In the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, April 25, many wireless phone carrier services are offering free calls and texts to Nepal as well as the option of texting to donate to relief efforts. Texting to donate is a fast and easy way to offer monetary aid to a country in crisis. Simply text the given word or code and a set amount will be deducted from your monthly bill. Below is a list of carriers currently offering free text-to-donate services for disaster victims in Nepal.
AT&T will not charge customers for text messages or International long distance usage from AT&T phones from the U.S. to Nepal from April 25, 2015 through May 16, 2015. Customers looking to provide assistance to those in need can text-to-donate to the organizations below. Donations sent via text-to-donate are added to a customers’ monthly wireless bill.
UNICEF: text “NEPAL” to 864233 to make a $10 donation
Save the Children: text “NEPAL” to 20222 to make a $10 donation
World Vision: text “NEPAL” to 777444 to make a $10 donation
HOPE Worldwide: text “HOPEWW” to 80077 to make a $10 donation
Operation USA: text “AID” to 50555 to make a $10 donation
World Food Program USA: text “AID” to 27722 to make a $10 donation
Global Giving: text “GIVE NEPAL” to 80088 to make a $10 donation
T-Mobile Simple Choice customers with Simple Global will get data roaming fees in Nepal waived through May 16, and any data usage since Saturday, April 25 will be credited. For those interested in helping immediately, T-Mobile customers can simply text-to-donate in support of the following charities’ Nepalese disaster relief efforts. Your donation will be charged to your T-Mobile phone bill, and 100% of this donation goes directly to the charity.
Save the Children – Text NEPAL to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children
UNICEF – Text NEPAL to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF
World Vision – Text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10 to World Vision
Sprint is waiving and crediting calls and text messages made by Sprint customers to Nepal – retroactive from April 25 and continuing through May 16, 2015. Calling and texting to Nepal without charges applies to all postpaid and prepaid customers of Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA. Additionally, Sprint will waive standard text-messaging fees for various Nepal disaster-relief short codes and mobile-donation campaigns starting today until May 16, including:
Red Cross Disaster Relief Program – Text “REDCROSS” to “90999” to donate $10.
UN World Food Program – Text “WFP” to “50555” to donate $10.
Save the Children – Text “NEPAL” to “20222” to donate $10.
UNICEF – Text “NEPAL” to “864233” to donate $10.
UN World Food Program USA – Text “AID” to “27722” to donate $10.