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Nepal earthquake: "5000 schools destroyed and thousands more damaged" We CAN make a difference!
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A UNICEF spokesman said: "Children make up half of Nepal's population. We fear loss of life and great devastation to children's lives, as homes and schools are destroyed."


Aftershocks and the fear of disease are causing panic. Millions of people are homeless and living in temporary shelters or in the open. Disaster relief teams are involved in every way imaginable though much needed supplies are still being withheld due to bureaucratic red tape.


The horrific effects of the Nepal earthquake are being dealt with on an hour-by-hour basis. But the tremors that caused devastation across the South Asian country will also have devastating long-term consequences for its education system.

Thousands of schools were damaged or destroyed by the 7.8 earthquake on April 25 and the aftershocks that continue the terror, the shock and the helplessness of the survivors. The destruction has caused the closure of all Nepalese state-run and private schools for the next two weeks at least as the immediate crisis is dealt with.

More than 16,000 public and private schools - about half of the country's total - have been damaged, according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Asia and the Pacific.

Joint Secretary Hari Prasad Lamsal, spokesperson at Nepal's Ministry of Education, said: "A majority of schools that were destroyed are older than 50 years and were built out of mud and mortar." University World News reported that an estimated 5000 primary and secondary school buildings had been completely destroyed.

What can - What should we do?

It is essential that emergency goods and services reach people who desperately need help as quickly as possible. Monetary contributions let relief staff purchase needed goods locally, which saves valuable time and transportation costs. Goods are often less expensive when they are purchased locally, and these purchases also help the local economy.

The best way for Canadians to help people affected by the Nepal earthquake is to donate money to a recognized Canadian or international humanitarian or development organization that is responding to the earthquake. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between April 25 and May 25, 2015, in response to the Nepal earthquake, the Government of Canada will contribute one dollar to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.

The government will use the money set aside for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian and development organizations, using established Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) channels and procedures.

Making a donation to be matched by the Government of Canada through the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund


For individuals

Follow these steps to make a donation to a registered Canadian charity responding to the needs of those affected by the earthquake:
  1. Identify the charity to which you want to give. To select a charity, if you do not have one in mind, a good starting point is to check news reports on the humanitarian assistance efforts in response to the Nepal earthquake. This information, in addition to the charity’s answers to the questions at the bottom of this page, will help give you a sense of the situation on the ground and identify those organizations involved in relief activities.

  2. Verify that the organization is a registered Canadian charity according to the Canada Revenue Agency.

  3. Make your donation between April 25 and May 25, 2015. If you are donating by cheque, make your cheque payable to the registered charity, not to an individual and not to the Government of Canada. If you are donating online, make sure that your online payment is secure.

  4. Verify that the charity receiving the donation will declare it to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada by June 12, 2015.

  5. For individuals fundraising on behalf of corporations, organizations and groups

  6. Donations made on behalf of corporations, organizations or groups are eligible for matching Government of Canada donations if the donations are raised by individuals and do not come from the existing resources of the corporation, organization or group.

For example, if an individual belonging to a group or organization, such as a school, organizes an event involving students and staff, the proceeds of that event are eligible for matching by the Government of Canada if they are donated by the individual organizer to a registered Canadian charity on behalf of the individual's school or organization. Any contribution that the corporation, organization or group adds to the amount raised in the fundraising activity or event is not eligible for matching.

Follow these steps to ensure that donations raised through fundraising events are eligible for matching by the government:
  1. Verify that the organization you have selected is a registered Canadian charity according to the Canada Revenue Agency. Not sure? Click HERE

  2. Ensure that all donations made by individual Canadians are transferred to the registered Canadian charity between April 25 and May 25, 2015.

  3. Declare yourself to the registered charity as an individual making a donation on behalf of a corporation, organization or group.

  4. Verify that the charity receiving the donations will declare them to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada by June 12, 2015.

  5. Charitable organizations receiving donations for the purposes of earthquake relief efforts will use the funds they have raised for relief, early recovery or reconstruction activities in the affected areas or will forward them to another organization that can deliver assistance. These organizations are accountable for the use of the funds they receive.

Considerations for selecting a charity

It is important for Canadians to make informed decisions about how their donations will be used. To ensure your donation can be matched by the Government of Canada to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, you should determine that the charity in question intends to use the funds for relief efforts in the affected areas and that it will declare the funds to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Some registered Canadian charities will be collecting funds for the disaster response, and some will not.

To select the charity that best represents how you would like to contribute, here are some questions to consider:
  • How is the charity contributing to the relief efforts in response to the Nepal earthquake?
  • How will the charity use your donation to help the people affected by the earthquake?
  • Is the charity conducting its own relief efforts on the ground in response to the earthquake?
  • Has the charity worked in areas affected by the earthquake? What did it do, and for how long did it work there?
  • If the charity has never worked in these areas, what experience does it have in carrying out humanitarian assistance in other developing countries?
  • If the charity is not working in areas affected by the Nepal earthquake, where would your donation go?