Over 4600 dead, over 9000 injured, 1 million children in need of help, over 8 million affected. These are just a few of the heart-wrenching statistics to emerge as of today from the Nepal earthquake and is only expected to get worse. As the devastating images of the tragic event is shared across every form of media, we are sadly reminded of how unpredictable and fragile our life is. And how powerful nature is.
As a catastrophe risk analyst, I’ve spent the last ten years analyzing and studying all kinds of natural catastrophes. I’ve spent hours reviewing the probabilities of events of large magnitude. And then when an actual event of such proportions happen, all those studies fade in the presence of such humanitarian needs. Life is suddenly put into perspective and we are reminded how miniscule we are in this large expansive world. Reminds us how we are not the ones in ultimate control
Images of young children lying under a pile of rubble, their lives snatched away too early. Images of men and women burying their family deprived of that last hug or kiss. Images of families huddled together on the street with nowhere to go. These are just a few snapshots of what the beautiful country if Nepal is like right now.
The way in which countries and organizations from all around the world have come together to provide aid and relief is a blessing. The people of Nepal need our help and every little bit is necessary to help rebuild the lives of these millions of people in midst of a terrible crisis. The best way you can help is to donate and no amount is insignificant. I just did. I donated to Adara Group, an organization where a friend of mine has worked at for several years and has unwavering faith in. They are a very credible organization who are actively providing relief, sanitation and aid on ground. A few other organizations that you can donate to should you be interested are:
I have never visited Nepal but through the years have met many wonderful people from there. It is a country rich in beauty not just in its surroundings but also in its people. With your and my contribution, the courageous and resilient people of Nepal will once again have a place to call home. Let’s help.
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
– J.R.R. Tolkein