A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. As of now, nearly 2500 deaths have been reported and this number is expected to rise. To put things in perspective, Nepal’s recent earthquake is 22 times larger in its impact than the 2010 Haiti earthquake that claimed 110,000 – 160,000 lives. The aftershocks are making things even worse – Nepal has already experienced 50 aftershocks of more than 4.0-magnitude.
The road to recovery is going to be very long and arduous. We need to coordinate with the Government in this rescue process. It is heartening that international governments – India, China, Pakistan, France, England, Israel, Russia – and international organizations – UN, PLAN, Oxfam, and others – are responding promptly to Nepal’s situation.
We can also contribute to the rescue process by donating in any amount we can. While choosing the organization for donation, please make sure that you choose a registered 501©3 charitable organization so that your contribution will not be taxed. Please note that this tax situation only applies to people donating from United States.
You can choose between local or international organizations. If you worry about overhead costs and the percentage of money that goes to the affected people, it might be better supporting local organizations. International organizations are terrific, but have large administrative costs and higher staff salaries. Moreover, local organizations can mobilize and manage staffs in larger scale for immediate relief. Some of the 501(c)3 registered local organization/groups that are accepting donations are:
- Nepal Red Cross Society is a major relief organization and is a direct way to help the people of Nepal. Here is its online donation link; please note that their website connectivity is on and off, so you might not be able to get through.
- America Nepal Medical Foundation: It is a 501(c)3 organization with Nepal Chapter led by Drs. Bhagwan Koirala and Arjun Karki.All the money raised (beside the processing fees) will be donated to local organizations like Red Cross, Doctors without Borders (MSF) and other relief agencies on the ground in Nepal.
- Health Nepal Foundation: The organization is501(c)3 and aims to support people affected with earthquake to provide basic health care, first aid, safe water, food and shelter.
- Sarvodaya Nepal/Teach for Nepal: A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization involved in recovery efforts in villages where Teach For Nepal is actively working. Your donations will directly aid these activities.
- Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund: The fund established by PM office in Nepal is accepting funds in following banks. The name of the bank account is “Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund” and is same for all banks. Please note that you also need Bank’s SWIFT code if you are doing wire transfer.
- Everest Bank Limited, New Baneshwor. Acct no: 00101102200012 & 00100105200270
- Global IME Bank ltd, Gyaneshwor: Acct no: 0411010000005
- Nepal Bangladesh Bank, New Baneshwor: Acct no: 035141C
- Nepal Bank Limited, Kathmandu Banking Office: Acct no: 002-11-053313
- Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd, Lazimpat: Acct no: 01-0132438-01
Below are some of the international organizations supporting the relief effort. You can now donate to following and many other intl organizations through Paypal. PayPal is waiving fees for donations made through this campaign, ensuring that 100% of your gift reaches the organization you support. As a result, 100% of your donation reaches the nonprofit. Moreover, Donations will be delivered by the PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
- CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is a large humanitarian organization, again with a presence in Nepal. Visiting its website will take you to a page where you can donate to CARE’s relief efforts in the country.
- Oxfam is an international organization dedicated to fighting poverty. It also has a presence in Nepal. Donate to Oxfam’s relief efforts in Nepal, here.
- Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children in 120 nations, also has a network in Nepal. Donate to its relief efforts in the country,here.
- Global Giving’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund is aiming to raise 2.5 million dollar, and have already collected half of it.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, everyone in Nepal, please consider following safety tips for next few weeks:
- Please wear a mask 24/7. Inhalation and accumulation of dust material kills people starting as early as 3 days.
- Dust accumulation directly effects lungs and heart and indirectly affects every other tissue in our body bringing long-term health issues. So please cover your mouth and nose by any means.
- Turn off electricity and gas sources. Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is a real danger during the aftermath of an earthquake.
- Use your cellphones and landlines only to make necessary calls. This helps clear the network and emergency responders can get in touch with people in critical situation quickly.
- Stay away from damaged areas. Return home only when the authorities say it is safe.
- Check for sewage and water lines damage. Store remaining drinking water for later use.
We will keep updating this post as we get more relevant information. Let’s stand together in this grave period. Nepal shall prosper.