Nepal Earthquake – How to Help
The following article is on the Fidelity Charitable website. If you are interested in giving to help Nepal, go to the website for some ideas of good charities that can help the Nepalese.
On April 25, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, causing widespread death and destruction. Since the initial quake, aftershocks have been rocking the country, creating even broader damage.
Nepal has been overwhelmed with the extent of the disaster, and aid organizations in the United States and around the world are mobilizing to respond. Supporting relief efforts For donors interested in giving to relief efforts, below are organizations that Fidelity Charitable has confirmed were on the ground in Nepal before the earthquake and that have a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services.
These organizations have moved quickly to respond to the disaster and provide relief in the affected communities, addressing a range of immediate needs such as medical support, food, water, and temporary housing. You can read more about the needs created by the Nepal earthquake and considerations to guide effective grantmaking after a disaster below.
The complete list can be found here:
Please note that this does not represent a full list of organizations raising money for the relief efforts needed as a result of the Nepal earthquake. Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations, and provides this list for reference purposes only. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Nepal earthquake relief to grantees.
Faith-based support considerations For donors who prefer faith-based giving, religious charities are often at the forefront of disaster relief and can be another effective way to respond to the earthquake in Nepal. It is important to ensure that the religious partner organizations are connecting with charities that have experience in disaster relief or already have established relationships with Nepal. For additional information about faith-based giving, contact your particular house of worship or its relief agency to learn more about its role in disaster relief.
More about the Nepal Earthquake Officials cannot yet assess the full extent of the disaster in Nepal, but thousands are reported dead, with tens of thousands injured or displaced from their homes. Hospitals are overwhelmed, food and water supplies are low, and many are without power.
The quake has also caused significant damage to the country’s already limited transportation and communications infrastructure, impeding relief efforts from both outside and within the country. Disaster relief experts say the most effective response immediately after an earthquake should be to provide victims with medical aid and ensure that their immediate food and housing needs are met. Monsoon season in Nepal begins in June, so there is an urgency to provide shelter sufficient to withstand the weather.
Once these primary needs have been addressed, additional disaster relief support will still be essential to crucial recovery efforts, such as rebuilding infrastructure, and creating disaster preparedness plans to reduce future risks. Learn more about the four phases of a disaster in Giving Toward Disaster Relief.