How to help the people of Nepal right now
The world is rallying to help the people of Nepal following last weeks massive, devastating earthquake. The scenes of destruction and loss from that nation are absolutely heartbreaking. Thousands have perished, thousands more were injured, and UNICEF reports that nearly 1 million children are severely affected.
The best way to help is by donating money for supplies such as food, shelter and medicine. These supplies are urgently needed. Consider setting up an ongoing monthly donation it will take a long time to repair the damage and heal injured bodies.
Where to Donate
Here are four places that list of reputable relief organizations currently on the ground in Nepal:
A list of organizations collecting funds to aid victims
New York Times
Nepal Earthquake: Where to Donate
- How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake
How to help
Parent.co donated to the Red Cross. Note that the donation page for the Nepal Red Cross Society
is currently offline. However, the American Red Cross
is working with them to coordinate support. Select Nepal Earthquake Relief on their donation page
Its also possible to dedicate time at your computer to help. Quartz has a great list outlining the options here
Tips on Talking to Kids About Difficult News
Here are some tips about how to discuss difficult or scary news and events with kids from Teachingkidsnews.com
Another article from Time Magazine: It can be scarier not to talk about them.
also offers great advice on this subject.
Getting Kids Involved
Many kids will want to get involved in helping the people of Nepal. For example, Leo (below) had a bake sale in his front yard to raise money for UNICEF.
Its appropriate to encourage kids in these activities. They encourage values of compassion, empathy and charity. Research shows that kids that have at least one parent that volunteers time and money are more likely to do so themselves.
Our friend Leo had a bake sale to raise money for Nepal.