Earthquake in Nepal
Once again, we find ourselves coming together as a community to determine how we can respond to a terrible disaster. The following is taken from the website of Interaction.org, an alliance of reputable NGO's committed to working with the world's most vulnerable people.
Early on April 25 a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal's densely populated capital, Kathmandu. The quake and subsequent aftershocks have caused widespread devastation and loss of life, affecting communities in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. The disaster is the worst to hit Nepal since 1934.
Interaction partners with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Red Cross, Islamic Relief USA, Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran World Relief, ShelterBox, and many other trusted aid agencies to get help to those who need it most. This link will take you to Interaction.org's donation page, which lists agencies to whom you may direct your financial help.
Please also see the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Fact Sheet on post-earthquake assistance for Nepal.
Adrian Smith, Middlebury College class of 1997, has been working in Nepal for 15 years and is currently coordinating the purchase and distribution of tents, tarps, water filters and other basic needs. You can read more about Adrian’s work here. You may donate to his work via Paypal by specifying his email account: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that contributions made to Adrian as an individual are not tax-deductible.
The following is a message from Adrian on May 10:
Less than 2 weeks ago we began with the idea of supporting a village of 50 families in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal. The outpouring of support we have received has allowed us to scale up our relief efforts to deliver over 14,000 kg of food and other supplies (over 30,000 lbs) to roughly 1,000 families who had not yet received any aid. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to all who have supported us and have made this possible. We will continue to provide this basic immediate relief, working with the Nepal Army to identify and distribute to areas in Sindupalchowk which are still in critical need. Other outside support is now starting to be more apparent in the area and we hope that all villages will have received some response by the end of the week. Once we are satisfied that basic relief has reached the region, we will be refocusing our attention again on the village of Chaukati and thinking more about what longer term support looks like. With the first wave of immediate relief drawing to a close, I will be travelling to the U.S. shortly as originally planned before the earthquake struck. Relief efforts will continue here directed by Sweta Gurung and the team at Himalayan Crossroads. Thank you for following our work and for supporting us! We are still accepting donations through Paypal to email@example.com.
We are grateful to Professor Bill Waldron of the College's Department of Religion for bringing Adrian's work to our attention. Professor Waldron has known Adrian since Adrian's time as a student at Middlebury. Click here to see a short powerpoint presentation from Prof. Waldron on Nepal’s history and geography.