News: Nepal Library Relief Fund

6.9.15 –  Nepal Library Relief Fund

The American Library Association is partnering with READ Global (Rural Education and Development) libraries, other NGOs and other government organizations in Nepal to collect monetary donations, which will be sent to continue leading the relief effort. The Nepal Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in Nepal that were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake on April 25, 2015, followed by a series of aftershocks including one of 7.3 magnitude on May 12.

Donate to the Nepal Library Relief Fund

Credit card: Please visit the ALA Development Office page (1. click on the GIVEALA logo, 2. Enter your ALA Login number and password or create a new record, 3. Go to “Fund Categories”, 4. Click on “ALA Major Initiatives”, 5. Scroll down to ‘Nepal Library Relief Fund’, 6. Enter amount you wish to donate, 6. If finished, click the ‘Checkout’ box, 7. Review your transaction, 8. Click on “Add to basket”, 9. Click on “Proceed with Checkout”, 10. Enter your credit card information, 11. Click on ‘Complete Order’)

Information on affected libraries in Nepal:

READ Center in Kumari Village, Nuwakot District. – This library is one of the most severely damaged as it was very close to the epicenter and will almost certainly need to be rebuilt. Reconstruction costs are anticipated to be $50k-$75K and possibly higher than that.

 

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  1. Lisa Clark

    Do you know if there are funded opportunities for in person help rebuilding the library?

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    • Hi Lisa,

      To my knowledge there are no NGO opportunities as of yet but that might change once the higher priorities of shelter and medical are sorted out. Two sites to monitor are DEVEX, a site which lists NGO opportunities including ones for librarians, and Room to Read which sponsors libraries in many locations including Nepal. Room to Read currently has open a Programs Operations Director job in Nepal. Also, this might be a good crowdfunding cause (see Indiegogo and/or Fundly). Sarah P.

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