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October 11, 2017

Paraguay is interesting so far. I guess I’m used to third-world Asia, because this place seems pretty developed, prosperous, clean, and uncrowded; there is constant electricity and water in the capital, Asuncion, and solid wifi and hot water in my hotel room, which is a cheap-and-cheerful place near the old city-center. The roads seem well-maintain...

March 31, 2016

I’ve been in Nepal for three weeks and have done many site visits, and met with local NGOs, INGOs, and private individuals who responded to the disaster: Gorkha earthquake, April 2015.

Kathmandu is like a lot of third-world capitals: a lattice of crooked roads, choked with traffic and smog, street vendors, and alleys leading to secret court...

February 16, 2016

I hope all is well.

I am leaving on March 2nd for Nepal, where in April, 2015, the magnitude-7.8 Gorka earthquake killed 8,000 people and destroyed 650,000 homes, affecting more than a million survivors.

Over the last months, I have been contacting people there, and here, who were involved with the disaster response—because it was so widespread, that...

January 5, 2015

I am back from the assessment trip in Myanmar (Burma)—re. Cyclone Nargis, 2008—just in time to wish everyone a Happy New Year.



As your representative in the field, I work hard to identify survivors who are still in need years after the disaster   It is my job to find people who would not be helped otherwise and not to duplicate the efforts of othe...

February 4, 2014

Dear MicroAid supporters.

I just wanted to let you know I’ve been preparing for the next MicroAid disaster recovery project in Myanmar (Burma).



You may recall that Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy delta in 2008.


85,000 people were killed, 53,000 went missing, and more than 2.4 million people were affected, most losing their homes and tools....

January 20, 2011

Talofa Everyone

I want to thank you for all the great emails and words of support while I was on the fact-finding mission in Samoa.



Jon being interviewed in Samoa for a documentary on disaster recovery


Here is a brief update on the trip:


While I was in Samoa, I met with the head of NZAID; the local Samoan Red Cross; Women in Business, a local NGO,...

December 18, 2010

Well, I am two thirds of the way through the fact-finding mission to Samoa.  As you know, they had a devastating tsunami in 2009 following an 8.2 magnitude undersea earthquake not far away.  Most of the structures along the southeast coast were wiped out and many people lost their lives—and you don’t find anyone on the island who didn’t have a fami...

February 18, 2010

After a few days in hot, smoggy, congested Colombo, the capital city on the edge of the Indian Ocean, I headed south to the first MicroAid project site in Hambantota. (A quick aside: as I write this, in my small bungalow, with it’s lazily twirling ceiling fan, and rippling mosquito net, the smell of cooking fires in the air and the wall of the thic...

February 6, 2010

I am very happy to report that thanks to our donors and board of directors we have raised enough money to help a few of the remaining victims of the tsunami here in Sri Lanka.  As all eyes have been focused on Haiti in the last few weeks, it is easy to see how people get left behind as one disaster eclipses another. (Recently we had them in Myanmar...

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