Nepal has suffered a truly horrible earthquake.
We were safely in Bangkok, editing our blogs and photographs when the disaster happened.
That said, the 7.8 magnitude quake in Nepal is a major disaster for a country with very little wealth to support recovery.
I personally encourage everyone who wants to become involved to start with a donation for relief. Yes, there are other ways become involved, and, simply, money can have a rapid and positive impact.
Here are two options:
- Mercy Corps (I’ve worked with these folks professionally, including some of the Nepal country staff. They do good work.) has active programs in Nepal, and deep experience in international disaster relief: https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/survivors-need-your-help-now
- The American Red Cross also has had long standing programs in Nepal: https://www.redcross.org/combined-donate?donationProdId=prod9150029
Is there a call to action here beyond give? Yes.
Get on your travel shoes and responsibly visit World Heritage Sites. Now. While they are still here.
Can they be rebuilt? Should they be rebuilt? These two questions, and their philosophical kin are important, especially for the people of Nepal, whose economy is highly dependent on tourism.
Instead of splitting hairs about the value of visiting a copy of the Taj Mahal, we’re recommending that you go visit the real Taj Mahal in Agra. Experience your heritage.
You will find the experience enriching, unquestionably.
And the people nearby your chosen site will be enriched, unquestionably.
Still wrestling with what to write about Nepal, given that places and people we visited last week are now dust,