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How You Can Help the People of Nepal Recover from the Earthquake


Nepal Earthquake, Outside Shechen Monastery

Living outdoors at Shechen Monastery

As you probably know, Nepal has been devastated by a massive 7.9 earthquake.

Thousands are dead and thousands are living outside. As the tremors continue, it’s unsafe to be inside.  Some buildings have been virtually demolished and others heavily damaged.

The people of Nepal are faced with serious challenges including maintaining an adequate supply of water and food, and restoring electricity. Medical needs and trauma also top the list.  Trauma may be compounded for some individuals due to the innumerable aftershocks which occur after a significant earthquake like this one as well as the unimaginable loss involved.

4 Ways You Can Help the People of Nepal

Naturally, we’re all shocked when such an incredible travesty takes place anywhere in the world and spontaneously want to help. Here are 4 ways you can help the people of Nepal, which includes many Tibetans who live there now after fleeing Tibet due to the Chinese Occupation.


Please donate whatever you can.  This article contains a list of legitimate Nepal Earthquake Relief efforts, where you can safely send donations and know that they will be put to good use.

How You Can Help Nepal After the Earthquake

Stay Informed and Share

Stay informed about the needs of the people living in Nepal. Share whatever you learn on social media so others will be inspired to help.

This is how Karuna-Shechen is helping thousands of people who are homeless and sleeping outside the monastery.

How We Are Helping in Nepal So Far

Pray or Send Love

Please think of all those effected by [the] earthquake near Kathmandu, Nepal. Please pray strongly for those who have died, but also for those who are living—all those who are injured, shocked or suffering—and for what lies ahead for them. May help and support of all kinds directly reach those who need it in time: quickly, effectively, and without any delay or obstacle. Along with your prayers, please also consider helping practically in whatever ways you can. – Sogyal Rinpoche

Whatever you faith or inclination, send your love, positive thoughts, and prayers to Nepal.  It does make a difference.

In Tibetan Buddhism, it’s customary to pray for the dead for 49 days.  Each evening, I’m saying prayers to the Buddha of Compassion for those who have died, using the mantra of compassion:  Om Mani Pémé Hung.  This is how the mantra is pronounced by Tibetans.  I’m also doing prayers directed to removing obstacles for the quake survivors and all those who are helping them.

But you don’t have to do formal prayers to have an effect.  Open your heart and send your love.

Calm Your Mind and Heart

If you feel in a state of distress about the earthquake and its aftermath, which is fully understandable, it may help to read my friend Joy Holland’s article.

Blessings, Prayers, and Good Energy to Nepal and 6 Tips to Help You Process the News of the Nepal Earthquake

I have a special affinity for Nepal.  Boudhanath in particular felt like home to me when I visited there years ago.  Many of my spiritual teachers live in Nepal and head-up monasteries and nunneries there.  I’m relieved to know they are safe although there has been damage to some monasteries and nunneries.  I’m inspired by how they are opening up the grounds around their monasteries to all those in need.

Please help in whatever way you can.  Many blessings to you!

Thank you for reading!  If you have a moment please share this message on social media, I would be deeply grateful.  May you be well, happy, and safe. With love, Sandra


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  1. Love your kindness Sandra…’Open your heart and send your love.’ is so inspiring! I join you in prayers as well as love. Thanks for a lovely message.

    • Thank you, Balroop! It all becomes so simply if we can remember to drop into our heart. But, I know it’s not automatic, it takes a certain kind of view and practice. Be well!

  2. In November 2013, the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall devastated the central part of the Philippines. We lost more than 7000 of our countrymen in a matter of seconds. With the help of so many people from all over the world, the people of the Visayas are recovering. The road to recovery is long, the memories painful, but healing is possible.
    Sending love….

    • Thanks for sharing your story of hope and healing, Rosanna. I’m sure it will encourage others. It really helps that we have the capacity to help people in major crisis like this wherever they are in the world.

  3. Love this! It’s so easy to put it out of mind because it’s not close to home, but it’s so important to do whatever we can!

    • I’m glad it resonates for you, Carissajade. I understand what you mean, it’s easy to go on with life as usually. I’m inspired that you fee it’s important to do whatever you can!

  4. Thank you for reminding us that even in the midst of all of this pain and devastation, our prayers are still very important and effective. I will also pray for the dead, Sandra, as well as those who are still alive and struggling with physical, psychological and spiritual issues. Joy’s article was wonderful, as well, and I thank you for sharing that, too.

    • You’re welcome, Jean! It’s easy to think we can’t make a difference, but I feel like our prayers are drops in the ocean – they add up! I thought Joy’s article was amazing too.

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