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Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund

Organized by: Nikash Malhani

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THE STORY:

Dear friends, family and anyone else who may be reading this post,

We are reaching out to you to ask for your support after the devastating earthquake in Nepal that has killed over 1400 people. The death toll is still rising despite efforts from rescue teams to help survivors stuck under the rubble of destroyed buildings. We, Lokesh Todi (currently in Kathmandu, Nepal) and Aditya Todi (currently in Boston, USA) are coordinating international fundraising efforts to support and sustain the work of local NGOs and first responders on the ground. The goal is an achievable $20,000 that will go a long way in Nepal. It will be a uphill battle to restore any sense of normalcy and we hope that you can keep Nepal in mind over the next few days and donate whatever you can.

Short Summary
7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force early Saturday, killing at least 1400 people -- and still counting -- in Nepal's capital city. (CNN) The full extent of the loss will not be known for a while, as many areas in Nepal are still not accessible. We will need a lot of help from generous donors to get the basic necessities such as food, water, medicine, blankets, etc. to those who most need it right now.

What We Need
We are aiming to raise $20,000 so we can:

Direct most of the money to local NGOs who do not have the connections to raise a lot of money from outside Nepal. We want the money to go to local NGOs because they have a deeper understanding of the local issues and know the terrain better.
The rest of the money we will use to : Provide Food and Water to those in need; Provide Blankets (many people are sleeping in streets as their houses has been demolished by the earthquake); Provide Medicine and donate money to the local hospital and relief camps
Why Us
The funds we collect will go directly to local NGOs who do not have access to the same level of international capital that large organizations with high administrative fees do. Although INGOs do a great job, they often send only temporary relief fund. Local NGOs not only know the location better, which is crucial given the terrain of Nepal and the lack of proper address, but are also here for the long term. A key recurring theme in catastrophe management is the lack of resources in the local community organization. We see this in Nepal and want to ensure that those who know best, have the resources to do their best.

Transparency
A promise to direct the money to local NGOs and relief agencies who who need the money the most and a very transparent accounting of the money spent.

Other Ways You Can Help
Other ways you can help is by donating to

Red Cross Nepal: http://www.nrcs.org/donate-nrcs

Global Giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund/

About us
For those who are not family or friends and don't know us, we want to assure you that your contributions will be used to help victims of the Nepal earthquake. We realize that sometimes people are reluctant to give because they don't know if their contributions will reach the right people, especially given the mismanagement of funds that occur after large scale natural disaster. That is why we think you should know a little about us so you can contribute knowing that your money will be put to the best use.

Lokesh (28) and Aditya Todi (22) are brothers. We were born and brought up in Nepal, where most of our family lives. Lokesh returned back to Nepal to work as an entrepreneur after completing his MBA from Yale School of Management, where he took a year long course on managing global catastrophe. A recurring theme in the class was the lack of funding these local organizations often face post catastrophes. Aditya recently graduated with a Bachelor's in International Relations from Stanford University where he closely engaged with issues around democracy, development and rule of law. He is currently working in Boston. We both are fully committed to ensure that the money you give goes to the right organizations that are having a real impact on the ground. This is our promise.

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