Hundreds of people have been killed by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday morning. The death toll of more than 1,200 people continues to rise as search and rescue efforts are underway in Kathmandu and across the country.
Designer Prabal Gurung, who was born in Singapore and raised in Nepal, is asking people to donate to his organization, Shikshya Foundation Nepal, to help provide medical support, search and rescue services, emergency shelters, and food and water to local populations.
"People are still trapped under collapsed buildings in Kathmandu," Gurung wrote in an open letter, "and there is no way to accurately guess how many are in need throughout the other cities and thousands of villages at this time."
Your donations will go through Gurung's organization, which will distribute funds accordingly based on the latest needs on the ground. Located between India and China, Nepal is one of the most progressive countries in Asia for LGBTQ rights -- it recognizes a "third gender" for its transexual citizens, has a gay Pride march, and a powerful same-sex marriage advocacy movement.