COVID-19  Nepal Project #49340

Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas

by Himalayan Life Switzerland
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas
Tidal Wave of Poverty in the Himalayas

Education as the true game changer for poverty-stricken families and communities has further become the focus of this project. Apart from supporting the education of 30+ children in the more rural Chepang communities of Chitwan, we are in the process of setting up a hostel for those children who simply do not have access to schooling from their remote homes. The hostel is scheduled to commence its operations with 20 children in November. It is located in Rapti Nagarpalika, Chitwan, adjacent to the regional school in Thakaltaar, and will be run in collaboration with the school and local authorities.


Here is an impact story, relayed by one of our staff members:


"A girl named Susumita BK has been a regular participant in our program. She was studying in grade 8 and had to pause her studies due to her family's financial condition. But with the help of Himalayan Life Chitwan she has resumed her studies and goes to her school regularly."


A simple story in simple words about the hopes and future of a young woman RESTORED. A big Thank You to all who have donated and turned around lives such as Susmita's.


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kids @ school in Yeuralitar
kids @ school in Yeuralitar

With Covid slowly being less of an immediate threat, the time has come to pivot from relief to education. After having distributed more than 100,000 pounds of rice to over 2,000 families to ensure their survival, we are now focusing on long term help for the families in the most remote areas of Chitwan.

HimalayanLife being an organization focused on sustainable transformation, we firmly believe in the power of education. We are therefore pivoting to providing access to schooling to the families of the Chepang community in the Rapti Nagarpalika Word No 11, 12, and 13. Collaboration with the local school has commenced. we are supporting children of families whose homes are up to 4 hours of walking distance away from the school, so that they have access to hostel facilities close to the school. Currently, 30 children are being supported in this way.

HimalayanLife relief arriving in Yearalitar
HimalayanLife relief arriving in Yearalitar
Relief distribution and school support
Relief distribution and school support
kids @ school - even in Yeuralitar!
kids @ school - even in Yeuralitar!
mum and baby receiving relief
mum and baby receiving relief
HimalayanLife and locals distributing relief
HimalayanLife and locals distributing relief
receiving much needed clothing
receiving much needed clothing
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
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Covid continues to wreak havoc on economically marginalized individualks, families and communities in Nepal, who are typically dependant on the highly volatile daily labour market. In the absence of unemploymet benefits or any other form of goverment assistance, there is simply no marginto their precarious existence. Poverty rapidly translates into hunger and dispair.

At HimalayanLife, we are grateful for the opportunity to reach out to such marginalized families and communities. Just days before Christmas, we reached the 80,000 pound mark: 80,000 pounds of rice, along with lentels, tea leaves, oil, and other essential food staples have been distributed as relief to over 2,000 families.

Of course we have also provided Christmas gifts to hundreds of Children, und invited the impoverishe families to a hardy meal in the sense of a Christmas celebration.

With the threat of further restrictions and partial lockdowns on the horizon due to the spread of Omricon, we are preparing to provide more relief to families whose survival depends on it.

We are grateful for the donations that allow this work to continue!

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Jungle community members gather for relief items.
Jungle community members gather for relief items.

As the third wave has been ravaging through the country of Nepal, Covid has come closer to home for us at Himalayan Life. With staff members getting ill and a few having to be hospitalized, the danger of the virus has been tangible in the last few months.

Continued lockdowns across the country have attempted to slow the transmission, yet the impact on the livelihoods of families has been devastating, leaving families without food for days at a time. Himalayan Life’s team has been working hard to address these needs for families. In the last three months, 400 adults and 250 children have been given relief packages in jungle communities across the Chitwan region.

Loveson, the project leader in Chitwan, told us that one lady expressed her deepest gratitude for the relief items sharing that for some days her family has been without food and now with the relief package, they can eat for days without worry!

We are grateful for the donations that allow this work to continue!

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The second wave of the present Covid pandemic has been holding Nepal hostage for the past few weeks since mid April. Once again, strict lockdowns have been imoposed on the cities and rural communities alike across the country. However, this second wave has proven much more agressive in terms of transmissability and fatality rates than the first wave last year.

Once again, the poor are bearing the brunt of the economic impact. Day laborors are going without work and pay, and in the absence of help from the government, many families are simply unable to put food on the table.

Until May 15th, 2021, HimalayanLfe has been able to provide the following relief:

24,000 pound of rice, along with soybeans, oil, lentals, salt, tea

to 16 jungle communities

including 464 families with 1657 children and 911 adults

We appreciate all the donations which are making possible our continued relief efforts!

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Himalayan Life Switzerland

Location: Wetzikon - Switzerland
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Bernd Betschmann
Wetzikon, Switzerland
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