For now, what we are hearing from all of our connections in Nepal is that the great and urgent need is that of funding for the basic needs of food, water, and shelter.
Below are three community-based organizations we LOVE – all committed to the people of Nepal (on the ground now and long-term).
There are times when giving, when charity, makes sense. Consider a giving to one of these organizations in honor of someone you love for a powerful graduation, birthday, anniversary, or memorial gift.
We trust and have deep connections with each of these organizations. All are committed to bringing immediate relief to the people of Nepal – more info about each below.
- Udaya & Bhakti Bhatta | Food, Water, Shelter – Kathmandu
- Mountain Child | Relief to Remote & Unreached Villages
- EmBOLDen Alliances | Emergency Medical Relief & Building Partnerships
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1. Udaya & Bhakti Bhatta | Food, Water, Shelter – Kathmandu
Quick glance: This is emergency relief work that is as grassroots as it gets. This community is in need of funds for food, supplies, and repairing damage to homes in their community. Bhakti & Udaya (pictured above, seated) and their 27 adopted children live in Kathmandu and they are deeply committed to supporting their community, having set up an earthquake relief committee and tent in their neighborhood.
Seeds of Exchange connection: Bhakti & Udaya are our friends with whom we partnered during our trip to Nepal in Feb/March. We deeply love, respect, are inspired by their work.
Transparency: Tax-deductible and 100% of the funds will be wired directly to Udaya who will distribute it, along with the committee set up by his community. They will provide specific records as to how funds are spent as well as before and after pictures. Faith-based with a deep compassionate commitment to love, support, and assist people of all faiths and walks of life.
Please click here for a link to Platt Park Church, then select the box “choose account” under the heading “giving details” and scroll down to the bottom of the list of possible designations and click on “Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund” – Important Note: there is another designation, “Nepal”, which is for other projects.
2. Mountain Child | Relief to Remote & Unreached Villages
Quick glance: MountainChild has been operating in the remote villages of Nepal since 2000 with a powerful scope of focus on humanitarian work: health/clean water & medicine, education, trafficking, child labor, environmental issues that affect health & growth. They have been purposefully working in the remote communities in rural Nepal destroyed by the earthquake and have been coordinating relief efforts in these devastated areas.
Click here to donate or text your gift amount and the word RELIEF to (210)625-5986 (e.g. $50 RELIEF).
Seeds of Exchange connection: We recently had the joy of connecting with the extraordinary Josh Duncan, USA National Director of Operations for Mountain Child. Right away, we were struck by the history of the organization (15 years) and its extraordinary capacity and vision for working among impoverished children facing severe challenges in the Himalayas.
Transparency: US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization/funds are tax-deductible, not faith-based.
3. EmBOLDen Alliances | Emergency Medical Relief & Building Partnerships
Quick glance: Your donation to emBOLDen Alliances will help get critical medical care and long-term rebuilding support to the areas in Nepal that need it most. emBOLDen’s goal is to improve the lives of vulnerable communities through collaborative partnerships that embolden the quality and impact of service. They have teams on the ground currently in Nepal, and are also instrumental in helping coordinate the distribution of fund and personnel to the hardest hit – and least served – areas.
Click here to donate to emBOLDen & then click on “Sarah Davison-Tracy/Seeds of Exchange” – all funds will go to emBOLDen. While there, check out and join this incredible social media fundraising campaign for Nepal / Help Carry the Load [it’s very, very cool!].
Seeds of Exchange connection: Neena Jain is the founder and Executive Director of emBOLDen Alliances and has been a dear friend for many years. She is an international medicine doc and deeply committed to building collaborations to support communities for such a time as this.
Transparency: US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization/funds are tax-deductible.