(UPDATED) 5 Ways to Help victims of the Nepal Earthquake

(UPDATED) 5 Ways to Help victims of the Nepal Earthquake April 25, 2015

(UPDATED, Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. MST):

  • For extensive coverage of the updates from Buddhist leaders and monasteries in the area, see the Lion’s Roar article here.
  • The death toll now stands at over 2400 as aftershocks hit throughout the country and will surely climb as ever more remote areas are surveyed.
  • Continued offerings of prayers, meditations, transferences of merit, etc are still no doubt deeply welcomed.
  • Some commenters have asked for a more “Buddhist” organization to donate to, for which I would recommend Matthieu Ricard’s Karuna Shechen. Another one recommended to me (thanks, Lynette!) is Citta.
  • PRI and the Charity Navigator blog also list several recommended organizations to donate to, both include CARE, GlobalGiving, and Save the Children as listed below. An additional charity that has been recommended several times is Mercy Corps.
  • In addition to the facebook alert system mentioned below, Google has set up a 2015 Nepal Earthquake Person Finder where you can search for or add information about people in the area.
  • Three Americans have been confirmed dead, all were in the Mt Everest area according to the NYT article linked above.
Nepal - Kathmandu - Roofscape
Nepal – Kathmandu – Roofscape by McKay Savage (flickr C.C.)

Today a massive earthquake struck Nepal, killing at least 1300 people. Most of those affected were in the Kathmandu valley, though an avalanche near Mount Everest is reported to have killed several hikers, at least 12 have died in neighboring Tibet, and 34 more in India, including 3 in Bihar, home of Buddhism’s holiest city: Bodhgaya. Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with many of the buildings in the capital city made of brick and mortar with minimal reinforcement. Outside the cities, many people live in simple mud thatch houses. The per capita GDP is less than $2500. Already relief agencies are scrambling to get needed supplies, including food, water, shelter, and medical aid, into the country.

Nepali Woman I, Kathmandu
Nepali Woman, Kathmandu; photo by Lyle Vincent (flickr C.C.)

Here are several organizations active in the area you can support:

  • Save the Children:Save the Children is in need of donations to support our disaster response efforts. Your support will help us protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families. Donations will go to the Nepal Earthquake Children’s Relief Fund will support our disaster response to this emergency.” Donate Now
  • Global Giving:All donations to this fund will support disaster recovery and relief efforts in response to the region of Nepal impacted by this earthquake. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.” Donate Now(or for those in the US, you can Text GIVE NEPAL to 80088 to donate $10 to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply.)
  • America Nepal Medical Foundation: “The American Nepal Medical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization incorporated in the state of New York.” Their mission states, in part, “It is the firm belief of the foundation that as with the problems in any other field, the primary responsibility of resolving Nepal’s health problems lies with the Nepali people including medical professionals. There can be no substitute for their own commitment and action in Nepal. However, as a U.S. based nonprofit organization, the foundation is committed to supporting the Nepali people’s ongoing efforts to enhance their health status. ANMF will focus on improving the quality of medical care, medical education and medical research in Nepal.” Donate Now
  • CARE Emergency: “CARE’s humanitarian workers on the ground in Nepal are currently assessing the situation and determining immediate needs. CARE has worked in Nepal since 1978, with programs focused on areas including food Security, HIV/AIDS, health, education, water and sanitation, and the empowerment of women and girls. CARE’s past responses to emergencies in Nepal have included response to massive landslides in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district in August 2014… CARE, which works in 90 countries around the world, places a special focus on women, children and other vulnerable populations, who are often disproportionately affected by disasters. Donate Now
  • Lastly, if you have friends or loved ones in the area, you can check in on them through a page set up on Facebook that allows people mark themselves or others as safe: https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/nepalearthquake/

Check out 108 Zen Books for more opportunities to help out and if you know of other organizations that should be listed, please add them (and web links) in the comments.

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22 responses to “(UPDATED) 5 Ways to Help victims of the Nepal Earthquake”

  1. Via email today:

    World Vision has been doing long-term development in Nepal for more than a decade and we will be assisting in the relief efforts in Nepal. We are currently trying to ensure the safety of our local staff, and coordinating our response with the local government and other aid organizations. Immediate needs include potable water, food, household supplies, temporary shelter and protection for children.

    Here’s the direct link where people can donate: http://donate.worldvision.org/ways-to-give/by-category/disaster-relief/nepal-quake?_ga=1.193039022.2083611607.1426177667

  2. And from friends on fb an elsewhere, the Seva Foundation:

    Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund

    Join us in turning Compassion into Action

    Your support is needed to provide emergency relief efforts in response to a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has caused enormous damage throughout Nepal.

    Your tax-deductible donation will be put to work right away to assist those in need.

    Thank you for your support.

  3. Tsoknyi Rinpoche, writing from Nepal, says:

    In terms of prayers, please recite the Dusum Sangye (Buddha of the Three Times) prayer below. Please also make prayers of compassion for the people who passed away and Guru Rinpoche prayers for the people who have survived. Also please pray that more earthquakes will not occur.

    Practically, please help in whatever way you can. I would like to start by helping the village of Chobar, which suffered a lot of damage. I want to help Chobar village first, as its people are physically closest to us. Then we can help other places, we can spread out to surrounding areas. If you want to assist in this way, please send any support funds to Tsoknyi Nepal Nuns foundation [http://www.tsoknyinepalnuns.org] or to your Pundarika organization or supporting organization in your respective countries. The funds will be distributed in appropriate ways. Please specify that the donation is for Nepal Earthquake Emergency Relief.


    Dusum Sangye Guru Rinpoche
    Ngodrub Kundag Dewa Chenpo Shab
    Barchey Kunsel Dudul Dragpo Tsal
    Solwa Debso Jingyi Labtu Sol
    Chinang Sangwey Barchey Shiwa Dang
    Sampa Lhungyi Drubpar Jingyi Lob

    Guru Rinpoche, Buddha of the three times,
    Lord of all siddhis who is the one of great bliss,
    Dispeller of all obstacles, wrathful tamer of Mara,
    We supplicate you; please grant your blessings.
    Grant your blessings that outer, inner
    and secret obstacles be pacified
    And that our intentions be spontaneously accomplished.

    see the full facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/TsoknyiNepalNuns/posts/674877609283510

  4. These are all options for donations. Is there a way to volunteer for the search and rescue operations in Nepal? Does any NGO/volunteer group (preferable India-based) invite people to help with ground work there?

  5. via email:

    World Neighbors has been rooted in rural Nepali communities since 1973 and will provide relief efforts and remain active after first responders leave to provide long-term rehabilitation and support. Monetary donations can be made online at bit.ly/NepalAid or bit.ly/SupportNepal and by calling 800-627-4556. Donations will support relief efforts through World Neighbors and their existing programs in Nepal and Bihar, India.

  6. Do your bit for humanity; it’ll help you feel better about yourself and
    even if you may not be able to see it – you’ll be bringing a smile on
    the face of someone who really really needs to do just that now!

    Save the Children Has established a save the children Nepal Earthquake relief fund and you can contribute to it .to know more visit here http://www.collegeokplease.com/life-style/how-you-can-do-your-bit-to-help-the-nepal-earthquake-victims/918

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