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Training local teams to produce chlorine to disinfect drinking water.

Chlorine and clean drinking water for Nepal

NEPAL – Yesterday we began distribution of our liquid chlorine in the devastated town of Bhaktapur. Operation Blessing has three workers who access destroyed areas with motor scooters loaded with five gallons of chlorine solution each.

The OBI Safe Water Team will use this motor scooter distribution method extensively over the next few weeks to get this life saving purification solution far and wide. We will also be distributing to church networks to get our chlorine throughout the hardest hit areas in Nepal.

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Supplies for villagers in remote regions of Nepal.

Food and supplies distributions in Nepal villages

NEPAL – We pressed even farther from Kathmandu, 3.5 hours on often difficult roads covered in cracks and landslide debris. We reached a village in a deep valley where there was almost 95% destruction to the homes and several people had been killed.

These farmers and fishermen have lost everything and Operation Blessing was the first agency to reach them. You could throw a dart at a map of Nepal and pretty much find a destroyed village in that region, there are so many communities like this it will take weeks for them all to be reached.

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Children living in remote villages in the Himalayas receive food and supplies.

Reaching villages in the Himalayas

Children living in remote villages in the Himalayas receive food and supplies.

NEPAL – Yesterday, we went on a mission two hours to the west of Kathmandu to a remote mountain community for a food distribution held in a small church made of mud. We handed out rice and lentils to representatives from families in the region. These are families who lost their homes in the quake and are now living in tents.

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Bihani was rescued from the rubble of her home.

Rescued from the rubble

Bihani was rescued from the rubble of her home.

NEPAL – This beautiful little girl is Bihani, she’s 2.5 years old and completely adorable. Her face is covered in scrapes and bruises from injuries she sustained in the earthquake.

Her house was completely destroyed and she was trapped inside, pinned under a mound of bricks and debris. Fortunately she was rescued quickly, but her story is one of extreme tragedy—her mother was killed next to her in the hallway, just steps away from the door.

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Food distribution in rural villages in Nepal.

Aid for remote villages in Nepal

Food distribution in remote villages in Nepal.

NEPAL – Once you leave the city of Kathmandu, you can find countless villages with massive destruction like the villages we served yesterday that had not yet received any assistance.

The mud brick construction of these homes was no match for the quake and most residents are now living in temporary shelters with limited access to food, safe water and proper hygiene and sanitation. Most are subsistence farmers who lost their food stores in the rubble. From a distance some villages look fairly intact with buildings still standing, but almost every home I saw had at least one collapsed wall.

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Safe drinking water for families in Nepal.

Safe drinking water for earthquake victims

Chlorination device brings safe drinking water to earthquake victims.

NEPAL – Today we installed two community water stations in rural communities about 45 minutes outside of Kathmandu.

These communities have sustained about 75 percent destruction of homes, and most residents are living in temporary shelters. Local technicians were given training on how to use our H2gO handheld chlorine units. They will be ensuring that these community water stations are a safe central source of clean water with regular disinfection.

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OBI vice president of international operations walks through Kathmandu, Nepal, at night.

Kathmandu at night

OBI vice president of international operations walks through Kathmandu, Nepal, at night.OBI’s David Darg, vice president of international operations, is on the ground in Nepal after the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

NEPAL – People are sleeping on the streets and in makeshift tents at night, with so many frequent aftershocks most residents are too scared to reenter their homes—many no longer have a home.

In one spot, I saw a mother holding her infant, rubbing his feet to keep them warm. We would come across rescue teams searching for survivors in collapsed buildings, they would yell out and wait to hear cries for help but it was difficult over the barks and wailing of packs of street dogs. So many of Kathmandu’s historic buildings and monuments have fallen, their bricks and timber spilled out into the streets.

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Earthquake relief in Nepal

Critical needs of earthquake victims

Earthquake relief in Nepal

NEPAL – Devastated families are in desperate need of help in the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal.

Survivors of the deadly quake are taking refuge in tent cities, either homeless or too terrified sleep indoors. But temperatures drop dangerously low at night and basic necessities like clean water and food are scarce.

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Roofs collapse under the weight of ash in Ensenada, Chile.

Volcano covers Chilean town with ash

Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile

CHILE – After back-to-back volcanic eruptions in Chile spewed ash and forced the evacuation of families near the base of the Calbuco volcano, Operation Blessing is on the ground, working in the hard-hit town of Ensenada in coordination with a partner organization.

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Nepal earthquake relief

Devastating earthquake strikes Nepal

Nepal earthquake relief

NEPAL – After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused massive damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, Operation Blessing is coordinating emergency relief efforts with our partner on the ground, Nepali Rescue Project, and additional OBI staff are en route to Nepal.

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