Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
$9,623 of $5,000 goal
Encouraged by the requests from many of you, my friend Gaurav and I have started this fundraiser for Nepal Earthquake Relief. We have learned that most people who want to help are running against a wall when it comes to effectively deploying the supplies: the donors aren't able to find right channels to distribute the goods and the rescuers aren't able to find suppliers to get the goods to them. So, instead of donating it to another organization, we are directly working with multiple teams on the ground, some collecting/ordering/importing supplies and others distrbuting supplies personally, there by getting the supplies as directly as possible, to the people in need. Our focus is mostly remote areas (outside Kathmandu) which still have not seen much help. The money donated will go to buy supplies that would be then distributed by the already active teams on the ground. Also, instead of sending the supplies randomly, we will be responding to the specific needs of the requesting regions, thereby making the contribution where it is needed the most. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me.
Just so you have an idea of how far your donation goes in Nepal, consider this: 1kg (2 lbs) of rice costs around $1, 1kg of beans costs around $2, a 15'X15' tarpauline costs around $7-$10, a nice quality tent that can shelter a family of 5 costs around $100. So every dollar counts! Thank you for all your support!
First of all, I would like to say thank you to all of you who donated
way above the initial set limit. Here is an update on the work that has
been done so far with your donations.
Donation/cash received status:
Total Donations: $9373
No. of Transactions: 85
Service charge by GoFundMe.com: $468.65**
Service charge by WePay: $296.82
Total Deduction: $765.97
Net Cash Received: $8,607.03
Additional Cash outside of Gofundme: $1000.00
Note: US$ 1 = NRs 100 (approximately)
$2612.5: medical supplies provided to Sindhupalkchock and Kirtipur
village residents via PHECT and Kathmandu Model Hospital team
$560: medical supplies provided to Harrisiddi village residents via Dr
Arbin Joshi and team from Harisiddi clinic
$300: building repair toolkit provided to Gorkha village residents via
Kathmandu Rotract Club
$2500: medical supplies provided to Sindhupalchok village residents via
We still have about $3634 left which we will use for more medical supplies.
Rupesh Shrestha, another friend of ours, in Kathmandu, has been part of
our team handling the supply and logistics. We will post pictures and
medical donation list in near future.
As you know, we initially planned to procure tents from abroad, but it
did not work out well because of uncertainty with shipping, border and
customs issues. Besides, we were advised by tent manufacturers in India
that millions of tents were already en-route to Nepal and that we should
hold back. Even though, we know there is still scarcity of tents, nobody
seems to know what happened to those tents. We wanted to avoid that
risk, so we consciously decided to focus on medical supplies and
supporting clinics, and setup the logistics to do that. Our friends in
the medical community have helped us with getting the right items to the
As a separate initiative, Gaurab is sending 600 jackets
(donated from a friend of his) to Nepal. Because of freight issues, they
are being shipped in small bulks as part of the relief shipment sent
from Singapore. This initiative is not using any money from this fund.
We thank you once again for the support, and will keep you updated.
Miton, Gaurab, Rupesh