Nepal's Kathmandu Valley has been devastated by the worst earthquake the country has seen in more than 80 years. The death toll is over 4000 and rising. We (the publishers of Lion's Roar, Shambhala Sun, and Buddhadharma) offer this list of donation-worthy organizations doing vital aid work following the earthquake:
The disaster relief organization AmeriCares has announced that it is deploying an emergency response team in Nepal, reporting that it leverages every dollar of donations into $20 in aid. Click here to donate.
California-based humanitarian organization Direct Relief has pledged financial and medical resources to relief efforts in Nepal, and is inviting donations. Since 2008, Direct Relief has delivered $1,000,000 worth of medicines and supplies to organizations in Nepal. The organization states that 100% of donations will be used for relief efforts in Nepal, not for general support or other program activities. Click here to donate.
Karuna Shechen is a humanitarian organization that was founded by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard in 2000. It has announced that all donations the organization receives for the next 30 days will be directed towards earthquake relief efforts. Click here to donate.
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Nepali teacher Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche has also announced the creation of a relief fund, focused on first aid relief, food, water, shelter, and reconstruction. Volunteers at Rinpoche's Nepali monasteries have been providing first aid to earthquake victims. "Any help at all will greatly benefit the cause." Click here to donate.
Save the Children
Save The Children, founded in 1919, supports children around the world through education, health care, development, and emergency aid relief. The organization has worked in Nepal since 1976. It has announced the Nepal Earthquake Children's Relief Fund, to provide relief for children and families, with 10% of donations going towards preparation for the next natural emergency. Click here to donate.
Seva works to prevent and restore blindness in the developing world. Having worked in Nepal since 1978, the organizations has announced the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, with 100% of donations go ingtowards support for earthquake victims. Click here to donate.
Oxfam Australia and Unicef have information on how you can help by donating to their organizations. Check back to this post on Lion's Roar, which we will continue to update with more organizations as we find them.
Other ways to help
Tara Mandala Retreat Center has started a campaign of 100,000 Green Tara mantras for the benefit of the earthquake victims. You can find a brief instruction on their Facebook page. After the earthquake in Haiti, we shared Judy Lief's tonglen instruction, to help transform the victims' suffering into compassion. That instruction is every bit as relevant today. You can also share this information on social media to let others know how they can help: