May 19, 2015 1:51pm- Center for World Indigenous Studies posted on FacebookCenter for World Indigenous Studies Senior Staff met via international teleconference to discuss potential collaboration between the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in the Asia Pacific and the Center for World Indigenous Studies. The purpose is to organize an approach to engage indigenous communities and nations in the Asia Pacific region to promote community directed methods for treatment and research to reverse the trend of increased levels of the disease among indigenous peoples. We estimate that untreated incidents of viral hepatitis have virtually exploded across indigenous territories. CWIS is offering to undertake research, education and community access facilitation efforts with the Coalition.
May 2, 2015 1:35pm- Amy Eisenberg posted on FacebookDear Colleagues and Friends
Over the past weekend, our hearts and prayers have been with the people of Nepal and the Himalayan region in the wake of the devastating earthquake. Now, as we begin to understand the daunting scale and magnitude of that devastation -- across Nepal, the Himalayas, and southern Tibet -- there is an urgent need for the global community to be present for the many millions of humanity who must face the days, weeks and months that lie ahead of slow and painful recovery.
Machik does not work in the areas impacted by the earthquake, so we do not have direct capacity in these local areas. But we look forward to partnering with effective organizations and local recovery and reconstruction initiatives as opportunities permit.
For now, we have compiled this list of organizations who come highly recommended to us. These are some of the organizations who we understand to be already working to provide immediate relief or who will be able to provide an effective response in a timely way.
We hope you will show your support for these or other effective organizations working in the region now.
Our sincere condolences for the countless losses, and our heartfelt prayers for all.
The Machik Team
Relief Groups in Nepal
Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
Organised by America Nepal Medical Foundation
"ANMF will send a team with basic necessities ASAP, specifically tents, blankets, mattress, water, food , chlorine tablets, and oral rehydration packets. ANMF will help setup, field camp for medical help along with Phase, an NGO already working in Sindhupalchowk. We will be funding supply of food for volunteers who are helping in these hospitals."
Immediate Relief for Nepal Earthquake Survivors
Organized by New York based Nepali organization Adhikaar
"Adhikaar is coordinating with our friends to help send additional food and tents... We're raising funds online and offline, and coordinating with volunteers in India and Nepal."
Relief for Nepal Earthquake Victims
Organized by Rashmi Thapa and Photo.Circle
"Photo Circle has organised a group of independent volunteers and are procuring basic essentials in Kathmandu - plastic tarps are on top of our list - and distributing to various locations on the periphery of Kathmandu valley."
“All donations received over the next 30 days will be directed towards our relief efforts to help earthquake victims in Nepal. Established in Kathmandu through the Shechen clinic, its mobile medical clinics and camps, Karuna-Shechen has a team of professionals on the ground that is trained and ready to help the victims of this disaster. Our team is already working to assess the situation and long-term needs to help the local population in the aftermath of this tragedy.”
“Many of READ’s 59 Centers in Nepal serve as the primary source of information in their communities and provide critical resources such as microcredit, health services, and Internet access. We anticipate that READ Centers will continue to play a critical role in meeting village’s most urgent needs and as people begin the process of rebuilding. We need to support their efforts.”
Ghar Sita Mutu
“House with Heart has an urgent need of funds to cover the costs of emergency food and other necessities like sleeping bags and portable solar lamps for themselves and their neighbors. As is always the case after crises like this, food and other necessities are difficult to come by and prices will skyrocket."
"Direct Relief is a nonprofit that specializes in providing international medical assistance. It is in the process of coordinating with local partners in Nepal and will focus its relief efforts on the “valley around Kathmandu, where medical facilities are overflowing with patients seeking care.”
"The Seva Foundation is a US-based nonprofit known for its work treating blindness. It has a long-running presence in Nepal and has set up an emergency relief fund."
Doctors without Borders
"MSF currently has approximately 38 staff on the ground in Nepal, based in Kathmandu and Ghorka....Based on initial aerial assessments, the damage seems to be quite significant in a number of villages in the mountainous region. Due to the destruction, there is an immediate need for relief items such as shelter and hygiene materials and cooking equipment."
"A humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with a long-established presence in Nepal."
Thanks to the following for their suggestions of groups working effectively in Nepal: Muna Gurung, Alex Gardner, Sienna Craig, PRI and the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206592811961772&set=o.111455912208909&type=1
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