi. They’re especially looking for tents, sleeping bags, blankets, dried and canned food as well as first aid kits. Simply let them know when booking your job how big a van you think you’ll need and they’ll speed on over.
The Red Cross released a statement that The Nepal Red Cross is still in action, however they’re in need of help after losing volunteers to the disaster and are struggling for supplies for those in need (around 1.6 million people have been displaced). Their website is currently down, however you can donate through their global page.
Oxfam is aiming to raise at least $2 million to support their teams flying out to Nepal as well as surrounding areas affected such as Tibet to help assess the situation and provide assistance wherever they can, by preparing supplies and arranging for clean water, sanitation and emergency food. You can either donate online or make a bank transfer with their details.
Save the Children, an international children’s charity, is collecting donations to further their mission of protecting and aiding children by creating a focused relief effort in Nepal.
Transforming compassion into action, this American charity is providing emergency relief efforts to help those in need. You can help out by making a donation to Seva.
This relief organization spearheaded by Nepalese-American designer Prabal Gurung is one that’s addressing the most immediate needs: medical support, search efforts, rescue expeditions, shelters as well as urgent food and water supplies. You can donate to the Shikshya Foundation Nepal.
Donate $10 to UNICEF by texting ‘Nepal’ to 864233. Alternately, head over to UNICEF’s website to make a donation, where $1500 will provide 7 first aid kits to treat children, $2850 supplies two families with drinking and washing water and $4200 provides school-in-a-box kits to 80 children.
World Vision, a fast acting children’s and disaster relief organization, is raising funds to help distribute food, water, shelter and medical supplies to survivors. To aid the relief effort you can make a donation the World Vision relief fund.
If you have loved ones in Nepal who you haven’t been able to get in contact with, you can use Google Person Finder – a crowd sourced initiative to provide people with information about those affected. We hope that whoever you may be searching for is safe and our hearts go out to the people of Nepal.
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All images sourced via CNN