On April 25th, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal about 50 miles from the nation's capital and largest city, Kathmandu. The quake destroyed homes, buildings and infrastructure. The death toll exceeds 7,000 and more than 14,000 are reported injured. Rescue teams predict that the number of causalities will increase as they reach the surrounding remote villages... It's time to give and every little bit helps!

We're proud to announce that 50% of net proceeds from all bags purchased at ethnotek.com from now until May 29th will go to Nepalese disaster relief through GlobalGiving.

GlobalGiving is a well accredited charity fundraising website that has set up a fund specifically for Nepal relief efforts. The money collected will go to help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts, which is one of the main reasons why we chose GlobalGiving. Phase one of a natural disaster is usually the phase weeks after when the affected area receives the most attention, but the most important and needed work is in phase two, months and years after the disaster... After the media has focused it's attention on other news and the tragic event fades in the public memory, follow-through in phase two is THE crucial period in which rebuilding communities in a sustainable and culturally sensitive manner should take place.

GlobalGiving has a four-star rating by Charity Navigator, has a top rating by the Better Business Bureau and scored 100 points out of 100 for accountability and transparency.

Your donation will initially support a mix of partners that have a specific expertise in emergency first response after disasters, such as International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and Mercy Corps.

Your donation will also support local organizations doing community-based work that is vital - but often overlooked - after a disaster in phase two support, such as:

  • Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness, an award-winning Nepali organization founded in 1987 that is providing safe clean water to earthquake survivors.  
  • Ama Ghar, a home for orphaned and abandoned children just outside of Kathmandu.  It was founded by Shrawan Nepali, who spent part of his childhood at the Paropokar orphanage in Kathmandu and later went on to complete his education in the United States.  Your funds will be used to repair the damage to the home and provide emergency supplies for the children.
  • Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization that has provided cataracts surgery in Nepal since 1994 and is currently providing treatment to earthquake victims suffering from eye trauma and other injuries.
  • Empower Dalit Women of Nepal, a group that has worked with Dalit women in Nepal for more than 15 years, will provide rebuilding funds to women’s groups in rural Gorkha communities to replace homes, livestock, and harvests lost during the earthquake.

"What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The earthquake between Kathmandu and Pokhara has caused extensive damage in Nepal. Several of our international partners need help responding to survivors' immediate needs, and our local nonprofit partners have also asked for help in funding their relief and recovery efforts on the ground. "We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now," said Information Minister Minendra Rijal.

How will this project solve this problem?

All donations to this fund will support earthquake recovery and relief efforts in Nepal. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.

Potential Long Term Impact

We believe that organizations that are deeply-rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future disasters. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors and subscribers.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,210,541
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $289,459
Total Funding Goal: $2,500,000

Over 24,000 do-gooders such as yourself have donated to this project and GlobalGiving has almost fully achieved the goal of $2.5 million to this relief effort.... So buy a bag today and help us push this project forward! Not only does your purchase put money behind the right people that can truly make a difference on the ground in Nepal, it sustains employment for our artisan weavers around the globe AND you get a great bag out of it. That's what we call a triple-win for GOOD!

On May 29th, Ethnotek will pool together the proceeds from this campaign and donate them in a single happy lump-sum to GlobalGiving. Upon receiving our follow-up from GlobalGiving we will relay it on to you fantastic people via our Tribe newsletter so you can have a transparent view into the good your money is doing in Nepal. If you haven't subscribed, be sure to do so HERE.

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If you want to donate more or find another charity to support, we suggest visiting the Charity Navigator to find the right fit for you. We also recommend the vetted organizations noted below.

AmeriCares

AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organization. They have sent an emergency response team from their offices in Mumbai to Nepal and are "preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors."

CARE

CARE describes itself as a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. It has a long-established presence in Nepal, and told USA Today that it was “coordinating with other agencies to assist up to 75,000 people.” 

Direct Relief

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.”

International Relief Teams

International Relief Teams is a humanitarian organization that specializes in disaster relief, and also has a four-star rating. They have “ordered a shipment of emergency medicines to be airlifted to Nepal as soon as possible,” as part of their initial response.  

Operation USA

Operation USA, an LA-based international relief agency, has had operations in Nepal since the mid-1980s and has a four-star rating on Charity Navigator.

“We are arranging to send replacement equipment to hospitals in Nepal to restore capacity as soon as possible,” Richard Walden, CEO of  Operation USA said in a statement. “Donations, especially bulk in-kind materials from corporate partners, are critical at this time — not only to deliver aid quickly, but also to ensure a long-term commitment to the people of Nepal who face a long and challenging road ahead as they pick up the pieces in the earthquake’s aftermath.”

Save the Children

Save the Children is an international NGO 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.” Ten percent of the funds collected will go to prepare for the next disaster.

Seva Foundation

The Seva Foundation is a US-based nonprofit known for its work treating blindness. It has a long-running presence in Nepal and has set up an emergency relief fund.

UNICEF

The United Nation program dedicated to helping children in developing countries, is currently “mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children” affected by the disaster, and is working to deliver water purification tablets, hygiene kits and nutrition supplies to those in need.

Oxfam

A confederation of NGOs, currently has “aid workers ... on the ground, preparing to launch a rapid response to ensure food and water reaches” survivors, according to its site.

"We are focusing on providing clean water and sanitation to thousands of those affected," says Lauren Hartnett, the Humanitarian Press Officer for Oxfam America. "These services are vital for basic health and also prevent the potential second crisis of illnesses like cholera and diarrhea."

Handicap International

Is a four-star charity that works with people with disabilities and vulnerable populations. They maintain a staff of 50 in Nepal and have sent an additional emergency team from their headquarters. Molly Feltner, spokesperson for Handicap International US, said the team will set up units in hospitals and provide post-surgery rehabilitation to injured people, working in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons. They will also provide equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and splints.

“We will make sure patients have food and we will provide psychological counseling,” Felter said. Their appeal for donations for Nepal can be found here.