Help Nepal Earthquake Victims
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An earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal on April 25th near the capital of Kathmandu. Although rescue efforts are underway, the death toll continues to rise, much of the infrastucture has crumbled, and survivors are forced to live outdoors.
Smaller tremors and aftershocks following the earthquake have made the situation even more dangerous. The number of lives lost (more than 3200 and counting) and loss to infrastructure, including world heritage sites, have been debilitating.
Who are we, what are we doing, and how can you help?
A donation, no matter how large or small, will directly help relief and rebuilding efforts in Nepal. All donations are tax-deductible and will be utilized to directly help victims of this tragedy.
Several groups from around the U.S. have united to support this campaign:
1) One Step ( www.facebook.com/OneStepProjects), a nonprofit fiscally sponsored by Compassion for African Villages a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization ( www.compassionforafricanvillages.org)
2) The Nepalese Student Association of UCSD ( http://goo.gl/cwP75v), a nonprofit student organization
3) Trek to Teach ( www.trektoteach.org), a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the fiscal sponsor of Help Nepal Today
4) Sikshya Nepal ( www.sikshya-nepal.org), a nonprofit organization
We have all come together to support Nepal during the aftermath of this tragedy.
We all have beloved family and friends in Nepal and want to do anything we can to help. Any funds raised will be used to provide survivors with supplies essential for survival. Any funds remaining will be donated to carefully vetted local organization dedicated towards providing relief and reconstruction. We have family and nonprofit connections on the ground in Nepal who will communicate exactly what they need. We also have contacts in rural Nepal where aid is desperately needed.
We thank you in advance for your kind support! Please share this campaign #helpnepalnow #helpnepaltoday
We have provided jasta (tin roof) for 120 houses in a village called Semjong in the Dhading district of Nepal. These semi-permanent shelters are built with locally available materials and will be able to withstand the monsoon, unlike tents. The tin roofing can be reused in the future, as permanent homes are built. This means that the people of Semjong will be able to survive the monsoon!
We are collaborating with two medical teams on the ground and are prepared to fulfill needs if requested. We are also going to collaborate with organizations from Canada and a representative from The World Centre to provide similar, reliable shelter to Laprak, Gorkha, which is greatly in need. Our partners will reach Laprak later this week and coordinate with us directly from there. This will be a larger project than the one in Semjong and involve rebuilding nearly 600 houses. More information and photos soon!
We are currently collecting and packing medical/water purification/sanitation supplies to send with a U.S. Naval group. There are several medical groups traveling so we want to make the best of this opportunity to send supplies and aid since most organizations are having issues getting supplies through at the Kathmandu airport. We are also actively communicating with partners on the ground to determine what is needed so that monetary assistance can be channeled through our 501(c)3 partners on the ground. Every single cent will be accounted for. We are going to be really busy for the next few days (even more so than we have been so far) but will continue to post updates here as well as on our website www.helpnepaltoday.org to keep you in the loop. Thank you so much! Much love and gratitude to you from all of us.
We have connected with many 501(c)3 nonprofit partners on the ground as well as medical teams that are traveling to Nepal (especially rural areas) by Monday next week. This means that the donations you have provided will begin helping people right away and even more so next week!
We also have several community members (all experts in providing aid) traveling in May. What all of this means is that we will be able to send waves of assistance. We will keep this campaign alive so that Nepal is never forgotten and receives TARGETED, DIRECT help exactly where it is needed.
We are also grateful for the San Diego based media coverage we have received to get to keep this story alive and help Nepal. Without them, we would not have been able to succeed in helping Nepal so soon.
We have launched a website, www.helpnepaltoday.org, for anyone who wants to keep up with our activities, learn more, or donate directly (thereby bypassing any fees). All donations sent to us, on either platform, are tax-deductible.
We just completed our vigil at UCSD campus. It was successful and we are so thankful for the support that we have gotten. We will sleep more easily tonight. Many of us haven't slept in days but wishing peace for the victims has given us some, however minimal, sense of peace as well. The work will begin again tomorrow!
Reports indicate that there have been more than 3200 casualties so far and the death toll keeps rising due to aftershocks. Everyone is living outside, despite the rain, and entire villages (in rural areas) have been decimated. Let us all pray and send aid soon.
We have received some media coverage in San Diego, which has helped with our efforts: http://www.10news.com/news/ucsd-nepalese-students-sending-aid-to-nepal-earthquake-042615
So far, we have collected $1498 and received clothes and two stoves (which allow for cooking as well as phone charging) in donation. One of our partners will be traveling to deliver any donated items in 2 weeks. All donated funds will be used to help victims directly through organizations and established contacts in Nepal. We will start sending out aid by Tuesday during our vigil/fundraiser at UCSD which you are all welcome to attend: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569719453316441/