COVID-19  Nepal Project #45910

Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund

by The Small World
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund

Dear All Friends and Family, Namaste!

We hope this email finds you and yours safe and well.

Unfortunately, we are very sad to share that with the 2nd wave of COVID spreading through Nepal like a wildfire, our health system is at a breaking point; the number of recorded infections is doubling every 3 days among the largely unvaccinated population, with one person dying every 5 minutes. “People are dying literally because of lack of oxygen and there are no hospital beds,” a senior government medical official told the Human Rights Watch.

The infection apparently spread from the open and poorly managed border of India to the Base camp of Mt. Everest; recently, a number of climbers were rescued from Everest.

As of today, most of the hospitals have said they will discharge admitted patients because there are not enough resources to treat them. We are completely out of ventilators, oxygen cylinders, and hospital beds, including those in the ICU. Nepal has about 560 ventilators, but not all are in working order. Yesterday, the health minister and prime minister jointly appealed for more help from donor countries to fight against Covid. The government’s response to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nepal has been slow and poorly managed. The government’s willingness to devote its attention to the crisis remains unclear. The prime minister, K.P. Sharma Oli, has repeatedly recommended herbal remedies, such as guava leaves, as a cure for Covid-19.

With the crisis continuing In Nepal, marginalized communities in remote villages are relying on our support now more than ever. To deliver the support is a challenge in itself, but we are not giving up. We will continue to support these communities as much as possible with immediate response. This is possible because, as a local organization, The Small World team can reach them faster, their situations are well known to us, and we closely coordinate with local authorities to make bigger impacts on the ground and work together to get through this difficult situation.

We are also deeply concerned about long term support, especially for continuing children's education. Our staff are working hard to provide a safe place to live with free quality education for orphans and other at risk, vulnerable children. However, their continuing education, which is already endangered, will certainly be in jeopardy after this pandemic, which could last for many months or even years.

We’re doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services directly to our over 300 children which includes the Himalayan Hope Home in Kathmandu, Friends of Arhaus Children’s Home in the Everest region, the Solukhumbu Girls' dorm for higher education, and many other children we support along with their families.

We are trying to adapt as quickly as possible to our changing reality, but with such a great deal of uncertainty, we have no idea when the situation will normalize with the ongoing lockdown, further damage to the economy, and with most of Nepal’s health system collapsing. Government aid, which is accessible in developed countries, does not exist at all in Nepal. Every family and community, including vulnerable children, are totally responsible for their own welfare, even in circumstances beyond their control, such as world pandemics. And today, if people are infected with Covid-19, they receive no aid but must handle all expenses, even in hospital.

But for now, for today, we want to make sure all our children are safe and have enough food for a minimum of 6 months, including face masks, educational materials, drinking water, and basic health care. To accomplish this minimum, additional support is urgently needed. Now, more than ever, our hundreds of children and communities need us. And we need you. In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are.

 Thank you & Namaste ! Stay safe and Strong ! 

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 

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Supporting Girls with gift of education

Dear Friends and Supporters , Namaste from Nepal ! 

The Small World has been dedicated for years to providing education to children and is convinced of its significance in breaking the cycle of poverty in Nepal.

Today, with the world still suffering from a global pandemic and forced lockdowns, tourism, a major source of income for Nepal, has been virtually nonexistent. With a dearth of tourists and no more burgeoning throngs of trekkers, porters and many others whose livelihoods depend on the tourism sector have been out of work for over a year.

Above and beyond the existing challenges for at risk children whose education and holistic wellbeing we have been supporting, the Covid-19 , lockdown and lost jobs situation has created a new classification of at-risk children, about 35 to 40% in rural areas, who had been attending school but have dropped out due to this loss of family income.

It’s an urgent matter, and we have developed this new program to help before the loss of education creates a crippling situation of further loss. We have seen evidence in the past that more serious future problems for their family and community will most likely manifest unless their education is restored.

AMBASSADORS FOR EDUCATION TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S EDUCATION 
The Small World has been blessed for years with the volunteer work of many extraordinary international students who have learned firsthand about the challenges we face in Nepal and the importance of education for its children.

We welcome these special students as well as any other interested high school and university students and volunteers to join this project and participate as Ambassadors for Education. As advocates, they will have free rein to take the initiative and create new avenues to share our information with the world which can also include blogs and established social media – it’s up to them.

On a monthly basis, starting in March 2021, all ambassadors will meet remotely with us to share ideas, inspiration, receive updated information from Nepal, connect with community, and lead as change makers by working locally and impacting globally.

In these meetings, we will also discuss sustainable solutions and work together with the children’s families and local community members to help them come up with ideas for work so they can fund support on their own when this program ends.

OUR SOLUTION

• Our urgent hope is to provide 350 children with an education sponsorship program for just one year.

• $1.00 USD a day for one year & yearly $ 350 for a child will cover the school tuitions, uniforms, books, school bag, a set of clothing, and counseling for children and their families.

WE ARE PARTNERING WITH GLOBALGIVING, A RESPECTED INTERNATIONAL CROWDFUNDING NONPROFIT. IT SUPPORTS OTHER NONPROFITS WORKING IN REMOTE AREAS AROUND THE WORLD BY CONNECTING THEM WITH DONORS AND TRANSFERRING AID AND PHILANTHROPY FOR COMMUNITY-LED PROJECTS

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Dear Friends, Namaste & Happy Holiday Season to you & your family!

The fact that the year 2020 came with immense challenges for all of us cannot be denied. Though it seems like we are all in the same boat, for Nepal, the Covid-19 pandemic was the third tragedy since 1996 to threaten its progress as a nation and its very survival. For a full decade, the Maoist rebellion rocked the country, finally ending in 2006. Nepal had barely recovered from that trauma when the next overwhelming event occurred - the devastating earthquake of 2015. This pandemic is the most recent in a series of violent and seemingly never-ending upheavals. 

The Maoist insurrection caused the deaths of over 17,000 people, including civilians, insurgents, army and police personnel, destroyed thousands of schools, and resulted in the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (mostly in rural Nepal). Though some children have been given education and protective support, due to the lack of funds, many schools still have to be repaired or replaced.

 
Then, while people were still recovering from the post Maoist Civil War, a massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude shook Nepal on April 25, 2015 killed over 9,000 people and according to UNICEF, destroyed or damaged around 9,000 schools and 30,000 classrooms. Almost one million children were out of school in the immediate aftermath and the quake was followed by a major aftershock on May 12. Government support was very limited post-earthquake and it left civilians without much hope.

 

On top of these two major events has come the pandemic known as COVID-19, which has completely damaged Nepal and its people. In Nepal, there is no trillion-dollar aid package and there are no unemployment benefits. This is making life very critical here, and people are on the verge of losing everything, including any hope for survival. As a local organization, we need your support now...more than ever.

If at all possible, please consider making a Year End Gift to
The Small World.
 Our work is continuing to make a real difference, but there is still so much to be done.

The Small World is a locally run non-profit organization responding directly to community needs by implementing initiatives through your donations directly and efficiently. Your support also helps us to build capacity at the local level and to provide sustainable community development and support for the long term.
 We make it easy, quick, and safe to support vulnerable communities and children on the ground because we understand their needs better than anyone else.

We were there long before the news cameras arrived, and we’ll be there long after the cameras leave. We know how to make our communities more resilient to future disasters, and we’re already hard at work. All your generous donations and grants make a difference directly on the ground and help to provide support.
 
As we look ahead to the many challenges of 2021, this year’s Year End Gift from you will be more important than ever for the The Small World and our community.

With your help, we will continue to keep over 3,000 children in schools; over 200 girls in schools & collages; 100 orphans and vulnerable children in a safe place to live with the gift of education; the agricultural support program, “Seeds of Hope" for over 500 women and their families and a thriving future for over 10,000 local community members.
 

Donate Now at A Year End Gift: to Change the Lives of children

Thank you and Namaste from Nepal.
Karma & Sonam Sherpa
The Small World

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Dear Friends and Supporters, Namaste & Happy Holidays ! 

Year 2020 came with lots of challanges for all of us wround the globe and left many of us with heavy hearts but this weight was lifted with our connections with amazing supporters like you.


Every year we had the privilage to welcome our donors, supporters, volunteers, friends and familes in Nepal and work side by side in communities and share our progress and updates but this year due to global pandemic none of those became possible. So we are trying to share our important work progress of 2020 through this video.

On behalf of our community, families of porter, single mothers, children and girls we would like to thank you and we hope to continue working with you in future.

During this week of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share how thankful we are for all of our donors, friends, and families around the globe who support our life-changing work. We couldn’t do it without you. This year, due to the Pandemic, The Small World had to quickly pivot to find a way to support, connect and relieve families and communities from the crisis this virus has created for the most vulnerable families who already struggle with many challenges.

You play an incredibly important role in Helping our Children, vulnerable women and families of trekking porters, daily wage earners and single mothers and we deeply appreciate your support. 

As we look ahead to the many challenges of 2021, this year’s giving Tuesday will be more important than ever for The Small World.  With your help, we will provide a safe place to live, parental care, and educational opportunities for over 100 new children in our newly constructed Arhaus Children’s Home; support our ongoing programs, “Himalayan Hope Home,” “Solukhumbhu Girls Dorm,” “Community Health Center,” “Sponsorships,” and offer critical resources for our communities as well.

On December 1st, our partner, GlobalGiving, is giving away $1 Million. With $1 Million in funding available from GlobalGiving, we need your help to reach our goal of raising $50,000 to support Arhaus Children’s Home. The more you give, the larger share we get out of $1 Million USD in incentive funds.


Please Consider Making a Gift Today on Giving Tuesday December 1st 2020. 

Thank You for Supporting.
Karma Sherpa 
Executive Director & Co-Founder
The Small World
www.thesmallworld.org 

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I hope this email finds you well. Here, we like to share with you updates from fields and thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope " Self sustainable Covid-19 relief program in Nepal.

Right now, in South east Asia Nepal became Covid Hotspot and everyday on average two dozen people are dying .In addition to the coronavirus pandemic, Nepal is facing multiple other challenges . People can't work and they can't earn. As in the rest of the world, food is more expensive because of interruption to supply lines with the country in lockdown since March 2020. But in Nepal, it is much more fatal.

Over four months ago, we have iniatated locally driven Covid-19  relife sustainable program called " Seeds of Hope" self sustainable relief program.  In this program, we been able to support over 500 women and their families with your geneorus support in most remore region of Solukhumbu district in Everest region. 

Now most of those crops are ready for harvest. Walking from home to home to assess the program’s progress, our field mobilizers and agriculture experts are happy to report nothing but happiness and success stories.

While we are all facing our own sets of challenges and learning to live with the “new normal,” it is inspiring to know that over 500 families in Solukhumbhu are sharing the joys of self-reliance and independence from growing their own food and knowing that they do not have to depend on unreliable food aid. Also since lockdown from December all school are remained closed so this our program also been great asset to teach thier children about agriculture and great moment of working together with mother and all family members as a beautiful program since all other jobs like trekking porters, construction, school and many other work in Himalayan region are still closed down due to the Covid-19. 

The village women have been sharing how working in the farm and tending to the gardens of beans, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and many more crops, is actually giving them mental peace and joy. “Every morning as we tend to our little growing seeds, it gives us hopes that our days can be much different than what it used to be,” Sita from Loading village said. Many women are planning to sell their excess vegetables in the Saturday markets and expand their farming into actual businesses, while others prefer to preserve their excess vegetables for winter.

Kamala glowed with happiness as she shared her story with us. “I always dreamed of being self-reliant, but I got married early and ended up growing kids and fully dependent on my husband. Life is hard because my husband is working abroad, but income is not good and with the pandemic I was very worried for our future. When I got these seeds and the training, I was confident that I can do something on my own. Today, I am very happy that everything seems to be growing fine despite a lot of monsoon rain here. I am planning to sell the vegetables and generate some income because this is a lot more than my family can consume.”

Some basic skills taught, e.g., how to start seeds properly, pruning, 3G cutting, adding the right amount of compost fertilizer, use of raised beds, etc., were just some of the new ideas the farmers learned during the training. For example, they were happy and surprised to see the difference between the amount of tomatoes grown traditionally and after 3G cutting.

Overall, the women accepted the program wholeheartedly and, as a result, not only have fresh, healthy, home-grown foods on their plates, but also have exciting possibilities for a bright new future, food security, and happiness to share with their families.

What has proven to be very beneficial are the groups that were formed, each consisting of 25 women, with two key leaders from each group. The leaders are the liaisons between the Small World team and the women and contact us if anyone needs additional support from our experts. The women have very much enjoyed this arrangement because they can easily share their stories and problems and find solutions in their groups. Through this, the women are empowered to find workable solutions, build relationships, establish trust and independence, increase self-esteem, self- reliance, and a stronger community, all vital qualities, especially during the world pandemic.

We are determined to reach out to more women in need in spite of the challenging world and local situations. Without your support, however, none of this would be possible. We are very thankful to everyone who has helped us to reach these families and bring new hope and enormously beneficial change to their lives. 

Namaste & Thank You.

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 
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