San Francisco, CA – Give2Asia, a US-based social enterprise, announces today the release of a report on disaster recovery work in Nepal to mark the first anniversary of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit near Kathmandu on April 25, 2015. Within hours of the quake, Give2Asia responded with a program with its network of local Nepali nonprofits to support immediate and long-term needs.
“From the very beginning we expected this to be a multi-year effort,” said Adam Eads, Give2Asia’s Director of Disaster Programs. “While this disaster has presented challenges both anticipated and unanticipated, our engagement in Nepal continues to make an impact for local communities and will do so for the foreseeable future.”
The earthquake killed more than 8,800 people and left 3.5 million people homeless. On May 12, just as the shock of that event was wearing off and people began to rebuild, a 7.3-magnitude aftershock hit, killing an additional 153 people.
Give2Asia partnered with corporate, foundation and individual donors. Facebook made a commitment of $2 million to support locally-based organizations in long-term recovery with assistance from Give2Asia. Johnson & Johnson and EMC, among others, raised substantial amounts with employee giving campaigns.
“Give2Asia believes supporting local NGOs is the most impactful and efficient way to assist communities after a disaster,” said Birger Stamperdahl, President & CEO of Give2Asia. “The local knowledge and community trust of our partners is key to effective response and long-term recovery.”
To date, Give2Asia and its donor partners have 1) provided both temporary and permanent shelter, 2) health services and health education. In addition, projects have provided foundational elements of the rebuild like electrical grid access in remote areas and radio transmissions, which serve as most people’s primary source of information. Give2Asia anticipates continuing to support recovery work through 2016 and into 2017.
Give2Asia makes international grant making safe, effective, and impactful. Since its founding in 2001, Give2Asia has raised over $250 million in gifts and donations from corporate, foundation, and individual donors for community partners in Asia. Give2Asia has demonstrated its effectiveness in serving the needs of international philanthropy with its on-the-ground presence, knowledge of diverse social and economic conditions, and the expert matching of donor interests with innovative and effective grantees.
Give2Asia has been making grants in Nepal since 2001. With their partner in Kathmandu The Asia Foundation, they developed a strategy around supporting Nepali organizations that would help people meet immediate needs while building a foundation for reconstruction of all facets of society.
Director of Disaster Programs