I’ve noticed on the hourly news, the Nepal Earthquake news items tend to not really focus on the good news stories that demonstrate the determination of the Nepalese to survive, their innovation & creativity in solving problems with so few resources, and their sense of community and caring for one another.
Don’t get me wrong, the situation is dire – what is now 5 days after the quake (Nepal time), people continue to live in tents or under tarps in any open area as I write this. There is an immediate need for shelter, food, water and basic hygiene supplies. Hospitals need more medical professionals and medical supplies and equipment.
There is a huge need for international support, so keep your donations coming and ensure they are directed to the right organizations that are providing tangible help to the Nepalese. A few things I consider when donating:
- Donate cash. Supplies are available locally and are cheaper in Nepal than in the western world.
- Spending locally means supporting the local economy when it needs it most.
- Donate to an organization you are familiar with and trust that the money you donate is spent locally and as intended.
- Always ask what the cost of administration is.
While international support is critical, the Nepalese are also taking many steps to improve their lot. These are a few examples that I have come across today on social media:
It makes me proud to call many of these unsung heros, my friends.