Boone-based Samaritan’s Purse rushing aid to Nepal

Samaritan’s Purse staff in Boone work to get supplies to earthquake survivors in Nepal.
Samaritan’s Purse staff in Boone work to get supplies to earthquake survivors in Nepal. Courtesy of the Samaritan’s Purse Twitter account

A Boone-based nonprofit is working to get supplies to more than 15,000 households in Nepal in the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake.

Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian aid organization, has a team on the ground already that is setting up shelters and securing water.

“There’s a lot of hurting people here,” Samaritan’s Purse team leader Patrick Seger wrote in a dispatch on the organization’s website Sunday. “I saw a number of needs out there, a number of dead people, a lot of structures had fallen. A lot of people lost their homes and lost their incomes. They’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do.”

The New York Times reported Monday that the death toll has exceeded 3,800.

The organization initially said its first relief plane would land in Nepal on Wednesday, but flights into the region have been delayed.

Samaritan’s Purse is headed by Franklin Graham and has also been deeply involved with fighting the Ebola outbreak in Africa and supporting refugees escaping Islamic State militants.

Local Nepalese community

Meanwhile, the Nepalese community in the Charlotte area is rallying support for friends and family affected by the earthquake.

The Greater Charlotte Nepalese Association is using Facebook to direct donations to a national fundraising campaign.

The group will also be holding a vigil Wednesday evening at the International House on Central Avenue.

Charlottean Ashleigh Stumler

A Charlotte woman who was hiking down Mount Everest when the earthquake hit appears to have made it safely to Kathmandu, according to photos posted to her Instagram account.


Arrived in #Kathmandu again today to see a completely different city. #prayfornepal #nepalearthquake

A photo posted by Ashleigh Stumler (@stumlerae) on

Ashleigh Stumler, 27, reported over the weekend that she had survived the earthquake and its largest aftershock. The 2006 South Mecklenburg High graduate had left Charlotte on April 11 for the expedition.

She’s been scheduled to return to North Carolina on Wednesday, but her father told the Observer that she may stay longer to help the recovery effort.

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