Helping Nepal

If any of you are wondering how to help people in Nepal right now, there are a few ways

  1. You can send things by airplanes - they do it now for free to Kathmandu and probably other Nepali airports. Stuff might not be delivered to the right people, though - I am checking now what is the situation, and maybe if we could get it out of the airport if well addressed. You can in case put on the boxes my name (Natalia Skoczylas) and the name of Sunoj Shreshta, and send me confirmation that something has been sent and when it is expected to come. Airport is very close, I can come pick it up. And a lot of it gets stuck in the airports. Things needed are tents, water filters,medicine, blankets, torches, solar batteries, chargers, and people: medical care, rescue specialists, specialists who can evaluate if the building is liable or not.
  1. Send money and things to this address - this is not a scam, but people i know and started working with, they’re right now in one of the affected villages. Also, most probably, we together will be leaving for a mission to another small town in Nepal this week by jeep - and this requires some funds. If you write in the title of the transfer to this account Slovenian/Polish mission, I will use the money to spend it on supplies for those people.

Account Holder: Sunoj Das Shrestha

Ac No: 00105080295055 Nepal Investment Bank, Branch: Kings’ Way [Head office]

Swift Code : NIBLNPKT


Prafulla Kunja 582

Pashupati Road, Gyaneshwar,


Nepal 00977012412624


Please share this information.

I just came back from a volunteer village in Kathmandu and all i can say is that even though the situation is actually getting better each hour, the chaos in coordination is unbelievable. There is a lot of people who want to help and do not get things to do for hours. Wish I had some medical background right now, because these guys have plenty of work.

The last aftershocks took place last night, around 22, forcing me out of my place for yet another night. It looks that I overslept quite a lot of smaller earthquakes these days, which is a good sign:) There is a great spirit here, people help each other, smile a lot, keep the sense of humor and try their best to help. There is  plenty of food in shops (this doesn’t help much those who are left with no home and money outside, though), and the biggest problem is that most of the shopkeepers are scared to re-open due to the bad state of the buildings. There is also a campaign to change it. Bad news is that maybe the shaking is not over yet, and it rains quite a bit since two days, and soon this all might lead to a spread of diseases. So far let’s be optimistic. I gained a lot of strength from the last four days - it feels like I’ve been here forever, though. I will write something bigger soon.

Stay safe

… and keep up the good work. We’ll continue to support from home, as best we can.

Also remote support!

Another Way to Help Humanitarian Efforts in Nepal: Start Mapping

“You don’t need to be in Nepal to lend a hand (the OSM platform uses fresh satellite imagery to help you update their map), and you don’t need to be a professional cartographer, either. It helps if you’ve used OSM before, even if only to play around with mapping your own neighborhood. But if you haven’t, learning the basics isn’t too hard. Here are two step-by-step guides that will show you how to do HOT remote mapping, and here’s a specific list of tasks that the HOT team is prioritizing in Nepal.”

Lots of OSM people in the community, so thought it was worth sharing.

Thank you for the updates and please stay safe.

Second that

I did some crisis mapping during a recent flood in Sardinia. It’s really not that hard, with JOSM and patience. On Edgeryders, @simonecortesi  and @napo are both Jedi-level mappers, and I am sure they will be happy to help newbies get started.

in Dhading / Dandagaon

A group of 20 Romanians, one of which know and trust, are heading to this village 64 km West of Kathamandu, where as of yesterday there were 800 ppl homeless. They want to buy hundreds of blankets, tents and water filters.

Luckily, they’re already in touch with Natalia and Matthias, and UNDP I understand.