New Zealand Information
On February 22, 2011, New Zealand experienced a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on the country’s southern island. Global DIRT responded to this quake by sending volunteers to the country within a few hours of the incident. The team experienced multiple aftershocks as they assisted local volunteers in Christchurch to distribute and sort supplies, geotag devastated areas and dig out homes. Additionally, the team brought a water purification unit to supply affected areas with clean, safe, potable water. The DIRT team in New Zealand worked closely with the Kiwi organization UC Student Volunteer Army, who we would like to thank for their hospitality and acknowledge for their hard work and dedication to their fellow countrymen.