Do the donations for the relief funds actually reach the person who really needs it?
I think this will answer the question quite well. This is a petition written by a Nepalese website Khumbule.com » Bringing Together Nepali & Tibetan Communities! and addresses the international aid organizations.To: International aid organisations, foreign governments and individual donors.Dear Sir/Madam,Subject: Suggestion on effective disaster relief fund mobilisation.Sir/MadamWith reference to the subject matter above, I am writing on behalf of all Nepalese people. Nepal, a poor Himalayan nation, is grieving its worst natural disaster in last eight decades. The monster 7.8 richter scale earthquake that hit the nation on 25th of April has put millions of people in very vulnerable condition. People in and around the quake affected areas are in desperate need of help. Any sort of help from clean drinking water, food, shelter to medicine. And the list goes on. We have seen the entire world has come together to get the much- needed relief to the victims. However, relief has not and will not get to the needy ones unless there is a reliable and trustworthy distribution channel. People CAN NOT and DO NOT trust the corrupt government officials, Political parties( all of them) and even public service workers. Who have a extremely bad public image due to their involvement in corruption. They have built enormous wealth for themselves via corruption while pushing the country in to ever increasing debt. There is no transparency on government expenditure. Which facilitates these corrupt officials to funnel the nation’s budget as well as foreign aid budget to fund their luxury lifestyle. We can blame the corrupt agencies and officials as much as we like but general public’s ignorance to corruption issue and their resistance to change their leaders is also a major contributing factor.I do not believe this is the right time to start a blame game but in this very difficult time, every well spent dollar can save lives. Having said that, my only request is that PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not ever hand over the humanitarian and disaster relief supplies and cash to the Nepalese government agencies. Disaster relief fund as well as other logistic supplies will make a huge impact if they are distributed through International aid agencies. This is the only way that will guarantee every dollar and every item donated will get to those who needed it the most. Nepalese history shows that hardly any corrupt person gets penalised for his or her wrong doing. In fact they have been protected by the government officials due to their vested interest. Which means they will never learn a lesson. But we can definitely learn a lesson or two and make a wise decision to NOT hand over the aid supplies and budget to them.I would like to thank you all on behalf of all Nepalese people for your kindness and generosity during this difficult time.Thank youYour’s Faithfully,www.khumbule.comSo, to answer your question, you should send in the funds and the relief supplies through a proper channel. If you are donating through charity, ensure that the organization is NOT handing over the amount/relief supplies to the Nepalese Government. You have to choose a proper and a trustworthy channel so that the aid reaches the victims and does not end up in the hands of corrupt middle men.