On Saturday morning, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake shattered Nepal and areas of Bangladesh and West India, leaving a death toll of 3,617 people and counting, with at least 6,500 injured. Hundreds are still believed to be trapped in buildings and ruins, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Nepal’s major tourist attractions. People in the affected regions, including hospital patients, are sleeping on the streets out of fear that buildings are no longer sturdy enough to hold them.
Nepal, an impoverished nation, regularly suffers from mass hunger and lack of clean water. Here’s how you can help send food and water to victims of this terrible tragedy. Any donation — whether you make a payment out of your own pocket or pool together money from friends, family, or your office — helps.
Global Giving aims to meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once the initial relief work has calmed, your donation will transition into a fund that supports longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations.
The Lutheran aid group is on the field handing out water filtration units so safe water is readily available.
Help Oxfam continue sending emergency food, water, and sanitation supplies by making a donation on their website.
PayPal is waiving fees for donations made through their portal to the reputable organizations listed on their website.
Help feed victims as well as emergency response teams by donating to the United Nations’ food assistance branch.
If you would like to donate to a charity not listed here, please make sure to double-check their legitimacy. Websites like Charity Navigator can help you do that.