COVID-19  Nepal Project #48093

COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal
COVID-19 Relief for Children & Families in Nepal

Thank you all so much for your continued support as we work together to provide quality care to children, youth, and families in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you may know, NYF responded to the second surge of COVID-19 in April by opening our first COVID Isolation Center in our Kathmandu Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) on May 4th, 2021.

Isolation centers provide safe care for individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 and must be isolated from their families, but who are not sick enough to be hospitalized. It was designed to allow individuals to isolate away from their families, in order to slow the spread, all while under the observation of trained medical professionals.

Thanks to support from friends like you, we were able to add four “High-Dependency Units,” or HDUs, to the isolation center, so that patients in need of hospital intervention can be moved to this area and held here, under stabilizing, high-level care, until NYF is certain a hospital ICU bed has been found for them.

This COVID Isolation Center ran until September 16, 2021. Since its opening, we’ve admitted and treated more than 240 COVID-positive patients. Our patients—mostly children and youth—were mainly from orphanages, college dormitories and hostels, boarding schools, and housing shared by multiple generations and families within a tight space.

NYF suspended isolation center services in order to fully resume our regular NRH programming. We are continuing to produce Lito, our homemade “super” flour, at the NRH and are still distributing them to communities in need via the Lito for Life program.

Thank you from all of us at Nepal Youth Foundation for making this possible! Your support of these kids—of their dignity, their dreams, and their incredible potential—proves that #LoveWorks!

Doctor makes rounds at the COVID Isolation Center
Doctor makes rounds at the COVID Isolation Center

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Lito distribution at a hospital
Lito distribution at a hospital

Under normal conditions, NYF focuses on addressing pediatric malnutrition as it occurs in rural communities whose access to health resources and data-backed nutritional wisdom is limited. In 2020, we quickly learned that the pandemic had shifted malnutrition risk dramatically. Remote farming communities were safe from COVID exposure due to the strict travel restrictions and were able to continue working on their land as usual. Now it was urban populations facing the greatest danger. These same urban populations—particularly their children—were also at the greatest risk of contracting the virus and developing severe symptoms. These risks were compounded by malnutrition, which significantly decreases immune response.

Thanks to support from friends like you, NYF was able to launch two new COVID programs in response to this crisis: Community Nutrition Kitchens and Lito for Life. While we’ve paused the Nutrition Kitchen program for the time being, our team on the ground has continued to distribute bags of Lito (“super flour”) to families in urban areas of Nepal. This program is ongoing.

As you may already know, the lito flour is prepared by NYF staff members in our very own Nutritional Rehabilitation Home. Our team members roast, blend, and grind the corn, wheat, and soybeans themselves using traditional Nepalese methods. The ready-to-eat Lito is then packaged by the kilo, and special care is taken to avoid viral contamination. 

Our latest update is that through Lito for Life, we have produced over 5,061 kgs of ready-to-eat, nutrient rich Lito and distributed it to families experiencing food insecurity. Recipients include pregnant women, children in hospitals, families without access to work during lockdown, homes for the elderly, and free food distribution points in Kathmandu. 

Thank you so much for supporting our work!

Preparing Lito
Preparing Lito

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*Nishita (left) arrives at the quarantine center.
*Nishita (left) arrives at the quarantine center.

Last year, NYF launched many initiatives to empower women and children in response to COVID-19. One of such was an emergency shelter and quarantine center for women. Thanks to your loving support, we’re proud to report that we have been able to provide 38 women with shelter and a safe, comfortable space to complete their quarantine. Here is just one of many stories:

When *Nishita (far left), age 27, tested negative for COVID-19 at the Nepalese border, she was relieved. After being stranded abroad without income since March, she assumed her negative test meant she could travel directly home to her family.

So, when Nishita learned about the mandated 14-day quarantine for anyone coming into Nepal—even people who tested negative for the virus—she was extremely frustrated. Fortunately, NYF put a lot of effort and love into preparing a special quarantine space for women. Women staying here, like Nishita, receive a welcome package including toiletries and other daily necessities. Plus, nutritious meals based on a menu designed by an NYF dietician, and two virtual sessions through NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center. They also have access to 24-hour nursing care.

On Nishita’s last day of quarantine, she expressed sadness about leaving. She told us at the end of her stay that she felt right at home. We’re so glad she enjoyed her stay, and was able to safely return to her family.

At NYF, we are proud to have been able to provide Nishita and other women like her with an enjoyable, calming experience during their mandatory quarantine period.

We’re eager to continue this loving work in 2021, and invite you to be a part of this movement by making a gift today. Eligible gifts up to $50 (per unique donor per organization) made between today and March 12 will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving!

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From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to each and every single one of you for generously supporting this project. Today on #GivingTuesday, we hope you’ll join us in #MovingAMillion by showing us some extra love.

Gifts for this project will help empower Nepalese women and youth during the COVID-19 crisis through initiatives like the Access to Education program. Launched in response to public school closures, this program not only keeps students (girls, in particular) in rural Nepal from falling too far behind in school, but also helps to prevent children from early marriage.

Thanks to your support, we’ve successfully launched 50 education centers across Nepal. This means that with an average of 100 students per center, we’re currently providing 5,000 K-10 students with educational opportunities they haven’t had in the last seven months, and mobilizing 354 teachers already on the Nepalese government’s payroll.

This is incredible, and we’re so thankful for all the support we’ve already received from all of you.

We’re building on this momentum to grow and reach even more students and girls in the coming months. Today, GlobalGiving has prepared $1 million in Incentive Funds — meaning eligible gifts (up to $2,500 per unique donor per organization) will count towards earning a portion of that fund!

Please make a gift today to maximize the impact of your support. Thank you and Dhanyabad!

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Thanks to generous supporters like you, we’ve successfully launched our first few “satellite” schooling centers through NYF's new “Access to Education” program. This latest initiative helps children (and young girls in particular) continue their education - even while public schools in Nepal remain closed. 

We’re proud to report back its success. Lopika*, age 15, told us, “Schools have been closed for 4 months already and I had forgotten everything. Now I am so happy to be attending classes in the learning center. The teachers are helping me a lot.” Her friend Gavya* added, “I wish I could learn like this even after the pandemic!”

A recent Nepalese television report commended the new program’s success, observing that besides helping students learn, the satellite centers were “creative opportunities for students to interact with friends and teachers, minimizing the psychological distress” from the pandemic.

Thank you so much for helping to make this program possible! NYF has already been approached by mayors in many rural municipalities hoping to join the program. We hope to open 46 new centers within the next month.

To continue empowering these young girls in Nepal during the COVID-19 crisis, please donate today. Eligible gifts up to $50 (per unique donor per organization) made between now and September 18 will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving! 

*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of those in this report.

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