Your Clothes. Don’t start a clothing drive. Please. Second hand clothing is impossible to get to people
who might need them. What people need is security, food and water, and not a new second-hand shirt.
I don’t understand how clothing drives became one of the knee jerk reactions to meeting
needs in a disaster. There is just a better way.
"If you are planning to send a bunch of untrained workers to help with relief in Nepal, stop immediately!" - Tweet this
What Nepal Does Need
If you really want to help, let me suggest the following:
Give Your Money To Reputable Organizations. If you want to help Christians or just the country in general, find a good relief
organization and give to them. Check to see if they are part of the Evangelical Council of
Financial Accountability. There are a lot of charlatans out there. In the US, people will
ask for aid but less than half will actually make it to where you desire to help. In Nepal,
there will be people posing as Christians asking for aid, and there will be fake stories to
try to sift through. I will not be suprised if people in government skim off the top. It’s sad, but people and governments profit off of tragedy.
To guard yourself, you can work with organizations like Compassion International (or
others) that have a plan and a track record of helping people with long-term solutions.
Relief is needed now, but not forever. Learn from the example of Haiti. In four
decades before the 2010 earthquake, $8.3 billion in international aid
had been given, yet the country was 25 percent poorer than before the
aid began. Sending money aimlessly is not helpful.
Specialized Short-Term Teams. It is very challenging for Christians to find a place of worship in Nepal. There might be a
need, after the initial relief efforts, for teams who want to commit to a 1-2 year period to
go and help Christians rebuild their schools and places of worship. Almost all of the
churches in Nepal rent a space, but the few schools and churches that have buildings will
probably need outside help.
There may also need to be an influx of doctors and other medically trained staff. If you fit
that profile, find an organization that can plug you in to help.
Ask Yourself The Deeper Questions. Helping people in Jesus’ name is important, but it is also important to understand the
systemic brokenness in Nepal. Why was there such a lack of infrastructure? What
worldview drives the country’s view of work? Why have Christians faced strong
opposition from people? Many thoughtful questions need to be asked.