The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that devastated Nepal last Saturday is one that has left the entire world reeling, with a horrific death count of 3,326 that continues to climb, over 6,500 injured and thousands of beloved family homes cast to rubble in a matter of minutes.
The 7.8 quake (the worst in 80 years) also set off an avalanche on Mount Everest, fatally wounding climbers and sweeping away significant parts of the base camp, and there have been reports that entire communities close to the epicenter have been leveled – one man told the BBC that ‘almost every home in his village…had been destroyed’. More than ever, it’s time for us to come together and do what we can to help those suffering. Here are some ways to get involved below.
Vouched for by our Sassy Editor Lauren who spent time volunteering with them, All Hands is currently putting together a team who will be heading over to help assess the situation and provide emergency relief including sanitation, clean water and food. You can donate here.
Circle of Health International
COHI focuses on providing disaster relief, training and supplies to women and children. Aligning itself with local, community-based organisations led and powered by women, they’re able to supply professional volunteers while getting requested and appropriate supplies and equipment to mamas and babies in need. Donated to their Nepal Earthquake fund here.
Global Fund For Women
Global Fund For Women, a humanitarian organisation that empowers women across the world, is raising funds. They’ll be supporting key partner organisations on the ground with a specific aim to help women throughout the crisis. Donate here.
This internationally renowned organisation is one that’s planned out a step by step relief programme that will initially assist first responders providing food, fuel, hygiene products, clean water and shelter before helping support longer term recovery projects in the region. With a goal to raise USD$1,000,000, you can do your part by donating here.
The Nepal Red Cross
The Red Cross released a statement that The Nepal Red Cross is still in action, however they’re in need of help after losing volunteers to the disaster and are struggling for supplies for those in need (around 1.6 million people have been displaced). Their website is currently down, however you can donate through the global page here.
Oxfam is aiming to raise at least $2 million to support their teams flying out to Nepal as well as surrounding areas affected such as Tibet to help assess the situation and provide assistance wherever they can, by preparing supplies and arranging for clean water, sanitation and emergency food. You can either donate online or make a bank transfer with their details here.
Save the Children
Save the Children, an international children’s charity, is collecting donations to further their mission of protecting and aiding children by creating a focused relief effort in Nepal.
Shikshya Foundation Nepal
This relief organization spearheaded by Nepalese-American designer Prabal Gurung is one that’s addressing the most immediate needs: medical support, search efforts, rescue expeditions, shelters as well as urgent food and water supplies. Donate to the Shikshya Foundation Nepal here.
Donate $10 to UNICEF by texting ‘Nepal’ to 864233. Alternately, head over to UNICEF’s website here to make a donation, where $1500 will provide 7 first aid kits to treat children, $2850 supplies two families with drinking and washing water and $4200 provides school-in-a-box kits to 80 children.
World Vision, a fast acting children’s and disaster relief organization, is raising funds to help distribute food, water, shelter and medical supplies to survivors. They’re planning to target an initial 100,000 people in hard-hit areas including Gorkha, Lamjung, Bakthapur, Lalitpur and Kathmandu. You can also donate in person at 10 Tannery Lane #06-01, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Donate to World Vision Singapore’s relief fund here.
If you have loved ones in Nepal who you haven’t been able to get in contact with, you can use Google Person Finder or Facebook Safety Check, crowd-sourced initiatives to provide people with information about those affected. We hope that whoever you may be searching for is safe and our hearts go out to the people of Nepal.
Looking for what you can do to help from here in Singapore? We’ll be updating this page with information on fundraisers and donation drives throughout the week. If you have something you’d like us to share, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org