How to Help Nepal

April 29th, 2015

Image source: CNN

In the recent aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that has ravaged Nepal with death tolls approximating 5000 and more than 10,000 injured, we would like to dedicate this week’s blog to the people of Nepal by providing links to various relief organizations you wish to contact and offer your help. According to the United Nations, more than eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake. News reports state the international aid agencies are facing huge challenges in distributing the aid to the survivors because of damaged roads and transport network and loss of power in parts of the country.

A man walks through the rubble of houses damaged by the earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu.
AFP: Menahem Kahana

Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara tower, a city landmark, in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)

Please refer to this link provided by The New York Times, for a list of organizations you may wish to consider offering your help.

In case, you’re unable to access the link, below is a list of some of the organizations soliciting donations to support their relief efforts in Nepal:

CARE – CARE is asking for donations for critical relief. The group said its humanitarian workers were on the ground assessing the situation in Nepal and determining the most immediate needs.

Doctors Without Borders – The organization is sending eight teams of health care providers, including eight surgeons, to assist earthquake victims and distribute supplies.

International Medical Corps – The organization’s emergency response team is on the ground in Nepal, trying to provide critically needed medicines and supplies, including hygiene kits and water purification tablets, to survivors. Teams of doctors, nurses and logisticians will try to operate mobile medical units in the hardest-hit areas.

SOS Children’s Villages – The organization has been in Nepal since the 1970s and has three “villages” around Katmandu. It has set up an emergency fund to create safe spaces for children and help reunite children separated from their families.

International Relief Teams
 – International Relief Teams has already ordered a shipment of emergency medicines to be airlifted to Nepal, and is asking for donations to send more.

Handicap International – Handicap International has been working in Nepal since 2000 and has 47 volunteers on the ground distributing wheelchairs and other mobility aids, and providing help with rehabilitation and logistics.

Unicef – The United Nations Children Fund is providing supplies like water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarps and nutrition supplements for children and families affected by the earthquake, and working with the government and other partners to meet children’s immediate needs.

Habitat for Humanity International – The group says its disaster response teams are coordinating efforts with local government agencies and disaster relief partners, and will be assembling emergency shelter kits.

Mercy Corps – Mercy Corps has been in Nepal since 2006 and has more than 90 volunteers on the ground trying to distribute water, shelter kits, mosquito netting, tarps, cooking utensils, hygiene materials and other household provisions.

MAP International
- MAP International, a global Christian health organization, will distribute what it calls an “interagency emergency health kit” that will treat 10,000 people for 90 days, and supply a container shipment of medicines and supplies.

For general information on the country of Nepal, we highly recommend the Infographic prepared by Work the World, an organization dedicated to providing healthcare internships around the world: Please check it out and learn more. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal.

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