The new variant of coronavirus cases is also noticed in Nepal but its numbers are less than a hundred. We didn’t do any project activities relevant to this project in the last quarter because we don’t have any funds at the moment.
Some information from the Nepalese government website about the coronavirus- There have been 978,119 infections and 11,950 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Nepal since the pandemic began. Nepal has administrated at least 39,281,058 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs two doses, that is enough to have vaccinated about 68.7% of the country’s population. During the last week reported, Nepal averaged about 117,179 doses administered each day. At that rate, it will take a further 49 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.
There have been 978,119 infections and 11,950 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Nepal since the pandemic began. Nepal has administrated at least 39,281,058 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person need two doses, that is enough to have vaccinated about 68.7% of the country population. During the last week reported, Nepal averaged about 117,179 doses administered each day. At that rate, it will take a further 49 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population. A data chart of the latest cases in Nepal is included. Currently, we are also looking for funds to work on COVID relief and recovery project in rural Nepal.
Despite the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Nepal, the local businesses and commerce are now reopening but with a precaution. Wearing a mask is compulsory in public so we have distributed more than four thousand masks to the local’s people in the villages and to the girls in our education scheme. We are also hearing about the third variant of coronavirus so If we are safe from that then life in villages will return to normal slowly. Vaccination against the virus is also becoming available slowly in the villages but many people do not have faith in it. So, wearing a mask could protect the villagers from the virus.
Coronavirus have caused significant problems even at the village levels and, many of us have suffered from mild to severe symptoms. However, there isn’t any loss because of the coronavirus in the villages we are working in. Amongst all, coronavirus has taught everyone how to wash hands properly and eat better to boost their immune system. This definitely will also help them to prevent other preventable diseases.
The most suffered families and the small family run local businesses in the villages are definitely in need of support to survive the Pandemic. A varied level of project can be planned and implemented to recuse and improve the livelihoods of people in the community. Nepal village foundation is committed in girls’ education for a long term in the community and have a limited resource so we are unable to plan any kind of project that involves a larger resource. But if any organisation is interested to explore and invest in the community then we will be able to cooperate and assist throughout the project.
The damages that the coronavirus has done to the world is beyond imaginable. Even though Nepal did not suffer much in the 1st wave of the virus, the 2nd wave and the 2nd variant of the virus has destroyed many families and brought the country to its knees. Over seventy percent of the population is uncertain about when they will receive the vaccination and hundreds of people are still dying on daily basis. The health service sector in Nepal is lacking tools and medicine to treat the infected ones.
More importantly, the corona pandemic has pushed millions of people back into harder poverty in Nepal and beyond. It’s almost two years’ businesses and the labour market is affected by the pandemic so the poorest ones are the hardest hit. They are struggling to feed themselves and many small scale investments are busted. The government incentives are virtually zero to put them back on their feet.
Nepal Village Foundation is a small grassroots organisation with an annual income under 25k. So it is beyond our capacity to support the millions. However, to service the pandemic and even a little lift-up we have provided emergency groceries suppliers to the poorest families in the villages currently we are working. In the last two years, we have spent £4990 in total to provide the emergency supplies £2500 of which £2500 was from this year.
In total, 3,375 kg of rice, 405 kg of rice flakes, 135 litres of cooking oil, 270 kg of daal (lentil), 135 kg of salt and 67,500 (£450) rupees cash for fresh vegetables has been provided to 135 families in the villages. There are many more families who need the supplies and, the same families are begging for help again because the supplies would have last only for a couple of months. Nepal Village Foundation has a very limited budget so we are doing only what we can because we have an ongoing girl’s education project to support.
Despite the fear of the coronavirus, people in rural Nepal have been living almost a normal life for the last few months. But as the virus started to spread faster again in India, Nepalese people are now alarmed, especially along the border side. We will have to take extra caution to avoid contamination because the border is only a few kilometres away and it is not well managed. Some far-western districts that are linked with the border have restricted people’s movement and advised them to close some businesses.
The Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Nepal and slowly reaching people at greater risk and, to the key workers. But, people in rural Nepal are very sceptical about the vaccine because some people have a severe reaction after the vaccination.
In respect to food supplies to the poorest in rural villages- the situation has improved because the two main crops (Rice and Wheat) have been harvested. But, most businesses are still struggling to repay their debts and their future is also uncertain so it is very unlikely that they will recall all the employees.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way of life in Nepal and beyond. So the newer type of job opportunities that are suitable in the current circumstances must be explored. A newer way to manage the businesses also has to be adopted and for that various type of training and development will be required. Some financial support to the most struggling local businesses is crucial to keep the local economy going forward.
Currently, we have a helpdesk running at the project location to provide updated information related to the corona virus to the local peoples. We are also providing a soap bar to our girls in the scheme and to those who could not afford it.
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