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I have received numerous enquiries about how to donate effectively for Nepali earthquake relief.

A reputation of aid theft unfortunately exists in Nepal, starting with the previous royal family & continuing with politicians so I encourage making donations to smaller local relief efforts who work more directly within affected communities instead of to larger institutional charities.

There are many good charities operating in Nepal but I recommend the following three options for modest personal donations. Further details on each are provided below

 

1. Sindhupalchok relief fund.
(supporting a severely affected rural area surrounding Kathmandu)
 
2. GDAP - Gwahali (help) for Differently Abled People
(supporting a blind children's orphanage in north west Kathmandu)
 
3. Nepal Youth Foundation
(a high quality US led charitable organisation with 25 years local experience and extensive support programs throughout Nepal)
 
 
Two of the above organisations are small, localised efforts & the third is a mid sized but very well established organisation operating in Nepal for 25 years with excellent governance including audited, published financial and operational reports. Donating to any of these three will help funds reach those who need it most rather than covering the costs of charitable beaurocracy or ending up in government slush funds.

I do not recommend large initial donations. Instead, make smaller donations and consider repeat donations if you are satisfied with the information we provide back to you. Relief efforts are likely to be needed for some time. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss at gregl@mydba.com. If I do not respond immediately whilst I travel within Nepal, please contact MyDBA's CFO Jane Li at janel@mydba.com.. 
 
Donating directly into bank accounts of Nepali organisations carries the duplicated extra costs of international money transfers and also complications of withdrawal from the banks in remote areas. I am providing use of a personal banking facility to collect funds donated in Australia to minimise bank transfer fees and also provide smooth access to the funds for local co-ordinators. Summaries of how funds are spent will be provided to those who donate to the first two funds and also provide contact information along with the donations via email or sms. Please donate non-rounded amounts to assist wiith reconciliation.
 
All of us at MyDBA thank anybody who supports these local relief efforts or other relief funds.
 
1. Sindhupalchok relief fund.

Sindhulpalchok is the rural area surrounding Kathmandu's north / east boundary & is one of the worst hit areas by the earthquakes. At least 1900 are already confirmed dead and thousands more remaining missing in this area. Huge numbers of homes have been destroyed and steep terrain makes much of the area inaccessible, slowing delivery of aid.

Bharat Shrestha is the UN's main LGBT person in Nepal & is a first cousin of the family who accommodates me in Kathmandu. Bharat has travelled to Sindhulpalchok's district headquarters Chautara village where he remains and has called for financial assistance to support local relief efforts. Bharat will use whatever funds are available for local purposes including provision of food, water, shelter & medical needs.

More on Bharat:

MyDBA's Kathmandu business manager Sabita Shrestha has also travelled with Bharat to Sindulpalchok to assist with his relief work.

Donations can be made from Australia to my personal bank account where no international transfer fees will be deducted. I will arrange for the funds to reach Bharat and Sabita with no administrative costs and provide a summarisation to all donors about how these funds are used.

To donate:
Bank - Commonwealth Bank Of Australia
Acct - 10294631
BSB  - 063120
Name - Greg Linwood
Comment - 'BSSF: ' + your name. Prefix comment so I can allocate to this fund
Email me - gregl@mydba.com or SMS me: +61408899515 to let me know what amount you have deposited
Amount - whatever you feel appropriate but please chose a random odd amount so we can match to your email / sms
 
 
2. GDAP - Gwahali (help) for Differently Abled People

GDAP supports the blind children's orphanage that I was visiting when the main earthquake struck. GDAP is run by passionate volunteers led by Sonika Manandhar, who works for the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Kathmandu.

The blind children's orphanage building sustained some damage in the earthquake but they are now operating without financial support and their guardian's house was demolished in the earth quake, leaving these children in a dire predicament.

GDAP will use funds provided for the care of the ~15 children in this orphanage and the 3 carer staff who live with them to purchase food, water & medical care

More on GDAP & Sonika:

Donations can be made from Australia to my personal bank account (details below) where no international transfer fees will be deducted. I will provide a summarisation to all donors about how these funds are used

To donate:
Bank - Commonwealth Bank Of Australia
Acct - 10294631
BSB  - 063120
Name - Greg Linwood
Comment - 'GDAP: ' + your name. Prefix comment so I can allocate to this fund
Email me - gregl@mydba.com or SMS me: +61408899515 to let me know what amount you have deposited
Amount - whatever you feel appropriate but please chose a random odd amount so we can match to your email / sms
 
 
3. Nepal Youth Foundation

NYF is an extraordinary organisation which has provided various community support services throughout Nepal for 25 years. NYF was founded by US lawyer Olga Murray who was celebrating her 90th birthday in Kathmandu on the day of the big earthquake. Olga is an inspiring leader of gender equality and social fairness agendas in Nepal. 

NYF was originally founded to provide support to enslaved girls after Olga observed their plight whilst trekking in Nepal 30 years ago but has branched out to provide many other community services including health, education, domestic violence shelters & orphanages throughout Nepal's rural and municipal areas.

NYF is a fully transparent charitable organisation who publish financial and operational reports on their website and undergo regular published audits by CharityNavigator.com. It would be hard to find a better run charitible organisation than NYF.

Major international charities waste funds sending teams & reaching inaccessible communities in which NYF already has extensive, locally managed facilities operating.

Donations should be made directly to NYF via their website:


NYF has a chapter organisation operating in Melbourne, Australia led by Ru "Dee" Chung who I have met a couple of times in Melbourne. If you wish to contact Dee directly to discuss NYF's activities in Nepal, her email address is:

Dee Chung [chungrudee@gmail.com]