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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The Coronavirus confirmed cases are increasing faster in Nepal. The treatment cost in a private hospital is beyond affordable so many with mild symptoms or even some with severe symptoms do not get tested and go to the hospital. The government hospitals are running at full capacity and yet don’t have any bed. It is also almost impossible for general people to get a bed in a government hospital.
Even though there is no lockdown in Nepal businesses are running at limited capacity with reduced staffing level. The government spending in the public sector is also at hold. So finding a job nowadays in Nepal is extremely difficult. The poorest people whose family rely on income from daily labouring in factory or fields are suffering the most.
Nepal Village Foundation has helped to one-hundred and ninety families who are struggling to feed themselves in the villages of Mahadewa Municipality, Saptari, Nepal. We have provided 25kg of rice, 2kg of Lentils, 1ltr of cooking oil, a packet of salt, soap bar and 500-rupees cash for fresh vegetables per family. This will feed the families for a month. Luckily, December is the rice harvesting time and most of the families in the villages grow rice so, now the rice will feed them for a few months.
On the other side, the families whose houses were damaged by the seasonal monsoon are still in the struggle. Seventeen families need help in the villages where we work. The main damages are the walls of the houses, mudslides and some houses are completely wrecked. These seventeen families are the poorest ones and its very unlikely that they can afford a repair anytime sooner. The southern parts of Nepal where we work is in the fourth week of winter. The families sleep with their children in the house which has no walls. First Corona then monsoon and now winter, it can be imagined how terrible is the life of the poorest.
We wrote an email to GlobalGiving for some funds from the South-Asian flood relief and recovery project but we haven’t heard back anything yet. We understand that everyone globally is impacted by the Coronavirus so it might take some time to reach help. In the meantime, if anyone whose income is not impacted and wish to help the families then please donate to the project today or contact us.
The lockdown in Nepal by the central government has ended after four months but some parts of Nepal is still in lockdown due to the increased level of confirmed cases. Four months and more without any income the poorest families in rural villages are in extremely difficult situation. They have lived half empty stomach for months and, now the poorest families have to live with the costliest debts for a long time.
Through this project, we have provided essential grocery support to one-hundred and forty-two families in Mahadewa municipality of Saptari district Nepal. One hundred and seven of them are the family of the girls who are being sponsored to receive a formal education through the Girls’ Education Project in Nepal. The remaining thirty-five families are from the same municipality and are in a similar situation of the girls’ families. The grocery supply was aimed to last for one month.
We provided the following goods as part of the essential grocery support; 10kg half-boiled rice, 1kg lentil, 1kg green peas, 1kg salt, 1kg Swebean (dried veg), 3kg Rice-flakes, 1ltr sunflower cooking oil, 2 pcs lifeboy soap and Rs 500 cash for fresh vegetables per family. Total spending on the project so far is Rs 373,475 rupees which is roughly $3,300 or £2,480. We have used the funds from the NVF Pots and now we have to fundraise to balance the pot. Even though it is a difficult time for everyone, please make a donation of any amount you can afford. Your help is much appreciated.
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