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Internet experts continue to help Nepal food aid

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Food security deteriorating in Nepal quake areas

The United Nations is reporting that hunger is quickly escalating in areas affected by Nepal‘s earthquakes

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Elite athletes to help WFP bring food aid in Nepal

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U.S. military on a mission to help Nepal

The tragic crash of a U.S. military helicopter, which was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers, was part of a humanitarian operation to help earthquake victims. It’s called Operation Sahayogi Haat, which means “Helping Hand” in Nepali.

Last month’s earthquake has left millions in Nepal in need of food, water, shelter and medicine. The United States military has been called upon to support the relief effort.

Marines from Joint Task Force 505 of the U.S. Pacific Command have been taking part in the mission. The Defense Department reported earlier this week,

U.S. Marine Huey and Osprey aircraft delivered 174,706 pounds of emergency relief supplies since Operation Sahayogi Haat began. The supplies included plastic sheeting, shelter kits, blankets, food, water and medical materials.”

The U.S. military has been working with Nepal’s government, USAID, the World Food Programme and others to deliver life-saving aid. More quakes have struck Nepal this month leaving many others in need of help.

The mission is one of great danger as revealed when the U.S military helicopter went down earlier this week in a remote, mountainous region. U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler says the soldiers lost in the crash “were determined to go forward with their duties, eager to contribute to our mission to alleviate suffering and come to the rescue of those in need.” He added, “The United States military will remain committed to our mission here in Nepal.”

The suffering people of Nepal can count on that support. The U.S. military has a long tradition of providing humanitarian aid, including massive operations during and after World War I and II which fed millions.

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When the Internet Saves Lives

Imagine if you lost your internet service. Picture having no email capability or access to net-based information for days, even weeks. Yikes! How would the loss of the internet affect your daily work?

But now let’s thicken the plot. Imagine if your job was the emergency feeding of millions of people following a natural disaster. You would need to organize and communicate quickly and effectively with others. At this point, internet is far more than just a luxury or convenience. Lives depend on it.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest hunger relief organization, makes internet connectivity a top priority when disaster strikes. Basic internet, that many of us take for granted, is often damaged or not available in afflicted, impoverished areas.

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Nepal: how runners, walkers can help today

Reunited, the family is trying to recover from the shock of April 25th disaster that killed more than 8,000 people and injured an estimated 16,000. Like thousands of survivors across the country, Sangmaya and her family need food to survive and rebuild.

They are getting this aid from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The rice represents more than lifesaving nutrition. Each spoonful represents hope and strength for a better tomorrow.

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Help These Women Save Nepal

When it comes to athletic achievement, the Seven Summits Women Team from Nepal is second to none. This elite group of female mountain climbers have scaled the highest peaks in the world, including Everest.

They are much more than great athletes. They are also advocates for women’s rights.

But now these women face their greatest challenge. They must save Nepal from the devastation of last month’s massive earthquake. They want your help. As their team motto says, “Together We Reach Higher.”

Read my commentary at The Huffington Post.

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