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Dispatch from Nepal: Interview with Beau Miller of Aythos

Beau with Dolma

This is Beau with Dolma Lama, who was killed with her family in the initial shock of the earthquake. This was taken in Gangyul, just this past December.

Beau Miller is executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based NGO Aythos, which was the first relief organizations to reach some of the devastated villages of the Sindhupalchok District. He arrived in Nepal on April 30, and took time to email with me this week.

What prompted your first trip to Nepal?

I first went to Nepal in 2008 to teach English for five months. Prior to that, I was a brewer in Colorado, and I left to try to understand a little bit more of the world.

This is now my seventh trip. Nepal is the kind of place that never leaves you, even if you don’t understand why that is. It’s just a very special place, despite a lot of the issues it has. It’s the kind of place I find my thoughts drifting back to, and whenever I see a photo or hear somebody talk about it, I immediately have the urge to go back. 

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How to Help Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Kathmandu, was heavily damaged.

LATEST UPDATE: Tuesday, 4/28 at 7:30pm ET

I updated the details on how to give to Next Generation Nepal.

LATEST UPDATE: Monday, 4/27 at 6:30pm ET

There have been more after-shocks today, so people have been sheltering in tents. Funds are needed immediately for supplies.

LATEST UPDATE: Sunday, 4/26 at 10:30pm ET

I heard from the director of Hands for Help Nepal, and he confirmed that there are no operational banks, ATMs or money exchange offices, so, as I explain below, it’s best to give to NGOs already equipped to accept and process donations.

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I was so sad to wake up this morning to the heartbreaking stories and images coming out of Nepal in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. The beautiful country and its people are very close to my heart – I lived for a summer in Pokhara during graduate school, volunteering with Hands for Help Nepal, an NGO based in Kathmandu.

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