To The Daily Sun,
Many in our community may be wondering where they can contribute funds to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake. Adventist Development and Relief Agency(ADRA), part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has facilities for emergency all over the world, including near Nepal.
Independent analysis of how efficiently charity organizations use the funds donated to them show ADRA rating higher even than Red Cross. Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) gives ADRA an overall rating of 91.90, while they give Red Cross 85.25. The percent of ADRA's total expenses spent on services it delivers is 93.2 percent, while at Red Cross it is 90.4 percent.
ADRA Nepal is already responding with plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, and relief supplies from the ADRA network are already en route. An additional ten ADRA Emergency Response Team members from several countries are on their way to Nepal to assist the local office with coordination and continued relief efforts.
The current response is focusing on shelter while looking ahead to additional assistance in food, water, and health care to prevent the spread of disease in the wake of the disaster.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been operating a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal since 1960. Today, Scheer Memorial Hospital has evolved into a three-story facility licenced for 150-beds, that provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient services. Reports following the earthquake say that the hospital has come through almost completely unscathed. Only one wall in the old section has a crack in it. Of course, the hospital is now flooded with victims of the tragedy. Hospital staff are thankful to have their facility intact to help as many as possible.
To donate to ADRA's relief efforts in Nepal, you can go to their website: adra.org or call 1-800-424-ADRA (2372) or send a check to 12501 Old Columbia Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904.
Pastor Cliff Gleason
Concord and Laconia Seventh-day Adventist Churches
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