Nepal Earthquake: How You Can Help

| April 28, 2015 | 4 Comments

The earthquake in Nepal has devastated the region. Here’s a look at what happened and how you can help.

 

The number of people killed by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25 in Nepal has risen past 5,000. Much of the capital of Kathmandu was flattened, and the quake shook structures from Tibet to Bangladesh. Rural villages outside the capital have been cut off by road damage as they wait for aid, and on Everest rescue helicopters had to ferry stranded survivors down from the high camps after a massive avalanche swept through base camp, killing 18 climbers.
(Warning: This footage of the avalanche contains NSFW language.)

 

Travelers and mountaineers who have visited Nepal and who feel a connection to the region are organizing some grassroots, people-to-people humanitarian aid efforts. If you want to help, here are just a few of the smaller rescue efforts worth supporting:

Donate to Rural Communities

The dZi Foundation is a development organization with direct ties to some of the outlying rural communities in Nepal. They are currently taking donations online to help rebuild schools, homes, and infrastructure. Visit dZi.org to learn more.

Donate Used Sleeping Bags or Tents

Most of us have an old sleeping bag or tent in the garage somewhere that we don’t use anymore. Planet-Med (volunteer medical teams formerly mobilizing in Nepal and Bhutan) is taking donations of sleeping bags, tents, tarps, and money to help transport them to Kathmandu. They will be delivering the gear personally. Contact ferrarapete@gmail.com or call 303-638-7379.

Donate to Nepal Company Building Tents

The number of displaced people is high and their need is urgent. Abari.org launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to make canvas and bamboo tents for medical purposes and temporary shelters. Abari is on the ground in Nepal and building tents right now. Find out more here.

You can also support disaster relief efforts by donating to the Red Cross in Nepal.

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Deb Dion

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Deb is the editor of Telluride Magazine and the web editor for Women's Adventure. She believes the secret to a happy life is enjoying the uphill slog, paddling out, and the journey as much as you relish the downhill, riding the wave, and the destination.

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  1. First of all i would like to thank you for letting world know about the earthquake that devastated Nepal. And I would also like to thank you for making people aware about how they can help us.

    It’s been more than 9 months since the major earthquake hit the country. Nepalese people are trying to tackle down the problematic situation that the earthquake and the blockade had created. For this, international community can too help by spreading the news that Nepal is safe to travel. The economic of Nepal greatly depend upon tourism industry thus if the visitor gets the right information, it will make them feel safe in Nepal and thereby they can help Nepali people.
    Thank You

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