By Tadhg Walker
Following Nepal’s deadliest natural disaster in over 80 years crowdfunding websites have been quickly utilised to direct aid to those in need. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through the country, leaving ruin and enormous loss. The UN estimates that at least 8 million people are affected with the death toll currently sitting at over 7000 and rising.
Global coverage of the disaster has been immediate. Sixteen nations have already rushed search and rescue teams to Nepal to help with the devastation, while many other nations have teams waiting and are pledging tens of millions in donations. Many more people want to help but do not have the skills or capacity to travel directly to Nepal to participate. People are turning to crowdfunding websites as they are uniquely placed to get support and funds to where they are needed.