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Student Army founder joins forces in Nepal

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NZME. News,
Publish Date
Thu, 11 Jun 2015, 11:35AM
Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

Student Army founder joins forces in Nepal

Author
NZME. News,
Publish Date
Thu, 11 Jun 2015, 11:35AM

The founder of the Student Volunteer Army, which emerged during the Canterbury earthquakes aftermath, has helped organise the construction of 70 transitional shelters in outlying areas of Nepal that have had no assistance since the devastating April quakes.

Sam Johnson has joined forces with the RiseNepal organisation to build temporary homes in the village of Chaimale, about three hours from Kathmandu. Mr Johnson said they aimed to erect 1000 shelters or homes.

"The shelters are being built for the most vulnerable people who have lost their homes such as women with children but no husbands or family groups with disabilities," he said.

"The need is great so we are all helping those who have the hardest times helping themselves."

Mr Johnson's team is also helping the Friends of Himalayan Children Inc. lead by Nepali Som Tamang who is focusing on the hardest hit areas of mountain villages where most homes and schools collapsed in the earthquake.

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