Photo by @tsetan_c

How you can help Nepal earthquake victims right now

It breaks my heart to see the photos of the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal. My prayers go out to the families affected and to the workers and volunteers traveling there to aid recovery efforts.

This past Saturday, Nepal was hit with a devastating earthquake — the worst the country has seen in over 80 years. The death toll is now over 4,000 and reconstruction is estimated in the billions. The Gramforacause team and I have done some research and compiled ways you can help out:

Charity Water

100% of donations will go towards urgent needs such as water, food, shelter, sanitation and emergency care for the injured.

American Red Cross

The Red Cross has been on the ground in Nepal, helping locate and reunite families, provide first aid and support to first responders. You can donate here.

UNICEF

The UNICEF staff based in Nepal reported that there are “more than 1 million children in earthquake-affected areas in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.” UNICEF is working on getting necessary medication, nutrition and clean water to children and families. Here are 5 ways to donate via UNICEF.

World Vision

The World Vision emergency response staff is also on site helping aid urgent needs such as shelter, food, water and first aid. You can donate here.

Humanitarian Open Street Map

You can help build a digital map of the earthquake zone, alongside thousands of other volunteers around the world.

For those of you trying to locate family and/or friends in Nepal, several tech companies have released tools to help you check in with your loved ones.

Facebook Safety Check

Google Person Finder

Skype (Free calls to landlines and cell phones in Nepal)

Claire Bennet, resident of Kathmandu, Nepal says in a recent Guardian piece, “More than your plane ticket or your collection of old T-shirts, what is most needed in Nepal right now is money.”

Are there any other resources or donation funds I may have missed? Leave a note in the comments below or shoot me an email at denise (at) gramforacause (dot) com.

This post was first published on the Gramforacause Blog.

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