INGOs, NGOs, Social Organizations, Charities, Aid Agencies, etc., whichever title it carries or is classified under, to donate or not makes a worthwhile extensive evaluation and research. We hear, see and read about their goodwill and humanity over their websites and the news, and from the supporters. Behind the presentation, there may be a completely different story to it - the reality. In the name of Nepal Earthquake and help the victims, these organizations pledge urgently for donations to support their humanitarian aid. Sounds good to most, it seems. Yet for those of us who are in Nepal, and have been following up with the earthquake relief efforts, we see and experience a nearly opposite scenario from their presentations of vows to do and mission.
We personally have known a number of earthquake victims and their quake-hit villages whom have received very little to no aid. Neither the government nor any relief team has given them any attention. A foreign friend, Kayu, has spent considerable amount of months in Nepal and she has many experiences to tell on her contacts with NGOs, those of both international and local. In the earthquake aftermath of April 25th, 2015, she has requested for humanitarian aid to a heavily hit rural village, where all houses are either destroyed or irreparably damaged. Either no response or rejection was the outcome – cold shoulders, in other words. The same applied to a local friend from this village, an earthquake victim, whom has appealed to aid agencies for relief support – all either ignored or refused him. For example, a well-reputed local social organization, who has received publicity and praise for their relief works in the media as well as large sum of donations from its overseas chapters, is far from the reality of their presumed generosity towards quake affected people. This friend was given a hard time when he contacted this organization. They demanded him in order to receive any aid from them, he must personally submit authorized legal documents to their office in Kathmandu along with bringing several quake victims and arrange for self transportation of relief supplies (at the victims’ own expense). These demands are obviously unreasonable and illegitimate, and impossible to be met. Other than lives, people in this friend’s village, including him, have lost homes and nearly everything to the fatal seconds on April 25th. This is not the only NGO who made unreasonable demand, so did a number of others – a suspicious intention of ridding the victims to receive direct aid.
How much truth goes with “ In the name of Nepal Earthquake Relief or Nepal Earthquake Victims, we appeal for donation to help them?” Supporters neither demand NGOs to provide proof of disaster relief plan or agenda nor to ask for the organization to directly go to them in order to receive the contribution. Donors entrust funds to NGOs to conduct humanitarian works in reasonable matter. Then, why do some, in return, act inappropriately towards the earthquake victims in Nepal?
We do not assume all NGOs are alike in the way they progress their mission, but we based what we know on our experiences and understandings of the situations in Nepal. How much of the generous donations directly go to the aid of earthquake victims in Nepal are questionable? Perhaps donors are to be reminded there is such thing as overhead and administrative costs involved for majority of the NGOs. Workers, staffs, the heads and so forth are paid, and the operational and logistics costs don’t go free either.
These are nothing new, but are points ought to be repeatedly brought up to remind people to take more cautious of whom and what they supporting. A recent news commentary and its image say it all, and while there may be criticisms to it, yet the contents make plenty of sense in depth. It brings an interesting thought of how donations should be used more wisely towards helping those in dire needs.
Commentary: INGOs, show us your numbers
Imagine a monthly spending of 20million USD solely on paying the salary, accommodation, transportation and other miscellaneous costs for presence of +2000 UN/NGOs consultants and international experts in Nepal during earthquake aftermath? Not to the mention the fact that, according to local news and the in and out scenes of upscale hotels, these individuals and international aid workers have stayed in 5-star accommodations.
Reality of generous donations to INGOs/NGOs for Nepal earthquake may be more shocking than what is already known.