Think Nepal: Help if You Can

Nepalese children

Nepalese children from tours-tv.com

It was less than 3 months ago when I wrote a short article about Nepal possibly being the 1st country in Asia to legalize marriage equality, something which would be a totally modern thing to do in a country so poor and underdeveloped.

Now, legalizing marriage equality is probably the last thing on their minds as they continue to dig themselves out of one of the worst earthquakes to hit the region in a long time, causing thousands of dead and injured within Nepal, as well as parts of surrounding India and China.

In some ways, the Nepalese approach to life and death, and in this case, tragedy, are very different than that of most westerners. Some might say their outlook is stoically admirable in a general sense.

The overwhelming majority of the people in Nepal practice Hinduism, with beliefs in karma (action, intent, and consequences), Dharma (duties, ethics), Samsara (the continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), and Moksha (liberation from samsara or liberation in this life), as well as the various Yogas (ways to attain Moksha).

Nevertheless, a tragedy is a tragedy, and we, as a global community, owe it to them (Dharma), and to ourselves (karma), to help our fellow humans whenever and wherever we can, with donations, large or small, with whatever we can afford. Please give if you can. Below is a link where you can choose for which organizations you would like to donate.

Traveling to Nepal as both an unskilled person and even a skilled person, without any organization or infrastructure, is not recommended, as you may only get in the way and make the situation worse. (Groups of doctors sometimes travel to disaster areas without any way of feeding themselves.)

The best and sure-bet way to help is to send money. Give to any reputable charity that is on the ground right now. Click on the link below to donate. The ones I personally donate to, who I think are doing immediate relief efforts are, Doctors Without Borders, Mercy Corps, Red Cross, & PayPal (for easy and fast giving directly to their disaster relief fund for which they waive all fees), all of whom can be found at the New York Times’ Nepal Disaster Relief link:

How to Help the Relief Effort in Nepal

Thank you for your kind giving, now, and in the future.

[I have chosen to show Nepalese children as a sign of hope, faith and endurance, instead of disaster images we are continually seeing.]

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Former US Marine who worked for the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and was invited to Washington by the White House for the signing of the repeal. He also has been an active advocate in the Idaho LGBT community's effort to Add the Words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act. He was a writer for and Editor of sfgam.com. Currently, he writes for and is the Editor/Content Manager of peppii.com.
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