Whether you travel to experience different cultures or just to backpack around some stunning scenery for a while, Nepal is more than likely on your bucket list. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck April 25 affected a wide area from Kathmandu to the Everest Base Camp. At the time of writing, more than 4,000 people were confirmed killed and over 7,000 injured. Here are 7 easy ways you can support Nepal after such a destructive natural disaster.
1. Direct your efforts or money to rebuilding homes and sustaining culture.
Organizations like MercyCorps provide aid for local families to rebuild so that they can continue on with their livelihoods.
2. Diverse religious communities are helping out — you can join them.
When it comes to providing aid, religious communities often step up to the plate. Two great organizations that are providing aid to the greater Kathmandu area are Islamic Relief UK and Catholic Relief Services.
3. Support direct medical assistance at already overcrowded hospitals.
Hospital space is incredibly limited. Direct Relief is one organization that has started to mobilize its Emergency Response Team in order to offer medical assistance to Nepal-based hospitals.
4. Realize that even $10 will help.
Sometimes we think we don’t have enough money to support such a big problem. GlobalGiving lets you donate in sums as small as $10. Even better, they work with locally vetted organizations to plan for the long term as well.
5. Acknowledge that Nepal’s future depends on helping its children now.
Save the Children is an organization that supports children and many others who have aspiring dreams. Donations go directly to providing relief for children and their families, and 10% goes to preparing for future emergencies.
6. Know that everyone deserves the basic necessities.
7. Support the international community in coming together.
Organizations like UNICEF are mobilizing to provide aid in the wake of the earthquake. UNICEF is providing water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, and nutrition supplies in conjunction with the Nepali government to meet immediate needs.