We have all seen images of devastation in Nepal on magazines, TV and social media. More than 4,000 people have been confirmed dead, tens of thousands more have been left homeless.
Now the question for many people is “What can I do to help?”
After disasters like this the best thing to do is donating money to the charities that have a strong presence on the ground.
Several organizations are accepting donations on Crowdrise, a fundraising website.
Charity Navigator, according to pri.org, is one of the top resources for evaluating the works of nonprofits and you can find on its website a list of highly-ranked charities that have mounted relief operations in Nepal.
Here you can find a list of nonprofits that will provide relief in Nepal and that have received either a three or four star rating (out of a possible four) from Charity Navigator.
Is an emergency response and global health organization which sent an emergency response team from their offices in Mumbai to Nepal and is preparing shipments of medical aids and relief supplies for survivors.
The United Nation program dedicated to children in developing countries is now “mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children” affected by the disaster and will deliver water purification tablets, hygiene kits and nutrition supplies.
Is a confederation of NGOs. Lauren Hartnett, the Humanitarian Press Officer for Oxfam America says: “We are focusing on providing clean water and sanitation to thousands of those affected[…]These services are vital for basic health and also prevent the potential second crisis of illnesses like cholera and diarrhea.”
The international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church in the United States is maintaining field offices in Nepal and has started its relief effort by “procuring emergency relief materials such as tarpaulins/shelter kits and water, sanitation and hygiene material.”
This nonprofits is in the process of coordinating with local partners in Nepal and will focus its relief efforts on the “valley around Kathmandu, where medical facilities are overflowing with patients seeking care.”
“We are arranging to send replacement equipment to hospitals in Nepal to restore capacity as soon as possible,” Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA said in a statement. “Donations, especially bulk in-kind materials from corporate partners, are critical at this time not only to deliver aid quickly, but also to ensure a long-term commitment to the people of Nepal who face a long and challenging road ahead as they pick up the pieces in the earthquake’s aftermath.”
It has set up a Nepal fund to “protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families.” Ten percent of the funds collected will go to prepare for the next disaster.
- Seva Foundation
- World Help
- Handicap International
- American Jewish World Service
- International Relief Teams