Whilst Europe, America and many other places in the world are in the middle of their fight with the coronavirus, Nepal seems to now be moving on.
The government stopped free coronavirus tests, there is no support for medical costs for corona patients and no support for any businesses. This has caused most businesses to open as usual, weddings are going ahead (and these in Nepal mean gatherings of minimum 400 people or so), schools have reopened and majority of people outside of Kathmandu have stopped wearing masks. Sadly, we hear of many more new cases but due to no testing and lack of any support the local communities started to move on and live their lives as usual.
Our work to help the communities is now focused on helping more children - more boys that have been forced to live and work on the streets, and also girls who have been subjected to domestic and sexual abuse as a result of the lockdowns. We have formed some amazing partnerships with other organisations with the same values as us and the new project to help all children needing emergency assistance in Province 2 of Nepal is under way!
We will keep you all informed on the progress of the project and how our assistance makes a difference to the children's lives.
A massive thank you for all your support, none of this would have been possible without it. THANK YOU!
It's tough anywhere in the world now but less developed countries such as Nepal have been hit the hardest and the worst is still to come. New lockdowns and curfews are imposed every week on different regions and that means that many families that we have been supporting are not even able to leave the house to go to work or get food. At least it is possible to get to the hospitals and buy medicines. The hospitals don't have capacity to take on any new cases, many doctors are not working and there is a lack of equipment.
Most of the local government officers have been infected with coronavirus and many of the offices were forced to close. The charity organisations were banned from distributing food or other relief to the people, even those in greatest need, for about a month. The latest curfew has been lifted so we are able to now supply more food and basic necessities to those that need that the most.
Apart from the family support where we bought rice, lentils, vegetables, eggs, oil and soaps, we have also been supporting the children at the local government quarantine facility. The facility has been set up at an old school building where all families have to share the toilets and bathrooms, and people sleep on the floor. There are no soaps or other essential provided. We bought nappies, milk, basic nutritious food and toys for the youngest children and soaps for the whole facility. We have also helped a family that lost the father to corona and then they lost their house and everything they had in the flooding. Now the mum is on her own with 3 children and no support available.
We estimate that the need for our work will be even higher in the coming months due to families losing all their income and no being able to afford to look after their children. There is a huge probability that the children will be forced to work or beg on the streets and will not be sent to school. We are prepared to take on more children at our centre in Birgunj should the need arise.
I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been supporting us so far. None of this would have been possible without your help. Please share the information with your colleagues and friends and feel free to reach out to us if you would like to know more or would like to get involved with us.
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