How to Support Nepal’s Earthquake Relief Effort?

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.

nepal_bouncebackWe 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.
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Job Opening: Research Analyst – Renewable Technology and Energy Policy

Update (07/02/2013): Thank you for your interest. The application for this position is closed. Please check back later for any openings. 

A newly created energy company is seeking a dynamic candidate for a part-time position of Research Analyst to work on Nepal’s energy sector. The work involves providing analytical and technical support on renewable technologies and energy policies in Nepal. The position will be available in Nepal and will be home based. Applicants should have access to a personal computer and reliable internet connection.

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Why I started this blog?

For some time, I have been thinking of writing about Nepal’s energy sector. The main objective of this blog is to draw attention to the challenges and opportunities that lie within the industry.

Nepal’s energy situation is marred with shortages and massive power outage. Only 40% of Nepalese have access to electricity. Power shortage in Nepal is such acute that even the fortunate 40% of the population with access to electricity have to face massive blackouts for up to 16 hours a day.

Despite big challenges, huge opportunities lie in front of us. Only 2% of the economically feasible hydro-electricity is produced so far. Moreover, we have the opportunity to look at other countries’ energy policies and formulate our own based on their successes and failures.

Over the course of time, I will write about various topics on Nepal’s energy sector such as, hydropower status, electricity sector, viability of other renewable technologies, energy policy and regulations, and potential opportunities of investing in energy projects.

I will try my best to support my writing with the facts and be clear as possible. Any comments or feedback will be highly appreciated.

Happy reading!