Christchurch Volunteer Army leader Sam Johnson has been in Nepal for just 24 hours, but is already making a difference.
Mr Johnson's working with the Global Peace Foundation – he already has a management team of 40 people, and more than 90 volunteers.
At the moment they're preparing to distribute aid, including rice and water, to the worst-affected areas.
Mr Johnson already has $50,000 to spend on aid.
"It's quite similar to Christchurch in the sense that there's a whole lot of places in Kathmandu… it doesn't seem too damaged, and then there's places out of Kathmandu and it's just completely destroyed," he says.
It's hoped the local knowledge of volunteers will speed up the delivery of aid.
Mr Johnson says he'll only be there for a week, and it's important for the Nepalese to run the project themselves.
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