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

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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Dear Small World's Family & Friends, Namaste ! 

We believe, Covid-19 is affecting everyone’s way of life globally and even harder challenging has been facing here in Nepal. It’s been over 50 days of lockdown. So far, 273 people are reported as positive for the virus, but thousands more are facing a much larger issue. Already marginalized communities that depend on daily wages are now facing the largest challenge: hunger due to lockdown. Pregnant women and young children are hardest hit by this. Recently, UNICEF warned that “over 4,000 children may die in Nepal in the next 6 months due to lockdown.”

 

In the First Phase of our outreach effort, The Small World, in coordination with local governments (for transparency and to prevent duplication) has provided basic support to the communities we’ve worked with for the last 14 years; these supplies, which include rice, lentils, soap, oil, and baby food, have to date benefited over 2,000 families for 15 days.

 

We also continue to take care of our 35 girls in the Hope Home in Kathmandu and 40 girls for higher education in Solukhumbhu, along with our hundreds of sponsored children.

 

The Small World working Himalayan communities are becoming more vulnerable due to high altitude; mostly just one season crops are growing. In general, people depend on seasonal trekking to work as porters, traveling for construction work, etc., but now all doors are closed with the COVID lockdown.

 

Marginalized communities in remote villages rely on our support now more than ever. To deliver the support is a challenge in itself in this crisis, but we are not giving up. We will continue to support these communities as much as possible through 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 for long term support, especially for continuing children's education. Our staffs are working hard to provide a safe place to live with free quality education for those who are orphans and 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 weeks or even months. If you wish to support a child by sponsoring yearly $1000 per child which help to cover meals, education & all necessary support for a child.

 

This project has deep connections and bonds with local community members and the area’s culture and geography. We are working together with local community members to protect and educate children as well as deepen their relationship and respect for their people, culture and land; in essence, during their education, they are not alienated from their social background, language, or culture. In fact, they are given support to value it.

 

We’re doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to these remote communities. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt as quickly as possible to our changing reality. Now, more than ever, our communities need us. And we need you.

In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.

 

Stay safe and well,

Karma Sherpa

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Location: kathmandu - Nepal
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Karma Sherpa
kathmandu, Nepal

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