Updates continue to come in on a daily basis from Nepal. Many live in remote regions and have been cut off from communication, transportation, and relief efforts. It will be a long road to recovery of even the most basic needs.
In addition to international relief groups that accept donations, such as the IFRC (Red Cross), various fair traders have responded with additional ways to give directly to producers in rural areas.
Their individual responses, each with a way to help, are here:
Aid Through Trade‘s founder, Damian Jones, was in Nepal during the earthquake. He has since created a fund to provide immediate assistance to artisans and their families whose homes have been destroyed or are now unsafe. Their Nepal office will administer this fund, using the money to provide temporary shelter and repairs, to assist with medical care, and to help build new safer homes. Donate here: www.gofundme.com/aidthroughtrade
Cheppu Himal, in partnership with Global Purpose and Andaman Discoveries, has created a relief fund at www.wehelpnepal.org. The fund will support recovery initiatives and earthquake victims; Cheppu Himal is also donating a portion of proceeds from all sales to We Help Nepal.
Eternal Threads is raising funds for relief in Gorkha, at the epicenter of the earthquake. On behalf of the Nepalese government, Eternal Thread’s partner will be providing relief to 35,000 people who need tents, blankets, food and water. They will also be doing extensive building projects for homes in the area, all of which have been destroyed. Donate here (please choose “Program: Other” and write “Nepal Relief.”)
Fair Trade Group Nepal with assistance from its member organizations, partners, and supporters will aid in the earthquake disaster relief effective immediately. The aid will foremost be targeted towards Fair Trade producers and the affected areas, primarily – Sindhupalchowk, Bhaktapur, Nuwakot, Lalitpur, and Kathmandu. Read a message from Fair Trade Group Nepal here.
Ganesh Himal is collecting funds to rebuild the Baseri Health Clinic and surrounding village. Visit their website to learn more and get updates: https://ganeshhimaltrading.com/fair-trade-more/baseri-health-clinic/
Global Groove is collecting donations on its website, http://www.globalgroovelife.com/. Global Groove is working with the Kamana Foundation, and donor names will be printed in the newspaper Nepal Samarcharpatna.
Hamro Village has started a fund to help purchase building materials and support local rebuilding efforts. The Hamro team will assist directly in rebuilding efforts. Donate to the earthquake relief fund and get updates here: http://www.youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund/344085
JeevanKala is a subsidiary of Himalayan HealthCare, a 501(c)3 non-profit that has been providing healthcare, education and income-generation opportunities to remote villages in Nepal for 23 years. The villages they serve have been hard-hit by the recent earthquake and their team is currently providing food, clean water, shelter, medicines and emergency care to hard-to-reach communities in Dhading District. Learn more and make a donation at www.himalayanhealthcare.org.
SERRV works closely with four partners in Nepal and is still awaiting news from some artisans and their families, who may be unable to communicate due to widespread outages. In the meantime SERRV is collecting funds to support their artisan partners; donate online or call 1.800.422.5915.
Ten Thousand Villages is sending donations through their founding organization, the Mennonite Central Committee. MCC has staff on the ground in Kathmandu who are working with a network of grassroots organizations to get funds to communities and families in rural areas. Learn more here.