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Nepal Update #10 — Nepal Progress Video Update

~Please consider watching in HD and full screen~ Hi all, a few quick thoughts on Nepal. I’ve been flying drones for many years now and one interesting thing about them is they literally change your perspective.   On the ground, the effects of an earthquake like the ones in Nepal are immediate, and more than anything, heartbreaking.  Working with the villagers, building their shelters, providing fresh water—it’s all overwhelmingly rewarding.  It can bring you to tears.  It DOES bring you to tears. To meet the Dalits or “untouchables” of Nepal, to see the hardship they face, the gratitude they have for the relieve you’ve provide — it’s just heartbreaking.  As aid is distributed throughout the country they are the last to...

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Nepal Update #9 — You're Making A Difference

This is Maiya.   She is 90 years old and lives more than 10,000ft (3000m) high in the Himalaya.  This week, she—and you—changed my life.  As you know, on April 25 of this year the earthquake in Nepal devastated Maiya’s village along with large swaths of the country, killing more than 8,800 people and injuring more than 23,000.  The destruction is ubiquitous, overwhelming, and—from the ground, air, or afar—it is heartbreaking.  Of all the districts in Nepal, Rasuwa was hit hardest.  And it is among the last to receive any aid or assistance. This week, with your help, we brought them shelter, water, and medical training.  In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, relief efforts and fundraising have been swift and admirable. ...

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Nepal Update #8 — People are Awesome

People Are Awesome. Full Stop!$57,481 against a goal of $100,000 have been raised by YOU for Nepal through www.dronation.com and the following list of supplies have now been delivered. 1) 50 Tents (6 Person) Shelter for 300 of the 425 people in the village of Tathali (50 more on order)2) 75 Tin Roofs3) 3 - Generators4) 40 - 50 lb bags of Rice & Dal Next up, we’re heading north to the remote villages of Rasuwa and Nuwakot to deliver household packages containing shelter, food/agriculture, first aid kits, water purification, and solar lights. I’m making sure that every one of your dollars are going directly to those that need it most. Special thanks to Iswari, Prem, and their Families, for...

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Dronation Fundraising Coming from Everywhere

Here is a heartwarming story about a sister and a brother who wanted to help Nepal. (thank you Alon)  Family Philanthropy is a growing trend and much needed around the world now more than ever.Paul "Wanted to say a big thank you for being an inspiration to my kids. The earthquake touched me personally, as I have very fond memories of Nepal after spending some time there in 1997. Such a beautiful country and people. Maya (10) and Eli (7) were curious to know what was being done to help the people of Nepal. I shared your story as it really moved me and the drone video really made it feel real for them to see the beauty and destruction. They...

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Nepal Update #7 – 7.3 Major Quake

Tuesday May 12, 2015, 12:35 pm Another devastating quake has struck Nepal again – a magnitude of 7.3 centered about 76km east of Kathmandu struck at 12:35 local time today. Initial reports are stating that at least 54 additional people have been killed and over 1,000 injured – with these numbers surely to rise. Relief helicopters are being sent to the villages east of Kathmandu, the area which is believed to be hit the hardest, where there are reports of bodies being pulled from the rubble. People are crowding the streets again consumed by anxiety and panic. An update from Paul: I wanted to let you know that I am ok and out of Nepal. Thanks to many of you for...

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Nepal Update #6

Update from the field in Nepal.  The tents have been ordered for the village of Tathali, Bhaktapur and should arrive within 4-5 days.  Cleanup efforts continue and spirits remain optimistic.   The current challenges/needs are:-Preparation for the monsoon season, tents & tin roofs.-Long term food for storage (rice, dal, flour)-Preventative efforts against the spread of diarrhea-School stationaries as kids try to get back to some sense or normalcy. We will continue to keep you posted and appreciate your help in sharing with your networksTogether we have raised $40,000 against our current goal of $100,000 here at www.dronation.comWe are forever grateful to each and every one of you for your support.Paul

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VIDEO - Help Paul Help Nepal

~Consider watching in HD and full screen~ The first video from Paul Borrud's first trip to Nepal has been released.  Paul immediately picked up and flew to Nepal the day after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Himalayas on April 25th, 2015. "Views from above 24-48 hours after the Nepal Earthquake.Each of the villages I visited to deliver food, supplies, water, medicine, I also captured the devastation from the air flying my drone, Phyllis. The hardest hit areas are in the rural villages and also receiving no aid or support.Please visit www.dronation.com to pledge your support and make a donation. I will personally make sure the funds are delivered to the areas that need it the most." As you can see...

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Nepal Update #5

Making A Difference In Nepal. Communitere's first volunteer in Nepal, Paul Borrud, arrived in Kathmandu Monday morning. Since then his days have been incredibly full and productive. His priority has been to address the needs of those who were affected most profoundly and who are receiving the least aid and assisting with search and rescue. He has also begun looking for long term solutions and has assessed the need for Communitere to deploy to Kathmandu to dowhat we do best: serve a community fractured by disaster by bridging the gaps in aid and creating an environment where resources can be shared. Paul has identified new local partners for Communitere in Kathmandu and is working with orgs of all sizes including...

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Nepal Update #4

From Kelly Campbell.  Woke up this morning to an update from Nepal from Village Experience board member, Paul Borrud:  The women and children moved back to their original structure to avoid the rain. Paul was able to find quite possibly the last generator in Kathmandu and is getting an electrician to wire it as we speak. This will provide the administrators with a way to charge their electronics and stay in touch in case of an emergency. He also delivered a huge amount of petrol to the home. In Paul's words, "Everyone is fine...Love those kids!" He'll be returning tomorrow with a fresh batch of supplies. Your dronations at work

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Nepal Update #3

Namaste from Kathmandu, The power is on tonight for a few hours and we have internet access. The last few days since the earthquake have been active and productive. Everyone is sleeping outside in tents or under tarps. Even thought a bit frightened by the continued earthquakes/aftershocks, the kind and gentle spirit of the Nepalese have made the relief efforts run smoothly. My priorities have been to look after the short term needs for those affected most and receiving the least aid. Mid to long term solutions and assessing needs for Communitere to come in and do what they do best. Working with Unicef on geo mapping utilizing my drone (Phyllis) to capture difficult to reach locations for search/rescue teams. Dronation at work....

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