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Nepal Earthquake: Canadian charities help survivors with food, water, shelter

A number of charities are accepting donations from Canadians for Nepal earthquake relief. Here is a list of some of the agencies taking donations.

Canadian government matching donations to registered charities dollar for dollar until May 25th

Canadian disaster teams are on the ground in Nepal, helping with relief efforts for the thousands of people left injured and homeless after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit last weekend.

"The big need on the ground is to deal with shelter, food and water," Matthew Colling with the BC/Yukon branch of the Canadian Red Cross told The Early Edition's Elaine Chau.

"It's raining, it's in the middle of the monsoon season, so we're working to make sure we can provide adequate shelter. And of course, people are hungry, and they're in need of clean drinking water. A lot of the resources right now are dedicated to those emergency needs."

Colling said the organization relies on donations from Canadians to do its work.

"Dollars are often needed to help rebuild infrastructure, to help people rebuild their homes, and when you've basically lost that. When you've lost that ability to have a home and a safe place for family, that's where we can help out."

Beyond getting medical help to those injured, the need that affects most people is the need for a home.

"Right now, some of our tents are being used as medical centres in Kathmandu, so people can be receiving medical treatment, as most of the hospitals have been condemned," said Stephanie Christensen with Shelterbox Canada.

"We are also looking at getting shelter kits, which is a tarp and tools into the city as there is not much room for tents, and then providing full tents in the more rural areas."

There are a number of other organizations accepting donations for Nepal. Here are some of the other agencies taking donations from Canadians.

The Canadian government announced Monday that it will match donations by Canadians to registered charities doing work in Nepal dollar-for-dollar until May 25. The matching will be retroactive to when donations first started streaming in on Saturday.

With files from Elaine Chau.