Jun 8, 2021

Project update for June 2021

Covid News
Covid News

The situation in Nepal is getting worse each day.

 Since our last report, the Covid-19 situation in Nepal mirrors what we are seeing day-by-day on the news regarding India. Schools are closed, Kathmandu is in Lockdown, everything is in short supply and many families now have no income.

More than 580,000 Nepalis have become infected since the pandemic began, and the country has suffered more than 7,700 deaths. That means more than 2% of Nepal's population has tested positive for the coronavirus. By comparison, data from John's Hopkins University show about 1% of Americans have tested positive – in a much better-resourced health system.

Looking after our 60+ children in these circumstances is proving a challenge for our team in Nepal; our board chairperson (Sunita) has Covid-19 but thankfully is recovering. Raja has also managed to bring our four students studying in India back to Nepal, and ensured testing and isolation is in place to keep them (and others) safe.

So far, we’re doing a great job looking after the children we care for and are going beyond our immediate commitments to answer calls for help from the local community in Kathmandu. The calls for help are increasing daily as the pandemic continues to multiply. 

“The World Health Organization tells us that only 0.3% of Covid-19 vaccine supply is going to low-income countries. They are urging countries to consider donating vaccine to poorer nations before vaccinating children, through the Covax global vaccine sharing system. What an act of grace that would be.”

Your support makes a BIG difference. 

With your support we are maintaining home schooling and are also assisting families with food and schooling materials as so many in Nepal now have no income and no welfare support. 

We’re also planning to bring our two special needs girls out of their current boarding school and bring them into a foster care home situation that will be safer and also enable the foster mum to stay home and provide safe family care for the girls. 

Meeting the challenge.

Our focus for the present must be to ensure we get through the challenges of Covid-19, and so we will close this project after the report has been sent out and maintain our reporting via our primary GlobalGiving project:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/after-school-support-to-30-needy-kids-in-nepal/ 

As we try and meet the many calls for Covid support we will initiate new projects to address specific needs, however we ask that you stay with us and follow the work that you’ve enabled by checking in to the above project or visiting our website.

“They” will not help, but WE can! 

This news report makes clear that our Western Culture is “looking after ‘me’ first”.

New data shows that Canada, the UK, the EU, the US and Japan have collectively procured 5.3 billion vaccine doses despite having a collective population of just over 1 billion, according to the Global Health Innovation Center at Duke University in the US. Considering most vaccines require two doses for full vaccination, it means the world’s wealthiest countries could “double vaccinate” their entire populations and be left with plenty to spare.” 

Each one of us can make a real difference, and it is only each one of us that does make a difference. We can overcome the culture of hoarding and taking more than what we need, by sharing what we already have. 

In the year ahead we have a budget commitment of is $171,000 and less than 50% of that comes from regular committed sponsors. Due to Covid restrictions and travel restrictions our capacity for fundraising initiatives is somewhat limited, however there is a rising feeling of compassion in the world and we’re optimistic that this will result in more people wanting to help and make a difference. 

Finally, Thank you again, for being part of a wonderful family that is supporting a number of wonderful families. 

We need your support now more than ever to get us through these difficult times, and some of our sponsors are also experiencing financial hardships. If you can share you story of giving with friends and encourage them to also be a part of this valuable community that would be awesome. 

With Covid-19 restrictions we cannot hold fundraising events, but perhaps we are heading toward a more compassionate world; perhaps the era of “giving” is becoming infectious.

 

Peace & Love, Peter H

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home schooling
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May 24, 2021

Project update for May2021

Guardian News Headline
Guardian News Headline

The situation in Nepal has deteriorated.

Since our last report, the Covid-19 situation in Nepal mirrors what we are seeing day-by-day on the news regarding India. Schools are closed, Kathmandu is in Lockdown, everything is in short supply and many families now have no income.  

“On Wednesday, Nepal recorded 8,064 cases and 246 deaths from COVID-19, the highest single-day fatality, with the death toll reaching 5,657. The country now has over 480,000 total cases.” [20th May] 

Looking after our 60+ children in these circumstances is proving a challenge for our team in Nepal; our board chairperson (Sunita) has Covid-19 but thankfully is recovering. Raja has also managed to bring our four students studying in India back to Nepal, and ensured testing and isolation is in place to keep them (and others) safe. 

So far, we’re doing a great job looking after the children we care for and are going beyond our immediate commitments to answer calls for help from the local community in Kathmandu. The calls for help are increasing daily as the pandemic continues to multiply. 

The World Health Organization tells us that only 0.3% of Covid-19 vaccine supply is going to low-income countries. They are urging countries to consider donating vaccine to poorer nations before vaccinating children, through the Covax global vaccine sharing system. What an act of grace that would be.

Your gifts are multiplying each and every day. 

Ten years ago, some friends of IGWR sponsored a child, last year that child qualified as a doctor.

The doctor to population ratio for the whole country is 0.58 per 1000, in Australia it is 3.52 per 1000.So, the extra doctor we have brought to life in Nepal is very much what is needed now in this time of crisis, and into the future.

Your gifts make a real and ongoing difference, and as we can now see it is a life-giving difference that continues to give life. 

Our older students are providing home schooling to the younger ones during the lockdown, and again it serves as a delightful example of how our giving to one has a ripple effect to others. 

The lesson we’ve learnt is that we can all make a difference, it might look small to us, but it can have huge implications for others. And perhaps if we set the example, then our governments and other governments will slowly awaken to the reality that only when we are looking after everyone are we looking after ourselves.

  Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.

                                                                                         Bob Marley

So, what more can we do? 

The global unfolding of the Covid-19 pandemic has fuelled a disturbance in all that was previously seen as normal, and perhaps slowly we are awakening to a new perspective of ‘normal’. This awakening will take time, for it requires a global cooperation that was not a characteristic of the old normal.

But we can make a difference now, and the more help we can get, the more help we can give. 

 Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher, can change the world.

                                                                                  Malala Yousafzai 

Our budget requires us to prioritise. 

In the year ahead will focus on seeking more sponsors to help us meet out commitments. Our budget is $171,000 and less than 50% of that comes from regular committed sponsors.

Due to Covid restrictions and travel restrictions our capacity for fundraising initiatives is somewhat limited, however there is a rising feeling of compassion in the world and we’re optimistic that this will result in more people wanting to help and make a difference. [More details of our budget and expenses are available on our website] 

And we will reach out to do more if we can. 

o We have a waiting list of children in need and as new sponsors join us so we will be able to secure the schooling for those children hoping we can help them. 

o We’re planning to buy one or more Oxygen Concentrators as insurance due to the lack of available medical care in Nepal. These can be used at home and be loaned out to the wider community. 

o We are also making up food parcels for families that no longer have an income due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

However, these initiatives are very much dependant on the generosity of those that can help and join us in our efforts to make a difference in Nepal.

Thank You for your generosity, Thank You  for sharing in making a difference and Thank You for giving kids a chance.

Peter H (IGWR Inc.)

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

                                                                               Barack Obama

 

                             

Covid Stats for 22nd May
Covid Stats for 22nd May
Guardian News commentary
Guardian News commentary
Pray
Pray
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safe, home schooling

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Mar 22, 2021

Final Project update

Smiles reflect a healthy life
Smiles reflect a healthy life

News brief for the current situation in Nepal     

The infection rate has fallen steadily, from an average of 3,000 daily cases in October to about 300 in January. Last week, Nepal recorded its first day since August without a Covid-related death.

Amid the pandemic, the ruling Communist party has been preoccupied with infighting. Despite a large majority, the prime minister, KP Sharma Oli, dissolved parliament in December and called for early elections in an apparent bid to renege on a power-sharing agreement with a rival – a move his opponents claim is unconstitutional.

But even as the health risks appear to recede, the economic fallout from the virus has been dire. Levels of unemployment and personal debt have soared, particularly for those working in tourism ‘and the informal sector.  [Guardian 11th February 2021]

IGWR-Nepal moving into a post-Covid position          

We are planning our 2021-22 budget without any provision for developing rural school infrastructure projects. This is a reflection of the reality both globally and in Nepal.

It is unlikely that we will be able to send teams to Nepal untill much later this year at the earliest. However, we continue to provide three homes for children/students and are supporting sixty kids in full-time education.

We will therefore make this the last project up date for this particular project and will continue to report via our other major project which in turn will be expanded to reflect our full activities:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/after-school-support-to-30-needy-kids-in-nepal/

During the pandemic we’ve all realised how dependant we are (globally) on each other; and we’ve also learnt to ‘work remotely’; so maybe as we break through the pandemic, we will actually be better equipped to make an even bigger difference; and when a new ‘normal’ emerges many more will want to reach out and help those less fortunate than we are.

What can you do to help?           

Raja and the team in Nepal have achieved so much, and have kept the children safe and home-schooled during the most challenging times of 2020. As we move beyond Covid into a new-normal we anticipate that even more will be achieved.

We’re planning new vocational training programs for children graduating from high school and once it is safe we will again look at supporting rural schools that require assistance.

GlobalGiving is an ideal platform for these new initaitives to emerge through new targetted projects, so please consider becoming a regualr (monthly) supporter as we make plans for the future of the sixtry children we’re currently looking after.

And, follow us via our web-site or scial media pages so that you can see the very real difference YOU are making in the lives of others.

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post covid thoughts
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back to school after lockdown
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