B’nai B’rith International has opened its Disaster Relief Fund to aid the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal that occurred on April 25. The earthquake struck some 50 miles northwest of Katmandu with a 7.8 magnitude and multiple violent aftershocks. The death toll has climbed to 3,500 and is predicted to grow even higher.
B’nai B’rith will also work with other agencies and coalitions to support the emergency, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts that will be needed as the situation unfolds.
Some of the funds raised will help support on-the-scene responders from IsraAID, which already has a team on the ground in Nepal. IsraAID, of which B’nai B’rith is a founding member, is a non-profit humanitarian organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long-term support to people in need, regardless of gender, race, religion or national borders.
“As I saw the news of the devastation reported on Saturday night, and saw these horrific images, I felt compelled to help. It doesn’t matter that it’s happening on the other side of the planet. Our fundraising efforts have a direct impact on assisting those affected,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.
Recently the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund supported victims and families of the terror attack in Kenya, as well as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. B’nai B’rith regularly assists with other projects in the wake of manmade and natural disasters, both domestic and international, and have done so since 1865.
“B’nai B’rith has always been an organization that has prioritized disaster relief and we will once again mobilize to see where we can help. It will be a long process for Nepal to return to any sense of normalcy and hopefully B’nai B’rith can make an impact in helping this nation along what will surely be a difficult journey,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
To help, donate online at our secure website by clicking here.
You can also call 800-573-9057 to make a credit card contribution over the phone. Or, you can send a check payable to the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund to:
B’nai B’rith International
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300 North
Washington, DC 20036
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