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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Elite athletes to help WFP bring food aid in Nepal

Last week on the Huffington Post I wrote about an amazing group of women who are helping earthquake victims in Nepal. These are members of the Seven Summits Women Team of mountain climbers.

Read the full article at Examiner.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

U.S. military on a mission to help Nepal

The tragic crash of a United States 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.

Read the full article at Examiner.

Friday, May 15, 2015

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.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

Monday, May 11, 2015

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.

Read the full article at Examiner.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday

This Saturday, May 9, is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It takes place nationwide.

You are asked to leave canned food donations by your mailbox on Saturday morning. These should be non-perishable canned food items.

Read more at Examiner.

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.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Remembering Our Greatest Mission

70 years ago the U.S. and British air forces led a life-saving mission that is a great example today, as we face some of the worst humanitarian emergencies since that time.

See my commentary at The History News Network.