Mother Nature unleashed two massive earthquakes in under a month in Nepal. We’ve seen and heard about the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 26 and another 7.3-magnitude quake that hit yet again yesterday. It will take an effort of massive proportions to help this beautiful nation and it’s people to recover and rebuild.
So what can you do? Check your favorite social network or crowd funding site and donate – it’s that easy. The reason? The same social media sites you use to post a selfie or crowdfunding websites you use to help fund your latest innovative tech gadget are now using their popularity in truly impactful ways to aid relief efforts in Nepal. Here are a few ways social media sites like Instagram and crowdfunding campaigns like Indiegogo, are making a difference for Nepal – one post at a time.
Photo: Nepal Photo Project
According to TIME, on April 26, a few hours after the earthquake hit, a small community of photographers in Nepal and India, led by writer Tara Bedi and photographer Sumit Dayal, joined together to put out credible and useful information from people they know and trust, all under one banner called The Nepal Photo Project, launched on Instagram and Facebook. The posts describing the photos, as well as the photos themselves, are some of the most heart wrenching, disturbing, and even inspirational footage surrounding the devastation to date.
Photo: The Nepal Photo Project
According to Tara Bedi,
“It [The Nepal Photo Project] should communicate something purposeful or meaningful be it the damage and devastation, links to reliable fundraising campaigns, photographs of missing people so they can be circulated as widely as possible, coverage of rescue and relief operations, citizen volunteer initiatives, links to resources or other relevant articles and images.”
This year, Twitter is now taking cues from users in the relief community and promoting the hashtag #NepalQuakeRelief and linking it to @InCrisisRelief. InCrisisRelief is a citizens-led effort to help disaster relief coordination by Team V.O.I.C.E. (Volunteers Online for Impact in Crisis and Emergencies).
Mark Zuckeberg posted this campaign to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake and every dollar donated was matched by Facebook – up to 2 million. The campaign has already reached its goal. But followers are still encouraged to donate to the International Medical Corps, a reputable organization that assists survivors of Nepal’s earthquake with lifesaving medical supplies and care. With Nepal’s second earthquake, maybe Zuckerberg will do it again, he’s got the cash right?
Indiegogo.com, the popular international social crowdfunding website, has organized 146 campaigns, 18.3K funders and 1.65M funds raised for Nepal’s relief efforts all under one banner – Indiegogo Life Nepal Relief Fundraisers, and they’re just getting started. Indiegogo Life is a free platform for users to raise money for themselves or a charity of their choice.
CrowdRise allows users to raise money online for personal causes and fundraise for charity. They have a page devoted entirely for Nepal earthquake relief efforts. The leading charity of the moment? Fundraisers Prabal Gurung and Shikshya’s page has raised over $564k with $20,000 already allocated for immediate relief assistance to the Nepal Red Cross Society and the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Center.
When donating, always make sure that your funds are going to a reputable non-profit agency.
Featured Photo: International Human Rights Forum