News of Nepal’s devastating earthquake continues to roll in, and the death toll has climbed to nearly 4,000 with many affected areas still waiting for emergency services to reach them.
Vancouver’s Nepalese community has mobilized to raise awareness and provide relief. The Nepal Cultural Society of BC (NCSBC) has issued an appeal for help, encouraging Vancouverites to donate to the Canadian Red Cross relief effort, directly to NCSBC or to its dedicated indiegogo campaign to raise funds online.
In East Vancouver, Cafe Kathmandu has announced it will hold two dinner events with all proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross and Educate the Children International. The events will take place on Thursday, April 30 and Thursday, May 7.
Relief Efforts Mobilize
Relief organizations from around the world have mobilized to help Nepal. The Canadian government announced over the weekend that the country’s Disaster Assistance Response Team will be deployed to help with local efforts. On Monday morning, the government added $5 million in initial monetary relief , as well as supplies, including shelter, hygiene products and cooking items, to be collected from emergency stockpiles in Ontario and Dubai. Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson also announced the government will match donations for the next month.
“For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the earthquake from April 25 to May 25, the Canadian government will set aside $1 for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.”
Individual provinces are also pledging aid. Premier Brad Wall says Saskatchewan will donate $250,000 to the Canadian Red Cross and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says his government will provide $200,000 for immediate relief efforts.
Aid groups registered in Canada currently providing relief to Nepal:
- Doctors without Borders
- World Vision
- Plan Canada
- World Vision
- Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT)
- Lions Clubs International
- SOS Children’s Village
For those wishing to maximize their donations, the Canada revenue Agency provides a search engine for registered Canadian charities.