There was a catastrophic earthquake in Nepal today. The death toll is in the hundreds and rapidly rising, and the number of injured is in the thousands. This tragic situation continues to unfold, as aftershocks hit the region and more information is shared.
It seems that every time there is a major disaster or tragedy, there are people who try to capitalize on it by buying associated domain names. In the case of the recent earthquake in Nepal, I want to share one important domain name registration that is going to help people who have been hard hit by the earthquake and in need of assistance: NepalEarthquakeRelief.com.
If you visit NepalEarthquakeRelief.com, you’ll see that it forwards to ShikshyaFoundationNepal.org, a non-profit organization in Nepal. A Whois search shows that NepalEarthquakeRelief.com was registered today by Jeffrey Wolfe, who is one of the founders of Crowdrise, a startup that uses crowdsourcing to raise money for good causes.
I reached out to Wolfe for a comment about the domain name registration and fundraising efforts, and here’s what he had to say:
“We’re working hard to help. NepalEarthquakeRelief.com, the domain you are writing about, goes directly to http://shikshyafoundationnepal.org, an amazing organization helping in Nepal. According to their fundraiser, they will distribute the funds to the greatest need on the ground. We do have a page on CrowdRise where people can help rescue and relief efforts in Nepal. All funds are unrestricted and will go to the area of greatest need according to each charity partner.”
At the time of this article, the Crowdrise fundraiser has raised over $11,000. I expect this number to continue to rise in the coming hours and days as people continue to learn about the earthquake in Nepal. I am very happy to see that NepalEarthquakeRelief.com was registered by someone who is using it to help people who have been impacted by the earthquake.