Thursday, May 21, 2015

Where Next for Nepal? | Sheetal Sharma

Where Next for Nepal? | Sheetal Sharma: "We still do not know the number of causalities in remote rural areas from the first earthquake. The new damage from the second earthquake to Nepal's infrastructure (roads, power cables, telephone masts, and internet links) means that the initial relief efforts will suffer a set-back.

We know from previous disasters in low-income countries such as Nepal that help will be slower to reach rural areas. We fear, with two earthquakes in relatively quick succession, the worst is yet to come for many poor people living in remote villages. Infrastructure in rural Nepal is rudimentary and government services, like health posts, are patchy. The health service provision was unreliable particularly in these areas, where access was hard even at the best of times."



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SDF medical relief team wraps up mission in Nepal | The Japan Times

SDF medical relief team wraps up mission in Nepal | The Japan Times: "KATHMANDU – The Self-Defense Forces’ medical relief team wrapped up its mission in earthquake-hit Nepal on Wednesday with a ceremony held at Tudikhel grounds in central Kathmandu.

During the event, Nepalese Health Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha and Nepal Army Maj. Gen. Kishore Jung Rana thanked the Japanese medical team as well as the country’s search and rescue team, which has already left Nepal, for its help in the aftermath of last month’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake."



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US military rescuers wind up relief ops | Top Stories

US military rescuers wind up relief ops | Top Stories: "KATHMANDU, MAY 21 - US military personnel, helping the Nepali authorities in relief operations after the devastating April 25 earthquake, will leave the country beginning Thursday after completing their mission."



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Competitive Religious Philanthropy in the Wake of the Nepali Earthquake | Religion Dispatches

Competitive Religious Philanthropy in the Wake of the Nepali Earthquake | Religion Dispatches: "e death toll in Nepal has surpassed 8,500, Reuters reported this week, making it the country’s deadliest earthquake on record. In the aftermath of the disaster, aid has come in many forms, although not nearly enough. As Cathleen Falsani reported here in RD, faith groups of all kinds were quick to arrive in the devastated capital.

But do religious groups engage seamlessly in humanitarianism in these contexts?"



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In Nepal, forgotten village receives food

In Nepal, forgotten village receives food: "For days on end, the villagers took turns sitting on the edge of the main road trying to get help. From the road, you couldn't even see their collapsed village up on the mountainside. They watched as big trucks of relief supplies passed them by, headed to larger towns down the road."



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap helps Nepal earthquake response | Opensource.com

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap helps Nepal earthquake response | Opensource.com: " One interesting effort has been from the crowdsourced mapping community, especially on OpenStreetMap.org, a free and open web map of the world that anyone can edit (think the Wikipedia of maps.)

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), an NGO that works to train, coordinate, and organize mapping on OpenStreetMap for humanitarian, disaster response, and economic development, has mobilized "



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Relief workers, both Tulsans, meet by chance in Kathmandu, Nepal - Tulsa World: Local

Relief workers, both Tulsans, meet by chance in Kathmandu, Nepal - Tulsa World: Local: "Tulsa native Josh Simons was in a restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal, a few days after the devastating April 25 earthquake to meet with several other relief workers from different agencies when one of them mentioned that she was from Tulsa."



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Marines killed in Nepal crash were devoted to job, their families say - LA Times

Marines killed in Nepal crash were devoted to job, their families say - LA Times: "The six Marines who died in the crash of their UH-1Y Huey helicopter during a disaster relief mission in Nepal were from different parts of the United States: Nebraska, Southern California, Illinois, in addition to Kansas, Florida and Arizona.

But their families said they shared a devotion to their job and a sense that their mission, to bring supplies to desperate villagers in an earthquake-stricken country, was important."



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Friday, May 15, 2015

Oxfam Aims Nepal Appeal at Big N.Y. 'Net Conference - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Oxfam Aims Nepal Appeal at Big N.Y. 'Net Conference - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "With Nepal reeling from another major earthquake, Oxfam America is looking to maximize relief giving with mobile advertisements targeting some 50,000 digital-savvy participants at New York tech gathering next week, Mashable writes."



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Operation Playground | KaBOOM!

Operation Playground | KaBOOM!: "Through April 2015, KaBOOM!, alongside tens of thousands of volunteers, have built 174 playgrounds in the Gulf Coast, serving 293,929 kids."



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Nepal earthquake to 'Bruce Almighty' cat: Does crowdfunding help or hurt? | CBCNews.ca Mobile

Nepal earthquake to 'Bruce Almighty' cat: Does crowdfunding help or hurt? | CBCNews.ca Mobile: "GoFundMe currently hosts more than 800 individual campaigns for Nepal Earthquake relief, many of which are run by people rather than registered charities and wouldn't be subject to any regulations.

"Surely the charities that already have experience in the area are better equipped to manage this," Wyman argued.

For example, the Red Cross mobilized its emergency field hospital with doctors, nurses and medical technicians within 48 hours of the earthquake. Larkin says that's not something that can wait for a crowdfunding campaign."



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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Nepali embassy in Japan raises Rs 35 million | Capital

Nepali embassy in Japan raises Rs 35 million | Capital: "KATHMANDU, MAY 14 - The Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo has raised a total contribution of Rs 35 million or  37,439,081  to the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.  "



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Local nonprofits give aid in Nepal - Idaho Mountain Express Newspaper: Features

Local nonprofits give aid in Nepal - Idaho Mountain Express Newspaper: Features: " two Idaho nonprofit organizations with ties to the Wood River Valley are working on the ground in Nepal after a major earthquake struck near Kathmandu on April 25."



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Fundraising day for Nepal quake victims - Hinckley Times

Fundraising day for Nepal quake victims - Hinckley Times: "Two women who spent a month volunteering in Nepal are organising a fundraising day to help support victims of the recent earthquake.

Rose Allinson and Linda Flower, who run Hinckley’s Ten2 Gallery on Castle Street, are inviting people to join them tomorrow to give what they can to help the aid effort."



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ICT Raises 80,000 USD for Nepal Quake Victims

ICT Raises 80,000 USD for Nepal Quake Victims: "Washington DC based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and it's branch in Europe has collectively raised over eighty thousand dollars for the quake victims of the recent tragedy in Nepal."



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A new age of aid following Nepal quakes | Juneau Empire - Alaska's Capital City Online Newspaper

A new age of aid following Nepal quakes | Juneau Empire - Alaska's Capital City Online Newspaper: "eilani Schijvens will see exactly where her dollars go. She’ll see the exact cracked walls patched and the individual smiling faces of the home’s residents.

Shawn Eisele gets email updates from the doctor he’s sent money to, and she has Juneau roots."



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nepal: New Earthquake Hits Communities Struggling to Recover

Nepal: New Earthquake Hits Communities Struggling to Recover: "Posted May 12, 2015
Red Cross teams in Nepal are on high alert following today’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of Namche Bazaar, near the base of Mount Everest. Initial reports indicate that hundreds of homes have collapsed, many of which were already damaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25."



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The Director-General expresses her distress following the second powerful earthquake in Nepal and the rising death toll | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The Director-General expresses her distress following the second powerful earthquake in Nepal and the rising death toll | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: " wish to express my deepest sympathy to the government and the people of Nepal at this difficult time”, said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. "Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and neighboring countries, particularly the families of those killed and injured", she added."



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Ads will target Internet Week for Nepal donations

Ads will target Internet Week for Nepal donations: "New initiative will use targeted ads to raise money for Nepal earthquake relief"



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Splash | Nepal Earthquake

Splash | Nepal Earthquake: "Many of the 150 schools are becoming water-distribution points for earthquake victims within the most affected communities. And, after Nepal discovers the “new normal,” these safe water systems will continue to serve schools for years in the future. The technology survived the earthquakes, but many school buildings crumbled around the technology."



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The Nepali Students' Association bands together to provide disaster relief - The Daily Evergreen: News

The Nepali Students' Association bands together to provide disaster relief - The Daily Evergreen: News: "Days after the first natural disaster, WSU’s Nepali Students’ Association (NSA) met together as a community and began organizing ways to support both relief efforts in Nepal and local Pullman residents. Their efforts continue today as Nepal works to recover from the two disasters."



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Five companies that are helping Nepal's earthquake victims - Boston Business Journal

Five companies that are helping Nepal's earthquake victims - Boston Business Journal: "Nepal was hit yet again by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, just a few weeks after a devastating earthquake killed about 8,000 people in the same region.

Several Boston-area companies are helping in relief efforts for earthquake victims. Below, we've highlighted a few:"



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£50m in public donations to nepal | Daily Mail Online

£50m in public donations to nepal | Daily Mail Online: "Donations from the UK public to an appeal to help the victims of the Nepalese earthquake have reached £50 million."



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MSF: Engaging companies in operations also improves fundraising

MSF: Engaging companies in operations also improves fundraising: "Companies engaged in a charity's operational work could be more likely to donate, according to the head of mission at Medecins Sans Frontieres, which received a $14m donation from its partner Google to its Ebola appeal.

Ivan Gayton, head of mission at MSF, said that, while it was right that fundraising considerations should not impact on operational decisions when it came to delivering aid, “when you engage with people as operations partners it has a knock-back effect on fundraising”."



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Nepal Rattled by Powerful New Earthquake East of Capital - NYTimes.com

Nepal Rattled by Powerful New Earthquake East of Capital - NYTimes.com: "Since the April 25 quake, people across Nepal have feared another powerful one, in part because the first one left many buildings cracked and unstable. An American structural engineer who examined buildings in Bhaktapur, a city near Kathmandu, said that he believed one-third of the buildings he had seen would have to be demolished."



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Nepal suffers second major earthquake - BBC News

Nepal suffers second major earthquake - BBC News: "I can't believe there's been another big one'
Jessica Bloor from Shropshire, who works at the British School in Kathmandu, told the BBC: "Obviously we know what [earthquakes] feel like now. Luckily I was in an apartment which was well constructed and I just got under the coffee table and waited for it to be over.

"I've been into Kathmandu today and things seem to be a bit more normal now. There's people camping out still in the central park, but I can't quite believe there's been another big one.""



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Multiple earthquakes hit Nepal, tremors felt across North India - The Hindu

Multiple earthquakes hit Nepal, tremors felt across North India - The Hindu: "Live: Multiple earthquakes hit Nepal
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Another Powerful Earthquake Strikes Nepal : The Two-Way : NPR

Another Powerful Earthquake Strikes Nepal : The Two-Way : NPR: "The United States Geological Survey puts today's quake as close to the capital, Kathmandu, as the one two weeks ago.

"We're obviously hearing of buildings destroyed, buildings collapsed, buildings falling, we're hearing about casualties, but the numbers are not known yet," Jamie McGoldrick, Nepal resident coordinator for the United Nations Development Program, told The New York Times."



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Second major earthquake strikes Nepal

Second major earthquake strikes Nepal: "BHAKTAPUR, Nepal — A second major earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday just weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and injured a further 17,000 in this Himalayan country."



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Monday, May 11, 2015

Airmen aid Nepal victims: Andersen personnel join relief efforts | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com

Airmen aid Nepal victims: Andersen personnel join relief efforts | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com: "Airmen from Andersen Air Force Base landed in Nepal last week to assist in relief efforts in the earthquake-stricken South Asian country.

Thirty-four airmen with Andersen's 36th Contingency Response Group arrived in Nepal last Tuesday to support multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, according to the base public affairs office."



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Facebook Donate Button Raises $15 Million for Nepal - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Facebook Donate Button Raises $15 Million for Nepal - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A simple call to donate appearing in Facebook’s news feeds for one week raised more than $15 million from 754,000 people for relief efforts in earthquake-shattered Nepal, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday."



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Victims still spend nights out in open - The Nation

Victims still spend nights out in open - The Nation: "Two weeks since the devastating earthquake, the victims are yet to get relief materials from the government and most of them are taking shelter under the open sky.

Except for a few households, who are well connected with the political class, victims of Banskharka in Sindhupalchok are not getting any relief materials, local resident Nabin Lama told the Post over the phone.

Except for a few households in Wards No 2 and 3, hundreds of victims in the VDCs are awaiting relief including tent and food."



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Friday, May 08, 2015

Fundraising with purpose and transparency | The Seattle Times

Fundraising with purpose and transparency | The Seattle Times: "A group of Nepali students and faculty members is collecting money to help rebuild a small town largely destroyed in the recent earthquake."



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‘I wasn’t sure if we could make it out alive”: Singapore doctor caught in Nepal quake - Channel NewsAsia

‘I wasn’t sure if we could make it out alive”: Singapore doctor caught in Nepal quake - Channel NewsAsia: " 13-strong team from Singapore, co-led by medical doctor Dr Joshua Chua, had travelled to Nepal to work with local NGOs, but the devastating earthquake on Apr 25 almost turned their plans upside down."



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Mission Aviation Fellowship Reaching Isolated Areas of Nepal Hard-Hit by Quake

Mission Aviation Fellowship Reaching Isolated Areas of Nepal Hard-Hit by Quake: " Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has begun providing helicopter transportation to remote areas of Nepal hard-hit by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 25. MAF is also assisting authorities and relief agencies at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with ramp management and planning, cargo handling, warehousing logistics and coordination."



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Jerusalem seniors raise Nepal earthquake relief funds | The Times of Israel

Jerusalem seniors raise Nepal earthquake relief funds | The Times of Israel: "Retirement residence’s Nepali caregivers do what they can from Israel to support suffering families"



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Ohio State professor uses satellite images to aid Nepal relief effort | The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State professor uses satellite images to aid Nepal relief effort | The Columbus Dispatch: "But after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25, killing more than 7,000 people and injuring at least 14,000 more, Howat and one of his colleagues, a researcher at the University of Minnesota, realized that the technology they use could help relief efforts."



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Should You Volunteer In Nepal? 7 Dos And Don'ts Of Disaster Relief From An Actual Aid Worker | Bustle

Should You Volunteer In Nepal? 7 Dos And Don'ts Of Disaster Relief From An Actual Aid Worker | Bustle: "So here’s a brief list of the dos and don’ts of disaster relief. Before we get started, let’s get one thing clear: Your help is always, always appreciated. But let’s try and make it a little more effective. Okay? Here we go."



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Nepal Quake: Worst-hit villages still without relief materials - The Nation

Nepal Quake: Worst-hit villages still without relief materials - The Nation: "Some northern villages of the worst affected Sindhupalchok district are yet to receive relief materials even 12 days after the great earthquake.



The authorities concerned have failed to deliver relief materials to five settlements of Golche and Gumba village development comittees in northern part of Sindhupalchok as suspension bridges linking the area were snapped due to the earthquake."



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Nepal Earthquake: The Sensitivities Of Aiding Neighbours | Swarajya

Nepal Earthquake: The Sensitivities Of Aiding Neighbours | Swarajya: "Operation Maitri is progressing well and the rescue and relief efforts by India’s disaster management agencies has been much appreciated over the last ten days. The sheer magnitude of the disaster in Kathmandu and the other areas of Nepal required an international effort and not just a regional one. As a result many nations joined in, bringing relevant modern technology to the disaster zone."



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Immediate Response Considerations and Checklist for Terrorist, Man-made or Natural Disaster Relief Funds: Part 3 of 3 | Planned Giving Design Center

Immediate Response Considerations and Checklist for Terrorist, Man-made or Natural Disaster Relief Funds: Part 3 of 3 | Planned Giving Design Center: "Bryan Clontz wraps up his three part series on disaster relief by offering charities steps to enable them to respond more quickly and capably whenever tragedy strikes."



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Oxfam water works to save lives in Nepal

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Crowdfunded Campaigns For Nepal Are Huge. Is That A Good Way To Give? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Crowdfunded Campaigns For Nepal Are Huge. Is That A Good Way To Give? : Goats and Soda : NPR: "Crowdfunding was widely popular in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. But the magnitude of mini-campaigns for the Nepal disaster is unprecedented, says Amy Sample Ward, CEO of a nonprofit technology organization called NTEN."



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Crowdfunding for Disaster Aid Hits New High With Nepal Quake - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Crowdfunding for Disaster Aid Hits New High With Nepal Quake - The Chronicle of Philanthropy:



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Wise Giving Wednesday: Nepal Disaster Relief, Crowdfunding and Social Media - give.org

Wise Giving Wednesday: Nepal Disaster Relief, Crowdfunding and Social Media - give.org: "Last week’s blog included some comments and advice on donating to different stages of Nepal earthquake relief efforts that will require future support just as much as today. In the past decade, fundraising for disaster relief became one of the first charity activities that demonstrated continuing success with both online and mobile contributions, and now social media as well. Disasters generate immediate public concern that motivate individuals to respond with the urgency such tragedies deserve. "



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Nepal billionaire to construct 10,000 houses for earthquake victims - IBNLive

Nepal billionaire to construct 10,000 houses for earthquake victims - IBNLive: "A Nepalese billionaire will construct 10,000 transitional homes for the earthquake victims here and has sought technical support from a non-profit organisation in India."



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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A surprisingly important part of the Nepal relief effort operates right here in Huntsville | WHNT.com

A surprisingly important part of the Nepal relief effort operates right here in Huntsville | WHNT.com: "When a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, the scientists on the ground there went to work with whatever satellite data they could get their hands on.

“Teams of 40 to 50 people working shifts, combing through these images to identify damaged buildings, damaged roads, any signs of villages that have been affected by the earthquake,” said Anderson."



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With Millions Displaced, ShelterBox Has Essential Relief For Nepal

With Millions Displaced, ShelterBox Has Essential Relief For Nepal: "helterbox is one of many organizations providing relieve to Nepal, where I happened to spend a week volunteering, just six weeks ago.

With millions displaced from their damaged or destroyed homes, shelter is an acute need in Nepal. With millions displaced from their damaged or destroyed homes, shelter is an acute need in Nepal."



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Nepal, aid agencies trade blame as confusion mars quake relief | Reuters

Nepal, aid agencies trade blame as confusion mars quake relief | Reuters: "A row has broken out between Nepal and some international agencies over the handling of aid that poured into the country after last month's devastating earthquake, with each side blaming the other for confusion and delays in getting help to victims.

    Relief efforts have been slow to reach many people affected by Nepal's worst disaster in more than 80 years, leaving an unknown number of people stranded, injured and hungry for days."



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IRIN Asia | Nepal quake fund move is PR fiasco* | Nepal | Aid Policy | Governance | Natural Disasters

IRIN Asia | Nepal quake fund move is PR fiasco* | Nepal | Aid Policy | Governance | Natural Disasters: "NAIROBI, 5 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Nepalese government’s decision to route earthquake donations through the bank account of the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund has been a public relations disaster, introducing suspicions about the politicisation of aid even if there is no evidence of foul play."



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Nepal earthquake: how one US aircraft could make a big difference (+video) - CSMonitor.com

Nepal earthquake: how one US aircraft could make a big difference (+video) - CSMonitor.com: "The US on Sunday sent four coveted Ospreys to Nepal to help deliver materials for shelter. About 8 million Nepalese have been left either homeless or with severely damaged shelter, according to the UN."



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South Florida Jewish Federations set up relief efforts to assist in Nepal - Sun Sentinel

South Florida Jewish Federations set up relief efforts to assist in Nepal - Sun Sentinel: "Jewish humanitarian and governmental organizations are doing more than their fare share of helping relief efforts for the crisis.

The 260-member Israeli government mission to Nepal includes an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) field hospital, a trained rescue team, and a security team — with the main objectives of assisting the Nepalese people and evacuating Israeli citizens who are stranded in the country.


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) — which has provided relief to dozens of natural disaster zones over the last century — said it is partnering with the IDF field hospital in Katmandu (Nepal's capital and largest city) by providing equipment."



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Nepal’s Earthquake and International Aid | The Diplomat

Nepal’s Earthquake and International Aid | The Diplomat: "The swift international response in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal testifies to the spirit of global solidarity. Within hours of the earthquake striking this landlocked Himalayan nation on April 25, which along with a series of aftershocks has claimed more than 7,300 lives and injured thousands more, several countries had ferried in aid workers and relief supplies. They rushed in experts to assist in search and rescue operations and supply medicines, meals, blankets and tents."



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Radio Amateurs Assist Nepal Earthquake Relief

Radio Amateurs Assist Nepal Earthquake Relief: "he country’s government reportedly is trying to speed approval for international radio amateurs to transmit legally. Otherwise, only those working with official government rescue teams are authorized. On Monday the Computer Association of Nepal-USA called on the Nepal government to release amateur radio equipment that is currently being held in customs."



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