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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.