From the collective experiences of volunteers, community and youth organizers, Sujeev Shakya and the Nepal Economic Forum are developing a Disaster Relief Portal. The purpose is to collect response experiences and matrix best approaches to help communities face these challenges in the future. Climate disruption in our fragile ecology of the Himalayas will cause more natural disasters and this information is invaluable in preparing for the next response.
Many of the volunteer organizers have noted how when international agencies came into the crisis, they themselves did not know how to address practical issues. Many of the volunteers are themselves business leaders in Nepal. "We deal with crisis every day," explained one. "So when addressing this crisis, how to organize, what to do next, where to go and how to deal with local conditions, we knew much better than the international donors and teams that arrived in Nepal. In the end, they needed our help."