Nepal's biggest earthquake in more than 80 years struck the country last week, killing more than 3,000 people and destroying historic buildings. The world is currently in shock over the tragedy, but now is the time to take action.
According to the BBC, a 7.8 magnitude quake hit central Nepal, resulting in destruction in that country as well as India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest. The government has issued a state of emergency, and aid is beginning to pour in from the likes of the U.S., the UK and France. We're still learning about the extent of the tragedy, but, in the meantime, you can help make a difference.
Here are a few resources you can turn to now if you want to help:
Help keep the children and families of Nepal safe and donate $50, $100, $250, $500 or any amount you can to UNICEF.
Save the Children also provides aid to families in Nepal from your donations.
The International Medical Corps are on the ground providing supplies and care to victims of the earthquake. Donate now to help their cause.
Provide food, clean water and sanitation to the people of Nepal by donating to Oxfam.
CARE teams are currently on the ground offering disaster relief. Help them out with their quest to provide food, water and shelter by making a donation.
Direct Relief is currently providing emergency medical care to victims of the quake. Help them out here.
This crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $60,000 for recovery efforts in Nepal. Help them reach their $1 million goal.
World Vision is sending help and supplies, thanks to your donations.
Another crowdfunding campaign, this effort has thus far raised nearly $40,000 for RedCross Nepal and other relief agencies. Help them continue to do good.
Habitat For Humanity is currently helping survivors find homes. Help them out here.
Make sure to check in with friends and family who might be in the area. Facebook has a "Safety Check" feature that allows friends in affected areas to check in and let loved ones know that they're OK.