Nepal earthquake: How to help

In the aftermath of the worst earthquake to strike Nepal in eight decades, here are some organizations who have long had a presence in the Himalayan country who have a proven capacity for providing disaster relief. 

The death toll from Nepal's earthquake has surpassed 2,500 people, with thousands more injured. As Monitor correspondent Bikash Sangraula reports from Katmandu, the ground continues to tremble.

Nepal's government is struggling to provide clean water, food, and shelter, and healthcare to those affected, but international humanitarian organizations will play a critical role in helping this impoverished Himalayan nation recover from the worst earthquake in more than eight decades.

Here is a list of five relief organizations with extensive experience in Nepal and a proven track record of providing aid following disasters.

Save the Children 
The venerable children's rights organization Save the Children has been operating in Nepal since 1976. Donations will go primarily to protecting children and their families, with ten percent being set aside for the next disaster, wherever that may be.

Oxfam currently has teams on the ground assessing humanitarian needs, and they are preparing to send experts with water sanitization equipment and emergency food supplies.

CARE has worked in Nepal since 1978 and has a long track record of helping people in the aftermath of disasters. Donations will help bring food, water, toilets, and shelters to earthquake's victims. 

The United Nations Children’s Fund is mobilizing to provide water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, and nutrition supplies to children affected by the earthquake. To donate $10 to their efforts, text, "Nepal" to  864-233.

Habitat for Humanity
The Christian housing ministry, which provides people around the world with decent and affordable houses, has been operating in Nepal for 18 years. Donations will help bring disaster relief and emergency shelters to victims.

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