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by Nick Stockton

LESS THAN A month ago, the world fell down on Nepal. Soon after, thousands of aid workers descended to help pick up the pieces. And then, a week ago, the world fell down again. “When the second earthquake happened, people everywhere were saying the death prayer. There was a lot of screaming,” says Cindy Stein, who was working at a hospital in Kathmandu.

Stein’s organization, Real Medicine Foundation, came in to offer traditional relief—food, water, shelter, medicine. But it also delivered an often-overlooked component of disaster recovery: care for psychological trauma, in addition...

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RMF is very pleased to announce that the kind folks over at Ace Hotel (www.acehotel.com) have agreed to match donations to our Nepal Earthquake Relief dollar for dollar up to $5,000.

Currently, our relief efforts are focused on supporting an orphanage, a children’s hospital, and providing food, water, medical supplies and tents to areas in and surrounding Kathmandu. Our most recent field report of our relief efforts can be found here

If you are interested in donating to our Nepal Relief Efforts, please be sure to mention Ace Hotel on the “Direct Donation Towards” section of the website donation...

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Charities, Locals and Bikers Help Repair Nepal After New Quake

Linda Poon

The crows freaked out. The dogs howled. And just as the sun was beginning to set, a second earthquake struck Nepal.

Animals react to earthquakes before they strike. People react after they hit. And in Nepal, Tuesday’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake, coming almost three weeks after the April 25 quake, prompted a primal response.

“You could hear chunks of buildings just falling,” says Cindy Stein, director of global programs at the Real Medicine Foundation, speaking from Nepal. “People were saying this prayer you say when you’re dying. A lot...

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Another Powerful Earthquake Strikes Nepal (via NPR)

Eyder Peralta

A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, just over two weeks after a massive magnitude-7.8 quake killed more than 8,000 people.

The United States Geological Survey puts today’s quake as close to the capital, Kathmandu, as the one two weeks ago.

From Kathmandu, Cindy Stein, the director of global programs for Real Medicine Foundation, sent this update late Tuesday:

“I’m in a very communal tent in a parking lot right now, The city is in a cryogenic freeze. Nobody is going anywhere and most everything is closed. We set up...

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“This report is produced by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 6 to 8 May 2015. The next report will be issued on or around May 11.”

Please click here for the full PDF.

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How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake

By Christopher Dawson, Jennifer Grubb and Ashley Vaughan, CNN

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, killing thousands. Many more are unaccounted for as the search for survivors continues. Google has launched a People Finder tool to help victims touch base with friends and loved ones. It allows users to look for victims or post information about people, and it also works by text messaging.

Rescue and recovery efforts are underway. Many charities and NGOs are on the ground providing essential aid and medical assistance. Here are some of...

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The country’s health care system is under enormous pressure after a deadly earthquake

Alexandra Sifferlin

Hospitals throughout Nepal are flooded with patients, with thousands in need of care for acute injuries after a massive earthquake that the country’s leader said may have killed up to 10,000.

“Most public and private hospitals sent all of their pertinent staff surgeons to Kathmandu Teaching Hospital, which is the trauma center, and it’s so overrun that they are treating people in the streets,” said Cindy Aliza Stein, director of global programs Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), who helping coordinate the response. Other hospitals...

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The country’s health care system is under enormous pressure after a deadly earthquake

“Most public and private hospitals sent all of their pertinent staff surgeons to Kathmandu Teaching Hospital, which is the trauma center, and it’s so overrun that they are treating people in the streets,” says Cindy Aliza Stein, director of global programs at Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), who is helping coordinate the response. Other hospitals in the area are doing the same, partially because of high numbers of patients and partially because of structural damage and trepidation among many to be inside...

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See below for the introduction from UNHCR’s report, 2015 Regional Response Plan South Sudan Situation. A PDF of the report can be found at the bottom of the post.

“Since fighting broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, civilians have borne the brunt of the conflict. Despite the signature of a cessation of hostilities under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in January 2014, the situation on the ground remains dire. Violations of the agreement continue to be reported, active hostilities have continued in Upper Nile, Jonglei, and Unity States, and there are ominous...

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The latest news from our friends at Hiccup Circus Uganda…

Dear friend of Hiccup Circus Uganda.

With an upcoming three-weeks school break we are excited to push along side our cast to overcome struggle of producing a new spectacular stage show with our group of young circus artists. All the individual acts and stunts that our young performers have been working on will now be put into a cohesive story of hope and change, to show and inspire other youth of Uganda.

During the month of March we were luck enough to spread word about our amazing project on a...

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