How Canadians can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

Watch above: Jill Croteau looks at how local agencies can help earthquake victims.

Several charities and aid groups rushing to mobilize emergency responses to rush humanitarian and rescue aid to the areas devastated by the earthquake, which has killed more than 4,000 people.

WATCH ABOVE: Aerial view of damage in both Kathmandu and the epicentre of the quake near the Gorkha district.

Below is a look at humanitarian efforts under way in Nepal and how to donate:

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The U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, has said it is mobilizing aid for children and families affected by the earthquake on Saturday. In a release, UNICEF said it has prepositioned supplies, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and nutrition supplies, and is working with the Nepalese government to protect children’s health and nutrition.
To donate to UNICEF, click here.


Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, said four teams would leave Sunday morning for Nepal from Bihar state in India, where the charity has worked since 2007 and which is close to the Nepal border. The organization is also sending in 3,000 kits including medical supplies.

To donate to Doctors Without Borders click here.


The International Committee for the Red Cross says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society and has a team working on emergency response.

To donate, call 1-800-418-1111 or click here.

WATCH: Canada prepares to help after devastating Nepal earthquake


Save the Children says it has staff in 63 districts and emergency kits, hygiene materials and tarpaulins already in Nepal and ready for distribution. Additional supplies and emergency recovery teams are being flown in.

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To donate, click here.


The Christian aid organization is on the ground assessing the disaster in Nepal and is also seeking donations. Click here.


CARE Canada has more than 150 staff in Nepal working to helpd survivors find food, water and shelter, the relief agency said in a statement. CARE workers are building temporary shelters, providing ready-to-eat meals, setting up toilets and purifying water for those displaced by the quake.

To donate to CARE’s relief efforts, click here.

WATCH BELOW: Footage of injured outside hospital after massive earthquake in Nepal


Oxfam says its team in Nepal is assessing needs and it is sending emergency food, water and sanitation supplies. “Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off,” country director Cecilia Keizer says in a statement.

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To donate to OXFAM, click here.


The U.N. World Food Program says logistics and emergency response teams have arrived in Kathmandu.

Click here to donate.


Mercy Corps warns that prices for essential supplies in Nepal are rising quickly. The group says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society to help distribute essential household supplies, shelter kits and tarpaulins. Mercy Corps has 90 staffers on the ground in Nepal, some of whom have lost their homes in the quake.

To donate to Mercy Corps, click here.


Habitat for Humanity has dispatched disaster response teams to Kathmandu. The teams are coordinating with local government agencies and disaster relief partners to assemble and distribute emergency shelter kits.

Click here to donate.


The Salvation Army is currently in Nepal responding to urgent needs of the provision of shelter and clean water.

Click here to donate.

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Shaw Media, the parent company of Global News, is matching contributions up to $100,000 by employees to the Canadian Red Cross.

Shaw customers are also able to make long distance calls to Nepal at no cost until May 25. Shaw is also providing free access to ATN NDTV 24/7 for local coverage through to May 6.

Other phone companies, including Rogers and Telus, are also allowing their customers free long-distance calls.

Bell has pledged $100,000 to Red Cross Canada.


A fundraiser to raise money for Handicap International to support wounded and vulnerable victims of the earthquake.

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