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How you can help with Nepal earthquake relief

Senior Airman Tavin Alford loaded a pallet with equipment and supplies for the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 69-member team is deploying to Nepal.EPA

A number of organizations are offering ways people can help Nepal to recover after Saturday’s deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake there, which killed over 4,000 people.

Oxfam America, an organization with the mission of creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice, is accepting donations online.

The group said its top priority is to help quake survivors get access to safe water, sanitation facilities, and proper food.

Oxfam is working with UNICEF to build a sanitation facility in Tudikhel to serve 1,500 to 2,000 people.

International Medical Corps, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives worldwide since 1984, created an online donation system, allowing people to donate from $5 to however much they want to give.

The organization is focused on providing supplies to medical personnel in Nepal.


“We are working against the clock to deliver lifesaving medicine, and other supplies to survivors of the earthquake,” the organization’s website said.

Donations to the organization are also going toward delivering hygiene kits and water purification tablets.

Handicap International is an independent organization working with poverty and disaster victims with a focus on helping those with disabilities.

The group uses its donations to work with hospitals and rehabilitation centers “to ensure they are prepared for the kinds of injuries people suffer during and after earthquakes,” the organization’s website said.

Mercy Corps, an organization with the goal of alleviating suffering, poverty, and oppression worldwide, is accepting donations through its website.

The money will go to “improving food security of vulnerable families, increasing opportunities for youth and women, and training communities to identify risks and better prepare for natural disasters.”

The group has over 90 workers in Nepal aiding victims and survivors.

Also PayPal has created a page that allows users to choose from a variety of organizations to support relief efforts, including Red Cross, Save the Children, and Habitat for Humanity.

Rebecca Fiore can be reached at rebecca.fiore@globe.com.