On April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal about 50 miles from the nation’s capital and largest city, Kathmandu. The quake destroyed buildings, killing and injuring thousands and the number of causalities is expected to rise as rescue teams reach remote villages. Meanwhile, people are dealing with shortages of food and water while being forced to live in tents after their homes were destroyed. Many of you will want to help the relief efforts underway and we have listed a few charities below to help you maximize your giving.
In addition to the well recognized efforts of the American Red Cross, the list below will help you become more aware of the variety of efforts underway to support the people of Nepal. However, we urge you to first decide what type of impact means the most to you. All have a 3- to 4-star Charity Navigator Rating.
American Himalayan Foundation – Recovery and rebuilding.
AmeriCares – Medical aid, relief supplies.
CARE – Shelter, food, water, hygiene.
Catholic Relief Services – Shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene.
Direct Relief – Extensive medical supply inventory, personnel, health commodities.
Disaster Philanthropy – General and longterm disaster relief.
Doctors Without Borders – Medical teams to assist.
GlobalGiving – Emergency shelter, long-term relief.
International Medical Corps – Medical teams to assist hospitals.
Mercy Corps – Food, shelter, water.
Samaratin’s Purse – Disaster Response teams and supplies.
Save the Children – Relief supplies.