Want to share information? Click here to anonymously submit information/requests/news to nepalquake.

Looking for data?  Click here for the Informal Survey of Roadside Infrastructure around Kathmandu. And here for satellite imagery, and here for lots more data.

How can you help? Click here if you want to find out where to send money, where to volunteer or are otherwise seeking guidance on how to get involved in the recovery effort through various organizations that are already working there.

Where can you find help? Click here if you want to find out what is available to you (money, equipment, supplies, blood etc.) because you are in Nepal, or coordinating assistance in Nepal.

Who is helping now? Click here if you want to search our database of efforts already underway, and the organizations doing it.

Contact us at faq@nepalquake.org

How can I help?

The Short Version

There are several ways to help.  Please consider helping student volunteers complete the very important job of rapidly assessing damaged homes.

You can donate money to organizations already involved in earthquake relief and recovery efforts. (Please remember that we make a good faith effort to verify the information, but you should of course use your own common sense). You can fundraise as an individual or as a group. For online volunteering, there are various venues such as the Youth Opportunities. If you are not in Nepal already, we don’t suggest that you go unless it is essential for what you want to do. Click here to learn why.

Sending Materials

Sending money is recommended over sending stuff. Even if you send items listed under emergency kits, such as medicines and dry foods, it is complicated to get the materials into the country and through customs in an already overtaxed airport in Nepal. This is why.

Donate

Decide how much you can give and divide it into two sums: one  for short-term relief and the other for long-term recovery. Although immediate relief is needed, there needs to be a continuous and long-term effort. Think about whether you want to support an international or local organization; an organization focused on a certain district or the whole country; and/or organizations with a long history of work in Nepal and with previous experience in disaster relief or rebuilding. You can use this link to learn more about these organizations: just use the sort function on the spreadsheet. This site also provides a ranking of donors (nepalquake.org does not endorse either the ranking or the fund – you should do your own research).  We are working on presenting this information with an easier interface. Below we have provided examples of few organizations working on short-term relief based on the reports from the ground.

For short term efforts, you can donate to:

(a) an international organization with long history of disaster management in the country and wide network like Red Cross, Doctors without Borders. However, these organizations have large overhead and may not continue to work in the long term.

(b) Smaller non-governmental and grassroots organizations who are not as well known internationally BUT your money might be more targeted (such as for building toilets), and might reach faster. Examples are the American Nepal Medical Foundation; Bibeksheel nepali, Help Nepal Network.

America Nepal Medical Foundation: Bijay and his team have developed a facility needs assessment and are sending supplies to hospitals in and out of Kathmandu, and coordinating physicians. They have established a supply chain between India and Nepal that they are using to transfer medical supplies and tents. Colleagues from the Harvard Medical School and MIT are closely involved with these efforts.

Help Nepal Network: Works across health and education and has an active network across all 75 districts in Nepal. Their efforts for disaster relief will form part of their larger goal of strengthening the health and education sectors in Nepal.

Bibeksheel Nepali: A grassroots organization working with volunteers in Nepal to provide medical and relief materials within Kathmandu and affected districts. Donate through link to SEBS donation page and choose Bibeksheel Nepali as recipients.

(c) Personal connections:  You can send money directly to people you know in affected areas. At this point, money transfers like Western Union are more efficient than bank transfers. Western Union has waived fee.

(d) Individual crowdsourced fundraisers: Although these campaigns are set up with good intentions, be aware of issues such as the high platform fees, credit card fees. This is the portion of your money that does not go to Nepal, but is charged by the organization transferring your money. Crowdfunding sites in particular often charge a fairly large fee. Also check the credibility of the fundraisers and inquire about the recipients and accountability of these funds. Here are the list of the individual fundraisers under the “Individual Campaigns” tab.

  1. Long-term efforts

It is important to pay attention to these issues when deciding to donate to either governmental, international or grassroots / local organizations.

Anatomy of disaster response:
While the first instinct among everyone abroad and far away is to help, there is often a pattern in how the government and international community together respond to a disaster. Understanding the anatomy of disaster response will prepare us to think about the long-term recovery and how we can contribute next. Click here to read more.
Recommendations from a disaster response specialist:
While we are eager to help at this moment, everyone is focused on the earthquake at the moment, but only some of us will care about it in a week’s time and stay tuned in the months and even years to come. Here are some recommendations from a disaster response specialist who has been involved in disaster response in multiple contexts to Nepalis who want to think about long-term recovery. Click here to read more.

The primary way to support government efforts is to donate to the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is allocated by a committee consisting of senior bureaucrats in the Government of Nepal under the Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission wherever it is required. The Prime Minister does not have discretion over it.

(*) If you know of an organization we didn’t include, please fill out this form. The list is based on another list that was circulated, but whose authors we could not get in touch with.

Fundraising

There has been independent efforts to fund-raise either by crowdsourcing or working with groups (e.g. student groups). Please consider these issues before deciding on starting fundraising campaign. We will be updating information on this so please keep on checking for information.

  1. Individuals raising funds can be taxed heavily
  2. Crowdsource platforms will charge a heavy fee in addition to the 3% processing fee
  3. Transferring money to be Nepal is a complicated process.
    • You need to be careful of the Patriot Act because you cannot transfer more than $10,000.
    • The best way is to have connection to a 501(3)(c) NGO which works in U.S. with a sister organization already working in Nepal.
    • Even for a NGO, there is a limit on the amount of money you can spend based on earlier budget and have to apply for a IRS waiver for sending money.
    • Nepal has its own hard currency import rules. Different banks have different limits of how much you can accept and transfer. This needs to be taken into account as well.

 

Informal Survey of Roadside Infrastructure around Kathmandu

This map is now complete and the data has been accepted by the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority. Our team thereby has finished performing systematic sweeps of key public infrastructure around Kathmandu. If you would like the data, for further processing, classification or interpretation, please contact us. It is freely available. Click here for our copyright policy. This project was coded by Anurodh Pokharel, pictures taken by Shyam Gnawali, and coordinated by Omprakash Gnawali and Atul Pokharel. Ajaya Budathoki, Ayush Pokharel and Victor Shnayder provided additional support.

Please note: this is not crowdsourced, and so if a location is not marked then it did not have visible damage at the time of the survey (April 27th-April 28th, 2015 NST). Continue reading Informal Survey of Roadside Infrastructure around Kathmandu

About nepalquake.org

Our objective is to augment and otherwise supplement efforts already underway, with a particular focus on supporting government efforts at least until the end of May, 2015.

If you are interested in contributing, we want to help you answer the following questions

  • What is being done already?
  • What can I do to help?
  • How can I make sense of all the options?

If you are engaged in the relief effort already, we want to help you answer the following questions

  • Who is doing what?
  • Who are the key contacts at these other efforts?
  • What needs to be done?

We are compiling three sources of data for use beyond the initial response effort, which will be freely available for public use:

  1. All the reports and information that people and agencies have posted on various platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and sites (Government of Nepal, UNDP, etc) that we know about.
  2. Geotagged images of damaged public infrastructure, or damage to private infrastructure which interferes with the functioning of public infrastructure around Kathmandu.
  3. All funds and charities as well as what they are working on that we know about. This includes information about their efforts as we receive it.

Who are we?

If you would like to join our effort or comment on what we are doing, please email admin@nepalquake.org .

Where we have been featured in the media.

 

Nepal Earthquake 2015

Dear Readers,

On April 25, 2015 an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 (on the Richter Scale) occurred in Nepal. This site is to help collect, map and coordinate the many efforts that are ongoing in response.

There is a large group of us working in the background to update this site. As you can imagine our energies are spread thin with our families and friends in Nepal. You can contact us at (443) 475-0665 for any immediate media inquiries, or email admin@nepalquake.org if you would like to volunteer with our efforts at nepalquake.org

Click here for a very usable list if you are considering donating (we do not maintain this list).

nepalquake.org Team

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nepalquake.org Copyright Policy

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This applies to images that we have taken as part of our survey of infrastructure. All images that are displayed on a domain other than nepalquake.org should be accompanied by the following text:

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Why do we have a copyright policy?

We would love not to have it and simply provide this to the public domain instead. However, nepalquake.org is a group of volunteers who have put significant effort into this work. In order to recoup costs, our work will need to be recognized as having been done by us. After all, surveying is not free, gas is not free, bandwidth is not free and labor is not free either. We have contributed whatever we could, including the labor and expertise part, but we will probably need to recover other monetary costs as they grow.  We also want the other parts of the website to also be recognized, and our copyright policy is written towards that end. If you have questions or comments, please email admin@nepalquake.org