This summer, as COVID devastated Nepal, 5 organizations representing +2.9M households launched the Together for Nepal (TFN) campaign. This project supports them to prevent a third wave by promoting vaccine acceptance and access among Indigenous peoples and local, rural communities. With your support, TFN will also support emerging community resilience by promoting locally-led enterprises, traditional ecological knowledge, and community forestry across their national reach.
At the peak of the 2nd wave (May 2021), Nepal reported +9,000 daily cases and a test positivity rate of 46.7%, the highest worldwide. Now, only 19% of Nepalis have been vaccinated. Millions are unemployed, schools are closed, and medical care is financially inaccessible. Nepal relies on remittances from migrants abroad as well as tourism, which mobility restrictions obstruct. Vaccine hesitancy and a barriers to access--the queue takes hours and is an exposure risk--may invite a 3rd wave.
During the pandemic and in collaboration with governments, TFN expedited relief and livelihood support to +2,200 communities, organized national awareness campaigns, arranged for medical equipment, opened 1,411 quarantine centers, and distributed food, masks, and sanitary materials to rural and Indigenous communities. This fall, TFN is mobilizing for vaccination awareness and affordable healthcare. TFN will also support locally-led enterprises and community resilience across their reach.
Nepal has shown the world the power of community forestry for decades. We are now called to show solidarity at this time of crisis, which threatens to undermine decades of progress achieved by the country's Indigenous Peoples and local communities. By supporting Together for Nepal, you help the country cope with the pandemic, and also contribute to reducing deforestation, empowering women leaders, and alleviating poverty for its most vulnerable communities.
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