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MicroAid Assessment trip to Nepal – March 2016

Jon Ross on Feb 16th 2016

 

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I hope all is well.

I am leaving on March 2nd for Nepal, where in April, 2015, the magnitude-7.8 Gorka earthquake killed 8,000 people and destroyed 650,000 homes, affecting more than a million survivors.

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Over the last months, I have been contacting people there, and here, who were involved with the disaster response—because it was so widespread, that means almost anyone who lives in Nepal or has a connection to the place. I have also been studying construction techniques for building earthquake resistant homes using local materials, and connecting with a variety of other NGOs with innovative strategies.

Even a year after the earthquake, the situation in Nepal is dire. Due to a terrible convergence of government inaction, a fuel and materials blockade along the Indian border, and the magnitude of the damage, very little has been done to help the survivors who lost their homes.

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MicroAid will be going in with the same philosophy that has led to our helping so many families in the past: “Just because you can’t help everyone, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help someone.”

I will be assessing the situation in about a dozen villages in the earthquake affected zone—from Pokhara to Khumbu—to see how best to use our resources and help the most people. We might rebuild a few houses for families, or provide construction tools and building materials for an entire village.

I feel that, together, we make up the MicroAid “team,” and the people for whom we build houses know that this assistance comes from a network of people far away who feel compassion for, and a connection to, those less fortunate who have no other recourse.

If you haven’t made a donation in a while, please contribute to the Nepal effort. As always, 100 percent of your donation goes toward helping those in need; overhead is paid for by me, the board of directors, and a few specific donors.

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Thank you for being a part of this humanitarian effort and good will. We are making a huge impact on people’s lives—directly, efficiently, and completely.

Hoping you and your family are happy, healthy, and secure.

All the best,

Jon

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