How to give to the Nepal earthquake relief effort

Posted at 11:51 AM, Apr 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-27 11:51:01-04

As the search for survivors continues and the process of rebuilding parts of Nepal begins after a devastating earthquake last weekend, people from around the world are chipping in to help.

The most sought-after foreign aid includes medical personnel and relief materials as thousands of survivors are now living in tents. There have been reports of shortages of food, water and electricity. According to BBC News, Pakistan was sending a 30-bed hospital, carried by four transport airplanes.

There are about 8,000 miles between the United States and the epicenter of Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake but Americans can still help by donating to relief efforts.

The American Red Cross has committed an initial $300,000 of aid to Nepal. According to its website, the organization has about 19,000 relief kits available in the country, which don’t include food items. Click here to donate to the Red Cross.

UNICEF, dedicated to helping children in the area, have said approximately 1 million kids need assistance after the earthquake. Click here to donate to UNICEF.

The United Nations’ World Food Program has also mounted an effort to help the people of Nepal. Donations to this organization will provide food to those affected. Click here to donate to the World Food Program.

Doctors Without Borders is involved in the relief effort, sending medical aid workers to the area. The French organization has set up a mobile surgical unit in the country. Click here to donate to Doctors Without Borders.

Paypal has made it easy for interested donors to give funds to several organizations that are helping in Nepal. Organizations like OxFam, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity have already received about $180,000 since the online donor site was launched following the earthquake. Click here to visit Paypal’s donation site.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.