The devastation of the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday has seen an ever-mounting death toll and the impending urgency of rebuilding the worst hit areas, both in the capital Kathmandu as well as in remote regions near the earthquake's epicenter. The international media's sustained attention on Nepal has seen donations from all over the world pour in, but lest the sheer number of charities that have rushed forward to collect contributions for Nepal puzzles you, there's a neat Indiegogo page that shows Nepal earthquake charity campaigns on the crowdsourcing website that you might want to donate to.
The page, dubbed "Nepal Relief Fundraisers," features 36 separate campaigns dedicated to providing financial aid and relief to Nepal. Some, like the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, have garnered about $300,000 in donations of its intended $500,000 mark. According to Crowdfund Insider, the website's landing page for Nepal relief campaigns highlighted the top fundraisers among more than 140 of them on Indiegogo. The "Nepal Relief Fundraisers" helps those interested in contributing across the world to "easily chose how they want to donate." It added:
So far through Indiegogo, 6,600 contributors from 80 countries and territories have raised more than $460,000 to help the victims of the earthquake.
Some of the Indiegogo campaigns are geared towards specific aid, such as to provide hunger and food assistance or accommodations and medical tents giving temporary shelter to those displaced by the disaster. Others like "Israeli Relief to Nepal-Tevel" and "Entrepreneurs, Hackers & Artists for Nepal" are community-based, targeting contributors from a specific group. Many of the campaigns include updates of how the money is being used and the situation in Nepal — which, needless to say, is dire.
On Wednesday, aid reportedly began reaching rural areas of the Kathmandu Valley, Dhading and Gorkha, near the earthquake's epicenter. BBC News also reported that people are rushing to leave the capital as the fear of aftershocks persist. However, relief efforts are less efficient than many need them to be — some remote villages have yet to receive any food or medicine.
Assistance provided in the immediate aftermath of the disaster is likely the most urgent of all. Center for Global Development fellow Vijaya Ramachandran said past disasters indicated to NPR that:
The aid that comes in within the first weeks and even months is of a life-saving nature. That's the period when the local capacity is almost zero. So outside help is really important.
On Thursday, the death toll from the earthquake reached 5,844, with an estimated 11,538 people injured. Scores more remain trapped under the rubble.
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