It’s been more than a month since a series of earthquakes devastated Nepal and killed more than 8,500 people. With thousands more homeless and various organizations working to stabilize the country, the need for resources is great. Already, Nepal is starting to fade from headlines but help is still badly needed.
Here are nine well-regarded organizations you can donate to in order to make a difference and help relief efforts.
1. Global Giving
Global Giving is a fundraising platform that is helping to support Nepal. They’re close to reaching their goal of raising $5 million, which will first provide food, clean water and other emergency supplies to survivors.
Once the situation stabilizes, Global Giving will partner with local organizations to help long-term recovery. Make a donation and read about Global Giving’s mission on their fundraising page.
2. Friends Service Council Nepal
Friends Service Council Nepal works exclusively in Nepal. The organization already had boots on the ground to distribute much-needed aid in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes. It’s a small, nimble organization. Currently, donations are only accepted through wire transfer.
3. Red Cross
Few organizations match the scope and size of the Red Cross. They’ve committed more than $9 million to Nepalese earthquake victims so far and have mobilized 7,000 staff and volunteers to help.
With so many hard-to-reach towns devastated by the earthquake, one unique way the Red Cross is helping is by having volunteers assist in mapping the country digitally. Find out more about the Red Cross’s efforts on the Nepal section of their website.
4. Save the Children
Save the Children has been in Nepal since 1976 and is very familiar with the challenges facing the country. They now have 400 staff members in the country and have 44 tons of aid to help the victims. Contribute to their mission and know that 10 percent of your donation will be used to help in potential future disasters.
5. Oxfam International
Oxfam International has delivered clean water to 30,000 people on a weekly basis since the earthquakes hit. They acknowledge, however, that the need is far greater than that.
With blocked roads and other logistical challenges, Oxfam aims to help 400,000 people throughout the country. Contribute to their efforts in Nepal, today.
6. Direct Relief
Direct Relief lives up to its name by providing medical supplies to areas in need. They are particularly effective because they partner with local governments and long-established NGOs on the ground who know exactly what’s needed and how to make an immediate impact.
So far, Direct Relief has delivered 119,000 pounds of medical supplies to Nepal. They have a news page providing timely updates about new relief efforts within the country.
7. Room to Read
Room to Read, a nonprofit dedicated to providing an education to those who need it most, was formed in Nepal in 2000. Since then, they’ve helped build nearly 4,000 libraries and more than 1,000 schools.
Now the organization is ramping up efforts to bring much-need aid to the country. Donate to Room to Read via this form or through a third-party organization like FrontStream.
8. Action Against Hunger
With Nepal’s infrastructure devastated, Action Against Hunger is working to improve conditions and make sure the situation doesn’t worsen. They’ve provided food, temporary shelters and sanitation to some of the hardest hit parts of the country. Make a donation to Action Against Hunger’s efforts in Nepal here.
9. Giving Children Hope
Giving Children Hope allows you to help Nepalese earthquake victims in several ways: You can donate money, food or even your time as a volunteer. This nonprofit tries to give children economic independence and teach them to be self-sufficient so they can grow up in a stable environment.
Support Giving Children Hope by making a donation. More than 99% of every donation goes directly toward their charitable programs and services.
Is there another charitable organization you’ve used to help the earthquake victims in Nepal? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
The most valuable thing an experienced person has is their experience. People make mistakes, learn from them, and adapt their life around them to become better people. Those people would then tell tales to others to help teach those lessons so that others would not have to make the same mistakes.
People still tell these stories today but in a slightly different format — they use speeches to express their experiences. Here are some valuable life lessons you can learn from some of the greatest inspirational speeches:
1. JK Rowling teaches us to not fear failure no matter how bad things become
It is a well-known fact that JK Rowling’s now-famous Harry Potter series was turned down by several publishers before it was finally picked up. Those publishers are likely kicking themselves in the pants right now. However, before that, JK Rowling was in a fairly dire situation and was on the brink of failure. Despite being turned down time and time again, she kept trying. Her efforts paid off. Harry Potter is now a ubiquitous character in today’s world culture. Despite failing over and over again, Rowling kept trying and fulfilled her dreams. You can watch her deliver some valuable life lessons in her Harvard commencement speech video above.
2. Steve Jobs teaches us to never settle
Steve Jobs had a fairly tumultuous life. He co-founded Apple, was kicked out of the company, came back, and then re-defined the mobile phone space with the iPhone. Even if iPhones aren’t the rage they once were, its iconic value is forever written in stone. One thing Jobs never did was settle. He lived life on his own terms and was rewarded for it by being dubbed one of the most revolutionary voices in technology of our time. In the Stanford commencement speech above, Jobs explains how you should never settle for what someone else wants out of your life. It’s your life and you should do what you want with it.
3. Admiral William H McRaven teaches us to make our beds every day
Anyone who has gone through the basic training of a military service will tell you it’s pretty difficult. However, every seemingly obnoxious step is actually a life lesson in disguise. This even applies to flawlessly making one’s bed every single morning. As Admiral William H McRaven teaches us, recruits are taught to make their beds every morning to remind them that even the little things in life matter. After all, how can you be expected to handle the biggest obstacles in your life if you can’t even handle the small and the mundane like making your bed every day? You can watch the entire speech in the video above.
4. Author David Foster Wallace teaches us that we’re a part of a greater existence
David Foster Wallace found fame in 1987 with his book The Broom of the System. Nearly 20 years later in 2005 he game a commencement speech at Kenyon College that is worth listening to at least once. In his speech, he reminds us that was are but a part of a huge, dynamic, ever changing interaction of life forms. In order to truly experience life, we need to leave our personal bubbles and interact with others even if it’s in an unpleasant way. Wallace states, “It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.” You can watch the whole speech above.
5. Stephen Colbert teaches us that life isn’t something you can plan
If there is anyone who knows about improvisation, it’s comedian Stephen Colbert. In his commencement speech at Northwestern University in 2011, Colbert reminded students that you cannot plan life. Life throws too many curve balls. There are too many unpredictable things that can happen. The most successful and happy people are not those who have a plan, but those who can roll with the punches and overcome the obstacles. He goes on to site his time as an improv comic and how all of the actors working together to create a scene out of literally nothing are all working for one another. He states that like improv comedy, you don’t know what happens next in life. You just make it up as you go along. You can watch the whole speech above.
6. Kurt Vonnegut teaches us to not sweat the small stuff
Some of our younger readers may not know Kurt Vonnegut. He is a famous author that found of of his success during the middle of last century. In 1999, Kurt Vonnegut was at Agnes Scott College giving a commencement speech. During the speech, he mentioned that in order to live a more complete life, people needed to let stuff go. He argued that you cannot reasonably expect others to forgive you for your mistakes if you cannot forgive others and that you cannot live life fostering a personal vendetta against others.
7. Neil Gaiman teaches us that success can be distracting.
Neil Gaiman is most known for his work in a number of literary mediums including journalism, comic books, and novels. In 2012, Gaiman gave a speech at the University of the Arts where he talked about success. He stated that when you become successful, you may be unintentionally swayed from performing the actions that made you successful. Gaiman recalled his early success and how he felt pressured to answer emails all day long and it actually prevented him from writing as much as he wanted. So he reminds us to keep doing what makes us successful and to not let others get in the way.
8. Barack Obama’s life lessons teaches us that you really can beat the odds
We know that not everyone likes Barack Obama but that doesn’t mean the man can’t deliver an amazing speech. In this 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convenction, Obama reminds that it is possible to beat the odds and become something great. He cites his own upbringing as an example and how he was never expected to make it as far as he did. It shows that when you’re passionate about something and when you try hard enough, you can accomplish almost anything. It’s important to note that Obama talks about this in 2004 and would become the President of the United States just four years later.
9. Robin Roberts reminds us that we each have the courage to overcome challenges
Robin Roberts knows a thing or two about courage. She is a breast cancer survivor and has done battle with a rare blood disease called myelodysplastic syndrome. Her sister once had to donate bone marrow just so Robin could remain alive. She was also ESPN’s first African American broadcaster in the early 1990’s. She’s a woman who works in an industry predominately populated by men. So when Robin Roberts takes the stage at the ESPYs and delivers a short lecture on having courage, we would do well to listen!
10. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that some things are more important than success
We all know the story of Martin Luther King Jr. So much so that we have a day of the year to celebrate him as a national holiday here in the United States. Most of us have listening to segments of his famous speech where he told the world about a dream he had. The main message of his famous speech is that racial inequalities needed to end and he was absolutely right. However, he also reminds us that there are things that are more important than success such as equal rights and treating each other with respect and kindness. If you somehow made it through school without watching the famous speech, we’ve got it linked above.
11. Jim Carrey reminds us that even if you keep it safe, you can still fail so you might as well go big
Jim Carrey delivered a commencement speech at Maharishi University recently that went absolutely viral. You may know it as the one minute video that will change your life. They weren’t lying but they weren’t telling the whole truth because the speech was actually 28 minutes long. During the speech, Carrey talks about his father who wanted to be a comedian but decided to take the safe route and become an accountant. As it turns out, his father was laid off and his family ended up poor anyway. With that, Carrey tells us that you can still end up failing even if you play it safe so you might as well swing for the fences and do what you want to do.
12. Bill Murray teaches us that it’s the hard times that determine if someone really loves you
You may have heard the story about Bill Murray crashing someone’s bachelor party and delivering a speech. It turns out the speech was both short and fairly epic. During the speech, Bill Murray challenged the bachelors to travel around the world with the women they love and go to places that are difficult to go to and deal with. He says if you can get back to the United States and you still love each other, then you should get married right then and there. It’s a great message. It’s easy to love one another when times are good but do you still love each other when the times are bad? If so, that’s true love according to Bill Murray.
Inspiration comes from everywhere and from anyone. There are a countless number of speeches and stories that can teach us an incalculable number of life lessons.
All these speeches almost share the same message: Don’t be afraid to fail and keep trying.
If you also want to live your best life like the above successful people, this is what you should start doing: