Global Washington Organizations Responding to the Earthquakes in Nepal

Direct Emergency Relief:

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles. Habitat’s disaster response teams are coordinating response operations with local government agencies and disaster relief partners, and will be assembling emergency shelter kits. Habitat for Humanity has worked in Nepal for 18 years and has helped tens of thousands of families in need of housing.

Medical Teams International: Medical Teams International (MTI) provides medical and dental care, humanitarian aid and holistic development programs to people in need. MTI’s emergency team will be stationed in the Dhading District, close to the epicenter of the earthquake where aid and medical assistance is scarce. The initial plan is to provide medical care to victims in remote communities by setting up mobile clinics and transporting those who need immediate care to capable medical facilities.

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is providing immediate relief in Nepal and is also planning for long-term reconstruction in the country. Over 100 Mercy Corp staff members are distributing emergency kits with water, medical supplies and tarps. They are also providing shelter and preemptive medical care to combat the threat of cholera and other diseases which often occur during monsoon season. Mercy Corps teams are searching for survivors in remote villages as well as rebuilding and restocking shops so that they can start selling goods again.

Oxfam America: Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, they work in over 90 countries. Working in Nepal for more than 20 years, Oxfam currently aims to reach at least 350,000 people hit by the earthquake, providing clean water, toilets and shelter. They aim to provide clean water to 16 open-air sites set up by the government of Nepal, to provide food and shelter, as well as to expand operations outside of Kathmandu.

Restless Development: Restless Development, through its large volunteer and alumni network, was able to immediately mobilise following the earthquake to deliver food, water and medicine and work with partners to establish temporary shelters. Since the earthquake, Restless Development has worked with communities and partners to establish 440 Temporary Learning Centers across seven affected Districts – Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Ramechap, Sinduli and Makwanpur. Each center consists of replacement school buildings, WASH facilities and psychosocial training on or close to the site of earthquake damaged government primary and secondary schools. This has helped 58,500 children to quickly return to school, supported by 420 trained community mobilisers.

Splash: Splash is an innovative social enterprise for sustainable water/hygiene services that are customized for kids in Asia and Africa. Before the earthquake, Splash was actively serving 96,148 children in Nepal, including 60% of Kathmandu’s public school students. Splash’s pre-existing technology and talent are proving to be uniquely valuable because water purification capacity at 149 schools — distributed around the city — can be leveraged in settings where they simply would not have otherwise existed.

UNICEF: The United Nations International Children Fund is on the ground in Nepal providing first-aid kits, water purification tablets, tarps and nutritional supplements to children and families affected by the earthquake. UNICEF is also airlifting multiple aid planes outfitted with 120 tons of humanitarian supplies each to Nepal. Until the planes arrive, UNICEF is providing tents and sanitation to prevent outbreaks of disease.

World Concern: World Concern is responding to remote communities in Nepal that were devastated by the earthquake on April 25. They’re providing emergency supplies to homeless and displaced families in Dhading District and additional areas as they become accessible. World Concern specializes in disaster response and development and is currently planning a longer term response focused on shelter, water, and child protection to help the people of Nepal rebuild their lives.

World Vision: World Vision is working with 43 local partners to target 100,000 people in places closest to the earthquake’s epicenter including: Bhaktapur, Gorkha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Lamjung. Teams are distributing pre-positioned tarps and blankets while they wait for relief supplies being airlifted from Dubai. The supplies being airlifted include: hygiene kits, cooking kits, mosquito nets, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, buckets and water purification tablets.

Other Supporting Relief Efforts:

The Adara Group: The Adara Group is involved in global health and education and the support and reintegration of children at risk. They are well-equipped to assist earthquake relief efforts as they have worked for nearly two decades in both Kathmandu and Humla developing health care services, education, community and infrastructure. The Adara Group is currently gathering donations to keep its local medical clinics open and available to the public, setting up healthcare camps and bringing in experienced medical personnel from neighboring countries.

The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation: The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation is fundraising to provide direct, on-the-ground help to victims in Nepal. They will be providing women and children with emergency blankets, tents, masks, water, food and first-aid supplies. With over ten years of experience empowering the underprivileged women of Nepal, the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation will be utilizing its extensive network on the ground in its aid efforts.

BuildOn: BuildOn works to give every child an opportunity to go to school. BuildOn is not directly helping the victims of the earthquake yet, but it has built 131 new schools in Nepal, 121 of which were built in rural areas where children did not have access to local schools.

Engineers without Borders: Engineers without Borders is a non-profit organization that designs engineering solutions for developing communities. In Nepal, the organization has helped the Nepalese government design a solution to a water contaminant caused by improperly disposed human waste on Mt. Everest. A team based out of Seattle designed the Biogas Digester system which properly disposes human waste in an environmentally friendly way.

Global Impact: Global Impact has set up the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund with contributions supporting the rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts of Global Impact charities that are responding in Nepal. Donations to the fund will provide people and communities in need with clean drinking water, food supplies, relief kits, necessary medical attention and safe shelter.

Healing the Children of Western Oregon and Washington: Healing the Children provides children in developing nations with access to the healthcare they deserve. While not on the ground in Nepal, the organization funds the Nepal Orthopedic Hospital and the Nepalgunj Orthopedic Hospital. Through collaborating with international partners, Healing the Children transports children to places where they can get medical attention not available to them.

Knowledge for People: Knowledge for People works to promote awareness and acceptance of autism in global communities where people with autism are marginalized. By collaborating with doctors, parents and teachers, Knowledge for People provides the support and information necessary to help those with autism to thrive.

Living Earth Institute: Living Earth Institute empowers communities to protect their health and environment through the sustainable use of water resources. The organization is fundraising for its partners on the ground in Nepal.

Orphans to Ambassadors: Orphans to Ambassadors reduces the cost of running orphanages by implementing sustainable practices. They have enhanced multiple Nepali orphanages including: Ashe Nepal Orphanage, Shakti Kendra Rehab Center and Sangharshashil Women’s Shelter in Kathmandu.

PSI: PSI provides lifesaving information, services and medication to impoverished communities around the globe. In Nepal, PSI specializes in programs dealing with contraception, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and safe water education. Since PSI is a preemptive organization, it is not directly aiding relief efforts in Nepal.

The Rose International Fund: The Rose International Fund aids disabled children in Nepal by providing them with medical assistance and a quality education. Through publications, the Rose International Fund raises awareness in the greater community, empowering Nepali children with disabilities.

For a visual of our 27 member organizations working in Nepal, please view our Member Map.