As you've probably seen on the news, it has been a month since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. A second, 7.3-magnitude tremor hit just a couple weeks ago, as well, on May 12. The devastation has been widespread—including nearly 9,000 lives lost—and the nation has called for more funding.
You can donate directly to benefit relief efforts via one of the vetted organizations on this list provided by the Better Business Bureau, and I also wanted to share a little roundup of organizations and businesses that are donating some or all of their profits to Nepal, as well.
Ten Thousand Villages
I can't tell you how many hours of my high school and college summers were spent volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit organization that benefits artisans around the world. I just love what they do and how they do it.
On Friday, May 29, they'll donate 10% of total sales to the Mennonite Central Committee's disaster relief fund for Nepal (MCC is approved by BBB). Ten Thousand Villages also works with nine different artisan groups based in Nepal. All sales directly support the group and, as a result, the country itself.
Etsy is known for its handcrafted goods and vintage doodads, but it's also a great place to go if you want to make your dollar count. Numerous sellers donate partial or full proceeds to various philanthropic organizations. My biggest piece of advice is to make sure it's a reputable seller and, if you have any questions, contact the seller directly.
Bead Relief is pretty rad for two reasons. One, they make some lovely stuff. Two, 25% of all their proceeds go to a charitable organization. You choose an item based on either the organization or your personal taste in jewelry.
Right now, their Imperial Jasper bracelet, below, will benefit Action Against Hungers relief effort in Nepal. The bracelets are handmade.
- Please share any retailers you know of that are also donating to Nepal relief efforts!
- How do you feel about donating via a purchase? Would you rather just give outright, or does this incentivize you more?