May 13, 2021

Namaste to Small World's Family & Friends

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 

Links:

May 12, 2021

2nd wave of COVID spreading through Nepal like a wildfire

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.

                                                                    

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Thank you and Namaste ! 

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

Links:

May 3, 2021

Appealing for Himalayan Children's Education

Children going back to school with our support
Children going back to school with our support

Dear Friends and Supporters, Namaste !

we hope despite the situation you all are in good health. Here in Nepal like anywhere in the world after very difficult one year we are again trapped by 2nd wave of Covid and things are shutting down once again, people are scared this will be a lot tougher this time.

We pray and hope that things will get better sooner than later and will have the courage to overcome this Pandemic. Our hopes are bigger than the current situation and we will together recover this.

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.

Appealing for Himalayan 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 you 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.

All ambassadors or supporters 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.

IMPACT
Support for these children during this global emergency will prevent them from becoming a permanent school dropout and save them from at risk situations like child labor and trafficking as well as girls being forced into becoming child brides.

Together, you and your sponsored child will start a special relationship that changes both your lives. Because of you, your sponsored child will have what every child deserves - a future.

You can join us to "Educate a Child to Educate the World" by donating or by being ambassdor of this project to share and create awareness among in your family, community and network in your own words because they know you and they understand your language better than anyone else .

  Donate Now 

Namaste ! and Thank you very much !

Karma and Sonam Sherpa 
www.thesmallworld.org 

children working for school education
children working for school education
children's who need your support
children's who need your support
 
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