How to help relief efforts in Nepal earthquake aftermath

Flags in Everest's basecamp. Photo: Shutterstock

Flags in Everest’s basecamp. Photo: Shutterstock

Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal have killed more than 4,000 people and leveled whole cities. As the days pass, relief efforts are pouring in and teams are working feverishly to try to dig through rubble, treat the injured, and get the proper care to thousands who need it. Though the aftershocks have subsided, the worst is far from over.

“The death toll could reach 10,000,” said Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, as essentials such as water and food have become scarce in the cities, not to mention that hygiene is compromised after disaster and disease can run rampant. The race against the clock is on to get people the aid they need, and here are a few groups and organizations sprinting to help that we should support.

Following the April 25th 7.9 M earthquake that struck central Nepal, thousands of people have been living outdoors, fearful of returning to their homes. Photo: Palani Mohan/IFRC

Following the April 25th 7.9 M earthquake that struck central Nepal, thousands of people have been living outdoors, fearful of returning to their homes. Photo: Palani Mohan/IFRC

Nepali organizations working within the country to provide help include American Nepal Medical Foundation, Health Nepal Foundation, and the Nepal Red Cross Society.

For the climbing communities affected by the avalanches, the Alex Lowe Charitable Trust is accepting donations to give to help and rebuild on behalf of the indigenous communities. The American Himalayan Foundation is another organization seeking help for those affected by the disasters, and 100% of the funds donated will go directly to earthquake relief efforts.

Aerial shot of Kathmandu, a city of tents. Photo: American Himalayan Foundation

Aerial shot of Kathmandu, a city of tents. Photo: American Himalayan Foundation

As Kathmandu and Everest have most of the media attention, there are surrounding areas, some rural, that also desperately need help. The dZi Foundation focuses their efforts on helping areas that other aid organizations and groups can’t reach. They’re committed to long-term impact in these oft-forgotten communities.

Additionally, well-known international partners have joined the relief efforts. A few options are AmeriCares, who have already sent emergency response teams into Nepal, and CARE, who has a long-standing presence in Nepal and reported that they’re coordinating efforts to help 75,000 people. Another organization, Operation USA, has worked in Nepal since the mid-1980s.

"We are arranging to send replacement equipment to hospitals in Nepal to restore capacity as soon as possible," said Operation USA CEO Richard Walden in a statement. "Donations, especially bulk in-kind materials from corporate partners, are critical at this time not only to deliver aid quickly, but also to ensure a long term commitment to the people of Nepal who face a long and challenging road ahead as they pick up the pieces in the earthquake's aftermath."

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