How You Can Lend Your Support to Nepal

You don’t need money to help out.

A devestating earthquake rocked Nepal over the weekend. Photo via Flickr user Domenico.

Organizations That Don’t Require Your Money

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Micromappers’ Clickers app allows anyone with access to the App Store to start tagging various forms of media with criteria such as severity, urgency, and types of required assistance. Micromappers then consolidates the filtered and tagged images into one map for more efficient relief and support. According to their website, more than 1200+ “Digital Jedis” have clicked through 30,000+ images and 7,000+ tweets, resulting in these vital maps. Clicking on a mark allows one to see the damage firsthand.

Check out Micromappers’ work here and here. Their Clickers app can be found on Apple’s App Store.

Family Links, managed by the International Red Cross, is a resource used to report found and missing persons in times of disaster. On their website, one can register as “I Am Alive” themselves, or search through the missing persons list to register people with whom they have made contact to update their status. An accurate headcount is a valuable tool for those in the heart of the earthquake.

Contribute to Family Links here.

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Organizations Helping Children

SOS Children’s Villages prioritizes urgent help for children and families affected by the earthquake. They primarily work to prevent family breakdown and protect children who have temporarily or permanently lost parental contact.

Donate to SOS Children’s Villages here.

Save The Children seeks to help vulnerable children and provide relief to families. The organization has worked in Nepal since 1976 and has programs across the country. Ten percent of donations are used to help prepare for the next emergency.

Donate to Save The Children here.

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Specialized Organizations

The U.N. World Food Program works to provide food for hungry children and families, whose nutrition has fallen in priority to survival and assisting others. WFP reports that logistics and emergency response teams are operating from Kathmandu.

Donate to U.N. World Food Program here.

Handicap International uses donations and gifts to ensure that earthquake survivors with serious injuries such as complex fractures and injuries to the spine receive the treatment needed to prevent them from developing permanent disabilities in a timely manner. Often, rescue from being trapped under a collapsed building urgently requires follow-up medical attention.

Donate to Handicap International here.

International Medical Corps has operations out of the Ghorka District in Nepal, where the earthquake’s epicenter originated. A preeminent first responder to disasters, IMC is steadily getting relief out to the hardest-hit areas. They provide medicine, emergency care, and supplies to survivors and bring in the experience that they have gathered from responding to every natural disaster around the globe for the last 30 years.

Donate to International Medical Corps here.

Local Organizations

Shikshya Foundation is an organization that is local to Nepal, founded by designer Prabal Gurung, who was raised in Kathmandu. Their emergency earthquake relief fund goes toward support for search and rescue efforts, food and water, emergency shelters, and medical attention. Before the earthquake, Shikshya Foundation’s mission was to increase educational standards for children in Nepal.

Donate to their emergency fund here.

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Denominational Organizations

In Nepal, denominational organizations provide medical equipment, food, water, shelter, and sanitation to those in need.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization.

Donate to their relief fund here.

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief is an evangelical Christian organization with medical and aid teams being flown out to Nepal.

Donate to their relief fund here.

Catholic Relief Services brings the Catholic community together to cause change in international communities.

Donate to their relief fund here.

Making Donating Easier

Paypal has started a campaign that allows users to easily and efficiently donate to an organization of their choosing. One hundred percent of the donations go directly toward the charity. Included in the list of charities are many of the foundations previously mentioned, as well as bigger names that require less explanation such as American Red Cross, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, and The Salvation Army.

Choose your charity here.

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Fredrick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818. At the age of 10 he was given to the Auld family.

As a child, he worked as a house slave and was able to learn to read and write, and he attempted to teach his fellow slaves the same skills.

At the age of 15, he was given to Thomas Auld, a cruel man who beat and starved his slaves and thwarted any opportunity for them to practice their faith or to learn to read or write.

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On April 20, 1889 at the Braunau am Inn, in Upper Austria Salzburger located at Vorstadt 15, Alois and Klara Hitler brought a son into the world. They named him Adolph.

Little did they know he would grow up to be one of the greatest forces of evil the world has ever known.

The Hitlers moved out of the Braunau am Inn when Adolph was three, but the three-story butter-colored building still stands. It has been the subject of controversy for seven decades.

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The building was a meeting place for Nazi loyalists in the 1930s and '40s. After World War II, the building has become an informal pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis and veterans to glorify the murderous dictator.

The building was a thorn in the side to local government and residents to say the least.

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For years it was owned by Gerlinde Pommer, a descendant of the original owners. The Austrian government made numerous attempts to purchase it from her, but to no avail. The building has served many purposes, a school, a library, and a makeshift museum.

In 1989, a stone from the building was inscribed with:

"For Peace, Freedom

and Democracy.

Never Again Fascism.

Millions of Dead Remind [us]."

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For three decades it was home to an organization that offered support and integration assistance for disabled people. But in 2011, the organization vacated the property because Pommer refused to bring it up to code.

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In 2017, the fight between the government and Pommer ended with it seizing the property. Authorities said it would get a "thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building."

Now, the government intends to turn it into a police station which will surely deter any neo-Nazis from hanging around the building.

Austria has strict anti-Nazi laws that aim to prohibit any potential Nazi revival. The laws state that anyone who denies, belittles, condones or tries to justify the Nazi genocide or other Nazi crimes against humanity shall be punished with imprisonment for one year up to ten years.

In Austria the anti-Nazi laws are so strict one can go to prison for making the Nazi hand salute or saying "Heil Hitler."

"The future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that the role of this building as a memorial to the Nazis has been permanently revoked," Austria's IInterior Minister, Wolfgang Peschorn said in a statement.

The house is set to be redesigned following an international architectural competition.

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Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" debuted the first episode of its final season last week.

The show is loosely based on an alternative history novel by Philip K. Dick that postulates what would happen if Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan controlled the United States after being victorious in World War II.

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Chick-fil-A is the third-largest fast food chain in America, behind McDonald's and Starbucks, raking in over $10 billion a year.

But for years, the company has faced boycotts for supporting anti-LGBT charities, including the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Salvation Army faced criticism after a leader in the organization implied that gay people "deserve to die" and the company also came under fire after refusing to offer same-sex couples health insurance. But the organization swears it's evolving on such issues.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes explicitly announced it was anti gay marriage in a recent "Statement of Faith."

God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is "rage against Jesus Christ and His values."

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, made anti same-sex marriage comments on a radio broadcast:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage". I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

But the chicken giant has now decided to change it's says its charitable donation strategy because it's bad for business...Not because being homophobic is wrong.

The company recently lost several bids to provide concessions in U.S. airports. A pop-up shop in England was told it would not be renewed after eight days following LGBTQ protests.

Chick-fil-A also has plans to expand to Boston, Massachusetts where its mayor, Thomas Menino, pledged to ban the restaurant from the city.

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"There's no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are," Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. "There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message."

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Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations that support education and fight homelessness. Which is commendable regardless of the company's troubled past.

"If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response, said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A's decision to back down from contributing to anti-LGBT charities shows the power that people have to fight back against companies by hitting them where it really hurts — the pocket book.

The question remains: If you previously avoided Chick-fil-A because it supported anti-LGBT organizations, is it now OK to eat there? Especially when Popeye's chicken sandwich is so good people will kill for it?


Oh, irony. You are having quite a day.

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