How You Can Help Victims Of Nepal's Earthquake

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The death toll from Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has risen to 2,300, according to BBC News. It's the area's worst earthquake in years, and the avalanche it triggered on Mount Everest, killing 18, was the mountain's worst disaster. Now, even as powerful aftershocks rock the surrounding areas — with one on Sunday morning measuring at 6.7 — relief agencies are making their way to Kathmandu and the surrounding villages and cities. This is where you come in: Because all of those agencies could use monetary donations (not, as some assume, donations of clothing or food). Here are a few ways to help:

— The Global Fund for Women has grantee programs on the ground in the area that specifically support women and children. Those are the people most vulnerable during such disasters, as shelter and food become scarce.

— The Nepal Red Cross headquarters is still up and running, according to the International Red Cross, and has already set up temporary shelters and is providing drinking water and food to victims. It sounds like the organization will be in need of help with its efforts: "Currently NRCS has around 17,000 sets of [non-food relief items] in its warehouses in Kathmandu Valley and limited stock of WASH kits and food items in Kathmandu Valley which may not be sufficient to fulfill the need of temporarily displaced population (around 1.6 million people) for Kathmandu Valley."

— Nepalese-American designer Prabal Gurung is raising funds through his organization, Shikshya Foundation Nepal, on Crowdrise. Already, his famous friends are spreading the word about it via social media. "The immediate need on the ground is for medical support, search and rescue, emergency shelters and food and water among many other things," Gurung states on the fundraising site. "As the days, weeks and months go by and after the humanitarian needs are addressed, Nepal will need to begin the healing and rebuilding process."

— The Charity Navigator Blog has listed several highly rated organizations that are raising money for the disaster, including AmeriCares and Save the Children. The site also provides advice on how to make sure you're sending money to the right place.

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URGENT!! Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Donate & spread the message. Every dollar counts. #repost #PrayForNepal #HelpNepal For the link, click on bio. Hundreds of people have been killed by a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. There is widespread devastation across Nepal. The death toll, approaching 1,000, continues to rise as search and rescue efforts are underway in Kathmandu and across the country. People are still trapped under collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, and there is no way to accurately guess how many are in need throughout the other cities and thousands of villages at this time. The immediate need on the ground is for medical support, search and rescue, emergency shelters and food and water among many other things. As the days, weeks and months go by and after the humanitarian needs are addressed, Nepal will need to begin the healing and rebuilding process. The magnitude of the damage is still being assessed, but hundreds of buildings have collapsed including many homes and many of Nepal’s ancient and iconic temples and monuments. Your donations will go through my organization, Shikshya Foundation Nepal (www.shikshyafoundationnepal.org), and we will distribute 100% of the funds accordingly based on the latest needs on the ground. Please donate generously and spread the word. We will continue to provide updates and information regarding the allocation of funds. Thank you all for your support.

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