Nepal Earthquake Relief: Top 5 Places to Donate

The devastating effects of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal is not a Nepalese crisis. It’s a global crisis that reflects our collective humanity. Those of us fortunate enough to have avoided Earth’s natural disasters and resulting tragedies should strive to aid those in need. My grandfather taught me to help others unselfishly and consistently rather than waiting for resources to become surplus. Therefore, after extensive research, I decided to contribute financially to relief efforts in Nepal. Only four international NGOs and one grassroots funding initiative met my personal criteria.

 

Criteria

To be eligible for my list, an entity must:

  • Have no political ties or religious agendas
  • Spend at least 87% of donations on lifesaving programs
  • Achieve an A rating on Charity Watch (where applicable)
  • Be working in effected regions of Nepal
  • Allow contributions to go directly to disaster relief in Nepal

5 Places to Donate

International Medical Corps

Why? Your entire donation will go to relief programs in Nepal. Learn more about International Medical Corps, here.

Charity Watch Rating: A. Read the full report here.

Donate to their efforts in Nepal, here.

 

Care

Why? One of the first international aid agencies in Nepal, Care has over 150 staff working in the effected districts. Learn more about Care, here.

Charity Watch Rating: A. Read the full report here.

Donate to their efforts in Nepal, here.

 

Save the Children

Why? Your donation will go to disaster relief efforts in Nepal while 10% will be saved for lifesaving support during the next global emergency. Learn more about Save the Children, here.

Charity Watch Rating: A. Read the full report here.

Donate to their efforts in Nepal, here.

 

American Red Cross

Why? They’re providing first aid, search and rescue teams, blood to medical facilities and support to first responders.  Learn more about the American Red Cross, here.

Charity Watch Rating: A. Read the full report here.

Donate to their efforts in Nepal, here.

 

Fundraising for Local NGOs

Why? Started by two earthquake survivors, Lokesh and Aditya Todi are raising funds for local organizations. Donations will go directly to local NGOs who don’t have easy access to international capital. Local NGOs have a deeper understating of the Himalayan terrain and are invested in long term rebuilding.

Donate to their efforts in Nepal, here.

 

Photograph courtesy of Earth Heal

 

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