We are very happy to share with you that all our girls in the Girls’ Education Project in rural Nepal and their families are safe so far from the virus. But they are in a very difficult situation because their livelihoods have been disrupted. It is also difficult to find a job nowadays because businesses are running at limited capacity and with reduced staffing level. To help the girls and their families in this difficult time we have provided a grocery support package last month. The package includes 25kg of rice, 2kg of Lentils, 1ltr of cooking oil, a packet of salt, soap bar and 500 rupees’ cash for fresh vegetables. This will feed the families for a month. December is the rice harvesting time and most of the families in the villages grow rice so, now the rice will feed them for sometimes.
The Coronavirus is still a matter of concern in Nepal and it will remain for sometimes. So to stop the virus to spread in wider the schools are still closed. An online class is in operation for elder pupils along with classes through television and radio. To support the girls further in their education, we have arranged a private tuition class with teachers who live nearby their home for all the girls.
Even though it is difficult, we ensured all the girls have sufficient study materials so there is no disruption in their study. We also keep in touch regularly through phone and visit by maintaining the social distance. Currently, seven of our girls who are in the final years of higher secondary schooling are taking the final exam.
Continuing the work during a difficult time and providing extra support to the families definitely will increase the project expenses and we have to rely on our loyal supporters. We organise a few fundraising annual events but this is not possible this year. We also know the income of many has been affected by the global pandemic yet we request our supporters to donate whatever is affordable because it is needed to continue the vital work in Nepal.
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