Fighting Poverty with Passion
1. NYANO SANSAR — I met my friend (and hero) Max Dipesh Khatri during my first visit to Nepal in 2012, and since then he has started an incredible nonprofit called Nyano Sansar. The organization and its volunteers focus on distributing blankets and warm clothing and supplying medical care to underprivileged residents of Nepal’s southern plains during its dangerously cold winters. Max is a powerhouse for good and is currently on the ground volunteering at a Kathmandu hospital to help with the relief efforts. He and his team can certainly use our support, and he has requested that people donate via nepalshare.org > “Get Involved” > “Donate”. Max will report on how funds will be used as the dust settles. It’s my understanding that donations will support more long-term recovery efforts as opposed to immediate relief.
4. NOLA 4 NEPAL — Tibetan House is a little shop over on Tchoupitoulas. They have direct connections with Nepali families in dire need of water, food, and electricity. They currently have an indiegogo campaign up, and are seeking donations for the families they’re connected with. They’re also holding open prayer nights and invite people to come and send thoughts and positive energy to Nepal. Although opening our wallets is the absolute best way to support Nepal right now, it is an incredibly spiritual country and I strongly believe that many victims find comfort in the fact that the world is praying for them.
5. Louisiana Himalaya Association — This organization’s main projects are in Dharamsala, India, which was not physically affected by the earthquake. However, many of their volunteers and Tibetan staff-members have family and friends in Nepal. They are collecting funds for long-term recovery efforts, and you can donate here.