Grassroots organizations in Nepal are in dire need of your support in the wake of the April 2015 earthquake. Bodhicharya has identified a handful or organizations that could use your support. We have noted some as US-based 501c3 (tax deductible). Please verify this list; Bodhicharya does not endorse any particular organization. Please respond with any comments or feedback.
Buddhist Organizations with Projects in Nepal
- Rigul Trust to support disaster relief in a small village near the Tibetan border (also see post on Bodhicharya International website)
- Karuna-Sechen, Humanitarian Projects in the Himalaya, founded by Matthieu Ricard (Karuna-Shechen USA is a US-based 501C3 – we are seeking information on how to donate through this office).
- Shechen Monastery – Dilgo Khyentse Foundation is a US-based 501c3
- Shedrup Development Fund – Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche – US-based 501c3 (see here)
- Vajra Vidya Earthquake Relief efforts to Thrangu Rinpoche centers in Nepal, at Namo Buddha, Tara Abbey, Bhaktapur, and the children’s schools, US-based 501c3
- FPMT Nepal Earthquake Support Fund – US-based 501c3
- Upaya Zen Center – US-based 501c3
- Karmapa Service Society, USA Inc
- The Pundarika Foundation (Tsoknyi Rinpoche) – the nuns and monks are very well organized and front line social providers
- Rokpa Foundation, UK-based, with infrastructure and projects already in place
Health and Humanitarian Organizations with Projects in Nepal
- American Himalayan Foundation – US-based 501c3
- Health Foundation Nepal – Earthquake Relielf Fund – US-based 501c3
- GoodWeave – working to reach its community of beneficiaries with support to recover and rebuild after the devastating April 25th earthquake – US-based 501c3
- Quilts for Kids – microfinance project, based in Kathmandu – on the ground helping.US-based 501c3 application pending (donations typically tax-deductible retroactively)
- Educate the Children International, Working to Improve the Lives of Women and Children in Nepal – US-based 501c3.
- America Nepal Medical Foundation – crowd sourcing for local relief organizations – a US-based 501c3 charity
- One Heart World Wide – assisting in rural areas of Nepal and Tibet
- Earthquake Nepal, Accommodation and Medical Camps, crowd sourcing for Abari.org – on the ground with tents
- Send Solar Lights to Nepal – crowd sourcing for Greenlight Planet and World Vision through Indiegogo
- Nepal ICU Care Box, containing medical supplies
Some slightly larger organizations
- Mercy Corps – extensive work in Nepal
- Save the Children
- Seva Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
- Doctors Without Borders – Nepal Reponse
Some Good Resources
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has many connections in Nepal, including family members living in Kathmandu – Please read this post on the Ireland Bodhicharya blog for more information.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s brother Salga and artists from Kathmandu, during their work on the Bodhicharya Meditation Center, Sikkim: