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We are all processing the horrible news about Nepal’s earthquake on April 25,2015. Aftershocks are continuing. People are still sleeping outside. And it is raining. The extent of the damage is yet to be assessed and the relief effort is just beginning. It is especially difficult to get help to the villages most hit since they are so remote.
I appreciate so many people’s kind words and thoughts. Many of you have asked how you can help. The best thing to do is donate what you can to organizations that are on the ground and have a history of working in Nepal. While this list is not extensive, here are some suggestions:
List of links to Nepal Relief Funds of organizations who are set up and actively supporting relief: https://github.com/chhantyal/PrayForNepal
Mahesh Poudel has compiled a comprehensive list of relief organizations and local ngos with point persons’ contact numbers for those locally who would like to volunteer: http://www.maheshpoudyal.com/nepal-earthquake-25-april-2015/
Also if you want to make sure your support is going to villages, then I’d suggest Educate the Children. They’ve been working in some heavily affected districts, Dolakha, Rasuwa, and Nuwakot, for over a decade.
Here’s a list from Public Radio International: http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-04-25/how-help-nepal-7-vetted-charities-doing-relief-work-following-earthquake
To track and/or report damage go to the OHCA micromappers app. It was set up to target the affected areas and coordinate relief organizations’ efforts.
I’ll update when I can. I invite others to suggest efforts by adding a comment.
In the meantime, please take a moment to mourn the heritage that was lost: