(Washington, DC) April 22, 2016 - Nearly one year after two devastating earthquakes impacted more than eight million people in Nepal, deadly earthquakes have hit both Japan and Ecuador this past week highlighting the need for urgent humanitarian and rebuilding efforts.
GlobalGiving, a global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies during disasters, has identified five lessons learned after the Nepal earthquakes that have implications for donors who want to support Ecuador or Japan:
"The events in Nepal have shown us that we are in a very critical time with both the Ecuador and Japan relief efforts," said Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of GlobalGiving. "We know donors like to give the majority of funds right after a disaster occurs, but that these funds need to last for the duration of the recovery efforts, which can span years. That's why we've been working day and night to support the best local organizations that provide the greatest impact to drive relief and recovery."
GlobalGiving has created an Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts after the Ecuador earthquake. Initially, the funds will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, the projects will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations. To donate or stay up to date on the support being provided to Ecuador, visit https://www.globalgiving.org/ecuador.
The GlobalGiving Kumamoto Relief Fund is supporting immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Kumamoto, Japan after two deadly earthquakes, significant aftershocks, and landslides. GlobalGiving has relationships with many nonprofits in Japan and is getting funds quickly to vetted, locally-driven organizations who are best-positioned to provide immediate relief and to drive long-term recovery in their own communities. To donate or stay up to date on the support being provided to Japan, visit https://www.globalgiving.org/japan.
GlobalGiving and its partners will be providing ongoing updates and reports on both recent disasters. For up-to-the minute reports and to learn how funds are being used, visit https://www.globalgiving.org.
On April 25, 2015, Nepal was impacted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8Mw. The disaster shocked the world, and the event impacted more than 8 million people, caused 8,000+ deaths and injured 21,000 people.
Since the crisis occurred, GlobalGiving has worked with local nonprofits and organizations on the ground to provide relief and to help rebuild the community, raising more than $6 million in donations that went to 83 local organizations. The funding supported the initial search and rescue work through the ongoing rebuilding of infrastructure in the affected areas.
GlobalGiving continues to stay involved and support the local rebuilding efforts. Here are some examples of the impacts this funding has made:
Beginning on April 25, 2016, the anniversary of the first earthquake in Nepal, GlobalGiving will match donations up to $100,000 to local organizations in Nepal that are still driving the long-term recovery effort. To see the work that's still being done and continue to support the efforts, visit globalgiving.org/leaderboards/nepal-anniversary/
For the latest information on global natural disasters or to support local communities in need, visit www.globalgiving.org.
GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits. GlobalGiving makes it safe and easy for people and companies to give to local projects anywhere in the world, providing nonprofits with the tools, training, and support they need to become more effective. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has helped raise more than $200 million from more than 500,000 donors for more than 14,000 projects. Because GlobalGiving works with nonprofit organizations in more than 165 countries, when earthquakes and other disasters occur, GlobalGiving can quickly deliver funds to locally driven organizations that are best-suited to provide relief in their own communities.
To donate to charities involved in disaster relief or if you are a charity looking to further your impact when disasters occurs, please visit www.globalgiving.org.
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Alison Carlman, Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing