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Over the last few days, many people have been witnessing news coverage of the devastation and tragedy in Nepal and all the neighboring countries that were rattled by the earthquake this weekend. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake has killed more than 1,400 people and left countless others displaced. If you are able to and want to contribute to causes that are providing disaster relief, it is important to find a charity that has an established presence and will provide the most support possible to Nepal.

Below are several nonprofits that say they will provide relief in Nepal and have a three or four star rating (out of four) from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is one of the leading resources for evaluating the work of nonprofits, and is good at effectively measuring the impact of charities in situations like these.

AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organization. The nonprofit has sent its emergency response team from its offices in Mumbai to Nepal and are prepping shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors. You can donate online to the AmeriCares disaster relief fund.

Catholic Relief Services is an international humanitarian agency for the Catholic Church in the United States. They have field offices in Nepal and have started their relief effort by “procuring emergency relief materials such as tarpaulins/shelter kids and water, sanitation and hygiene material.”

Direct Relief is a nonprofit that specializes in providing international medical assistance. It is in the process of coordinating with local partners in Nepal and will focus its relief efforts on the “valley around Kathmandu, where medical facilities are overflowing with patients seeking care.”

Save the Children is an international NGO that is dedicated to promoting children’s rights and providing relief and support to children in developing countries. It has set up a Nepal fund to “protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families.”

For a list of even more charities that are doing important work to support Nepal, check out this compilation from New York’s PIX11.

 

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