It’s not the kind of email you expect to receive on a Saturday morning and this one stopped all of us in our tracks. Sanjay Regmi, our Global Manager of Customer Support, sent out a brief message to assure us his family and friends back in Nepal had survived the devastating earthquake that occurred at 11.56 am local time on Saturday, April 25. Most of us were just waking up and had no idea the earthquake had even happened yet. Today, we know that thousands died, that tens of thousands are severely injured, and millions have no homes to return to.
We can’t imagine the horror of it all and the struggles the people in Nepal are going through. The personal connection with Sanjay just brings it home even further for our team. With this in mind, we’re stepping up to support those affected in Nepal and hope you will do the same.
Here are the charities, with an established presence on the ground, that we recommend:
- For those of you in Canada: The 1200 or so Nepalis in British Columbia have launched a fund raising campaign and they'd highly appreciate your contribution. Please use the following link to contribute:https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/disaster-relief-fund-nepal-earthquake-2015 The money collected is going to go to the Canadian Red Cross which will be matched by the Canadian government and several other organizations.
- For those of you in the States: Americares is an emergency response and global health organization. They have sent an emergency response team from their offices in Mumbai to Nepal and are "preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors."
- For those of you in the UK: Oxfam currently has “aid workers ... on the ground, preparing to launch a rapid response to ensure food and water reaches” survivors.
- And, of course, there is UNICEF. The United Nations program dedicated to helping children in developing countries, is currently “mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children” affected by the disaster, and is working to deliver water purification tablets, hygiene kits and nutrition supplies to those in need.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to consider helping the Nepali people. If you are able to join us in supporting them with a donation, we thank you as well.
The MediaValet team.