COVID-19  Nepal Project #46487

Relief Fund for Coronavirus Pandemic Victims

by Association for Dalit Women's Advancement of Nepal
Relief Fund for Coronavirus Pandemic Victims

Nepal has been facing a new wave of the coronavirus over the past few weels, causing a sudden spike in the number of new infections and deaths. The rapid The second wave of COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Nepal. Data shows that Nepal is going to be the second India very soon. The life of all the people is going rather than worse. Many people died in the street, yard of hospitals, inside ambulance and on the way to hospital. There is no chances to cremation of the dead bodies in an electric crematorium because of the limitation of burnt. People start burring dead bodies on the bank of Bagmati River in Kathmandu and in other part of Nepal, there are obligation to bury up to 6 dead bodies in a pit.

In the first wave of COVID-19, the people are not infected in rural areas but in this second wave people are infected rapidly everywhere. So life is becoming harder that worse to save life from both coronavirus and hunger. In villages there are no vehicles to reach the hospital. The local government is trying to set up isolation center without oxygen cylinder. The record shows that the most of the people were died caused low oxygen level. So that, in this time the most needful thing is oxygen cylinders for local isolation centers is much appreciated. The local government and all the local social activists are worried about to save the life of people because there are no hospital nearby and no vehicle services. The condition of the rural people are so critical, who are just trying to stand from the hit of first wave of coronavirus but the second wave hit them hard and push then into huge health problems and food crisis. The time is on the door, many people is going die due to lack of oxygen and hospital bed and starvation. In present, there are three types of problems facing the COVID patients and their families; one, it's really hard to reach hospital due to vehicle unavailability, second, hard to get a hospital bed and third, even get a bed it is so expensive. So, it became in the responsibility on the soldier of social activists to save the life of people.

That is why we hope your generous support will continue and we kindly request your help again. Also, please share this report with your family, friends and relatives because your small support make a big impact in the lives of many poor people in rural Nepal. We at ADWAN express profound gratitude for the consistent and generous support from kind-hearted people like you. Together, in partnership, we will continue to be an agent of change for Dalit as well as other marginalized, poor women and children in Nepal. Special thanks from the bottom of our heart go to GlobalGiving team for creating such a wonderful platform and supporting needy people all over the world.

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Report for Covid-19 Emergency Fund

What is the number of:

  • Families reached     :           244 families.
  • Total beneficiaries   :           976 (Average 4 people in a family)

Crisis invites violence in every family and abuses can happen when all the people locked in society and home. We ran short awareness session on "against domestic violence and abuses" during the crisis in relief distribution time. With that session we reached 244 women and men from every households.

We deeply focused to very poor and daily wage working people who were in food crisis than sanitary items because situation has been worsening with the uncertain extension of lock down. At its start, the daily wage earners in informal sectors were seen as the most vulnerable groups because they used to fulfill hand to mouth problem by daily wage earnings. Earlier only the most vulnerable groups faced economic crisis vastly but later the situation of better position people were also going through the critical condition. They were in the situation of starvation. So that, ADWAN decided to distribute food items. The following table contains necessary information about emergency relief activities at Gorkha and Chitwan districts.

Challenges:

Authorization from local government: To receive distribution permission was critical challenge we faced in starting phase because Nepal government has implemented one door system for relief distribution. According to the government policy, the most vulnerable who do not have any source of income of their own, nor have any option for income generation would get relief through the local government or in collaboration with the ward. At the end, ADWAN distributed some relief package to them who were in immediate needs collaboration with ward in place of rural municipality, municipality and Metropolitan city.

High demand of neighboring community people: We mostly reached to those community where ADWAN affiliated women lives. In time of food crisis the neighbor community people came to us and asked for food item. We couldn't address their demand in this time because of budget limitation and return them we will visit your village in next phase of distribution if we receive sufficient donation from international donor agencies. And we provided package to some people who were in most need and recommended by ward chairman.

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ADWAN’s beneficiaries are low-caste, marginalized, poor Nepali women andchildren.  Most live in remote rural areas isolated by ignorance, gender bias and the caste system, as well as marginalized in their families and communities. In one of the poorest nations in the world, Dalit women and girls are among the most vulnerable and the last to receive any education. 

ADWAN always stands for the vulnerable people when they need help. We are the first responder after we’ve got the information from the affected area. Our board along with staffs have connection with local government authority and actively involved to select appropriate beneficiaries. We involved two boards, 2 staffs and 6 volunteers in Chitwan and Gorkha district. Special emphasis was placed on the neediest families. We also involved member from the local government authority to ensure that we identified real needy and poverty-stricken families. Member of local government gave us adequate cooperation in this regard.

The needs and priorities are changed in comparison to the start of lock down. Situation has been worsening with the uncertain extension of lock down. At its start, the daily wage earners in informal sectors were seen as the most vulnerable groups because they used to fulfill hand to mouth problem by daily wage earnings. But long time duration of deadlock has impacted their stable economic condition as their source of income has been stopped, the alternate source of income from their husbands’ foreign employment, and Dalit’s professional work for tailoring in market place or in garments has been completely closed. Earlier only the most vulnerable groups faced economic crisis vastly but at present situation women of better position are also going through the critical condition. They are in the situation of starvation. All the people need food support in present condition.

The family head that received our relief items passed very positive comments. During visit of our Office staff members they interviewed a lot of affected people. The affected families appreciated our efforts as they received relief good items in timely manner. They said that ADWAN has selected genuinely affected and the poorest families who have no other alternative to provide food. Local people assisted our team members during distribution as they were satisfied with our beneficiary selection and quantity of food and hoping for more if lock down go for more days.

There is no work to earn; the poor villagers are passing days half-fed, the children’s are waiting for food. ADWAN knows that, the relief was insufficient according to their needs, but lack of fund crisis we are unable to distribute more food for the affected people after having huge demand of community people. To support them we need financial support from our friends, well-wisher and development partners. The GG supports will be very encouragement to the lock-down affected peoples to survive from the starvation.   

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Association for Dalit Women's Advancement of Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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ADWAN NEPAL
Kathmandu, Nepal

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