On April 25, 2015, the country of Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since 1934; hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless and entire villages were flattened. The devastation and urgent need for basic necessities prompted the DynCorp International team in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to form a group to help with relief efforts.
Paying it Forward
The DI team partnered with other local organizations that collected monetary donations and supplies such as clothing, bedding and personal hygiene products.
“The goal was to provide a network of physical and emotional support during this time of crisis in Nepal,” said Lori Navarro, DynCorp International community care counselor. “The kindness and support was felt from citizens of every nation working here in Afghanistan.”
While more than $5,000 was sent to the Red Cross earmarked to Nepal Relief, the logistical delivery of collected donations to Nepal was a challenge. When they could not personally deliver the items to that country, their efforts turned into a new mission, to “pay it forward” to Afghan citizens instead.
“The people of Afghanistan are poor like Nepal and we want them to have these goods,” said Karan Bahadur Bam, a Nepalese DI team member who led the project.