COVID-19  Nepal Project #45910

Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund

by The Small World
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund
Nepal Covid Relief Food
Nepal Covid Relief Food

Dear Small World Friends and Family, Namaste !

Here at The Small World, we very much hope that you are all doing well and in good health!

Today, we are very excited to give you an update illustrating just how important your support is in making a difference in the lives of thousands of vulnerable people, including children, women, trekking porters, and daily wage workers.

It’s been over a month, and we have been supporting an average of 350-400 extremely vulnerable people with hot and nutritious dhal bhat meals (rice, lentil, curry, salads and meat). To date, this program has benefited over 10,000 people and we continue to keep supporting it thanks to your generous support.

Currently, there is a half lockdown and gradually people are trying to return back to their normal lives in finding jobs and re-opening shops and businesses. We have categories of people who are living with families after job losses, especially trekking porters, since it’s been over 18 months that trekking businesses closed down in Nepal due to Covid; so we have identified these people and are supporting them by providing a Rice Pack of 25 Kilo grams, plus lentils and salt; in total, this relief package is estimated to provide relief for a family of 3-4 for 20 days.  In this first phase relief program, we have distributed these packages to 100 families last Friday, but goal is reach over 300 families and over 1200 people will eventually be benefiting. 

The Small World’s own graduated student volunteers are working hard to create awareness to stop Covid spreading by educating and distributing face masks and sanitizers to over 8,000 people.

In conclusion, the first phase of our relief support has achieved the following: Dhal Bhat packed lunches benefiting close to 5,000 people; the rice, lentils, oil and salt packages benefiting 300 families for an estimated 25 days; and the distribution of 8,000 face masks and sanitizers.

Trekking workers living in Kathmandu who have lost their jobs due to Corona have been complaining and expressing frustration with the ignorance of the State and their companies.

While knowing that The Small World keeps distributing relief material, Lhakpa , a trekking worker from Solukhumbu who has been living in Kathmandu, complained that the State had not provided a relief package even after the year he lost his job. "When the tourism sector was good, one could earn a living all year round, but it is difficult to run a daily earning as the tourism sector has been affected due to Covid. In such a situation, tourism-related organizations and state bodies should help. But unfortunately, we are neglected,” he explained. “The money saved by carrying heavy loads for tourists is all gone. We need to live in a tenant house. How can we pay the rent? The problem keeps on increasing.”

Dendi from  Solukhumbu district, said that now he had to leave Kathmandu. After losing his previous job, he could not find any other way to earn a living. “Before Covid, there used to be a good amount of earnings but I have been empty-handed now,” he said. “In this pandemic, if the State provides support to its citizens, it will be a moment of relief.” Trekking workers all seem to concur with the complaint that though they have lost their jobs, the government has not provided any aid at all and, even worse, they don’t see any forthcoming.

 

Nepal’s legendary Mountaineer, Kazi , joined in The Small World’s relief distribution to porters, guides, and daily workers in Kathmandu on Friday. Sherpa holds the Guinness World Record for being the fastest Everest climber without supplement oxygen. Kazi thanks The Small World and Trek Relief for this important relief work during these most difficult times. He has expressed deep gratitude to international communities and all friends of Nepal for their generous support and made an appeal in the hopes they will all continue their support for porters and guides.  

We are very grateful to you for joining The Small World in the fight against Covid in Nepal by providing immediate relief and recovery support for vulnerable children and families who have lost their jobs. These families are facing an economic crisis which has substantially reduced their ability to manage daily food expenses.  Thank you and Namaste from Nepal.

We look forward to your amazing support.to continue provide support to thousand of vulnerable families & children in Nepal . 

Thank you and Namaste from Nepal. 

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 
Distributing Rice to 300 families
Distributing Rice to 300 families
Distributing relief food for trekking porters
Distributing relief food for trekking porters
Providing packed relief packed lunch everyday
Providing packed relief packed lunch everyday
Kazi Sherpa Guinness World Record holder & Karma
Kazi Sherpa Guinness World Record holder & Karma

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The Small World's highly dedicated volunteers
The Small World's highly dedicated volunteers

Dear All Friends and Supporters, Namaste!

 

I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all our supporters and friends, especially our amazing long-term supporters, our friends, Ambassadors Ruth Lightfoot-Dunn & Roy Dunn, for a 25K matching grant and all of our amazing friends and supporters! We are giving tons of thanks from the bottom of our hearts, and from the hearts of hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children, and each and every family who has benefited from our emergency relief work.

 

Because of each and every one of you and your immediate and generous support, the formation of a highly dedicated team of volunteers became our very strong contact on the ground, enabling us to provide emergency relief support for over 4,000 people. This includes providing more than 1,500 vulnerable children with relief food, face masks, sanitizers, and coordination with health facilities at the isolation centers and hospitals. Every day, we are engaged in emergency relief support that benefits over 400 people; providing care and continuing our regular ongoing child protection program at The Friends of Arhaus in Solukhumbu; the Himalayan Hope Home in Kathmandu; and supporting forty (40) young women at our College for Higher Education program.

 

 

Due to the full lockdown and many international governments providing aid (such as the USA, UK, and several European countries) with Oxygen cylinders, liquid oxygen plant manufacturing systems, ventilators, test kits, and medical support, the Covid death rate has decreased from a death every 5 minutes to a death every 10 minutes.

But unfortunately, during the most difficult times, people travelled from cities to villages, and now Covid-19 has spread to many remote villages where is no proper hospital or road access, making it almost impossible to get a valid assessment of the infected and mortality rates. The situation in the rural areas is even more deplorable. It is not possible to take the patient to the hospital without an ambulance. Infected people have no choice but to die at home as there is no hospital, no road access, and no way to travel to the city for better health care.

 

The death toll has reached over 8,000 and health experts are warning that the death total of this crisis is likely to exceed deaths from the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015.

 

There is no official record from the government as yet about the effects on children, but since we are on site every day working in the field, we have witnessed many children who have lost their parents. We are deeply concerned since Covid has devastated families across Nepal, orphaning many children. "In my life, I have never heard of so many people dying in such a small span of time – it’s likely there are many children below the age of 15 that are left behind,” said Binita , the Children’s News reporter at Himali Shanchar Media.

 

Six-year-old Purna and his four-year-old sister, Sangita, lost their father to Covid the first week of May. Just a week later, at a different Kathmandu hospital, they lost their mother. “It’s heart breaking,” said relatives of the children, “because they still don’t know and they couldn't understand why their parents were taking so long to come home.”

 

After being provided for a week with relief food for her and her children, Maili shared her heartfelt emotions with us for the first time. She especially thanked our female volunteer, Goma, for giving her new life and a new hope. She shared that, for her, being hungry and fighting every day for her children to survive was more difficult than dying in hospital. “But I want to live to save my children,” she quietly sobbed, and requested help in getting an education to help support them.

 

The Small World team has found our relief work to be very important because, due to the long lockdown, all the daily workers have been deprived of their livelihoods. The men and women who worked hard all day to feed their families are in dire straits. Covid-19 treatment is a long way off and they are struggling to make ends meet. Women, children, and senior citizens are mourning the loss of lives due to disease and hunger and famine. No relief package has been announced by the government in the wake of the second wave, and again the government has extended lockdown for another ten days. We are continuing to provide relief food for many people in these critical times.

 

Again, we thank you so much for your continued great support and, again, we want you to know that since we are a local organization, all of your donations directly impact and greatly support the fight against Covid-19. You are helping to save the lives of hundreds of people infected with the virus, and helping to prevent the further spread of the virus, as well as protecting vulnerable children, underserved families, and communities from the devastating second wave of Covid-19 in Nepal.

 

Here’s how your generous support can make the biggest difference:

  • $10 = 50 Face Masks
  • $20 = 1 Nebulizer
  • $25 = can feed 15 children for a day
  • $30 = a half liter of Sanitizer
  • $45 = 5 SETS OF REUSABLE PPEs
  • $75 = 5 PULSE OXIMETERS
  • $100 = 10 COVID-19 ANTIGEN TESTS
  • $800 = 1 OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR
  • $1,000 = Can help to provide Nutritious meals for 1,000 people

 

With thousands of vulnerable children throughout Nepal continuing to struggle through the devastating effects of the pandemic, including facing very limited access to food and education, increased rates of trafficking, violence, and poverty, it’s more important than ever that we hit our $50,000 relief goal at GlobalGiving Crowdfunding. 

 

Our generous donor is doubling every dollar you contribute – This is a great opportunity to double your impact for children in need. Every dollar you can spare will help provide children in urgent need with double the nutritious food, double the medical care, and double the protection they need to thrive!

Please consider telling your friends and family about challenges facing in Nepal right now. —you can also support us by sharing on social media, by throwing your own fundraising as a part of our team in your own language, because your friends and community know you better than anyone and they understand your language on a deeper level. 

Thank you for being a compassionate and crucial friend and partner in our mission to provide life-saving care to vulnerable children and the communities in Nepal who need it the most.

Namaste & thank you! Stay safe and well,

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 
Maili and her child
Maili and her child
Relief work continue even in rain
Relief work continue even in rain
providing food and protecting children at risk
providing food and protecting children at risk

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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 

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Supporting Girls with gift of education

Dear Friends and Supporters , Namaste from Nepal ! 

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.

AMBASSADORS FOR EDUCATION TO SUPPORT 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 these special students 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.

On a monthly basis, starting in March 2021, all ambassadors 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.

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Dear Friends, Namaste & Happy Holiday Season to you & your family!

The fact that the year 2020 came with immense challenges for all of us cannot be denied. Though it seems like we are all in the same boat, for Nepal, the Covid-19 pandemic was the third tragedy since 1996 to threaten its progress as a nation and its very survival. For a full decade, the Maoist rebellion rocked the country, finally ending in 2006. Nepal had barely recovered from that trauma when the next overwhelming event occurred - the devastating earthquake of 2015. This pandemic is the most recent in a series of violent and seemingly never-ending upheavals. 

The Maoist insurrection caused the deaths of over 17,000 people, including civilians, insurgents, army and police personnel, destroyed thousands of schools, and resulted in the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (mostly in rural Nepal). Though some children have been given education and protective support, due to the lack of funds, many schools still have to be repaired or replaced.

 
Then, while people were still recovering from the post Maoist Civil War, a massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude shook Nepal on April 25, 2015 killed over 9,000 people and according to UNICEF, destroyed or damaged around 9,000 schools and 30,000 classrooms. Almost one million children were out of school in the immediate aftermath and the quake was followed by a major aftershock on May 12. Government support was very limited post-earthquake and it left civilians without much hope.

 

On top of these two major events has come the pandemic known as COVID-19, which has completely damaged Nepal and its people. In Nepal, there is no trillion-dollar aid package and there are no unemployment benefits. This is making life very critical here, and people are on the verge of losing everything, including any hope for survival. As a local organization, we need your support now...more than ever.

If at all possible, please consider making a Year End Gift to
The Small World.
 Our work is continuing to make a real difference, but there is still so much to be done.

The Small World is a locally run non-profit organization responding directly to community needs by implementing initiatives through your donations directly and efficiently. Your support also helps us to build capacity at the local level and to provide sustainable community development and support for the long term.
 We make it easy, quick, and safe to support vulnerable communities and children on the ground because we understand their needs better than anyone else.

We were there long before the news cameras arrived, and we’ll be there long after the cameras leave. We know how to make our communities more resilient to future disasters, and we’re already hard at work. All your generous donations and grants make a difference directly on the ground and help to provide support.
 
As we look ahead to the many challenges of 2021, this year’s Year End Gift from you will be more important than ever for the The Small World and our community.

With your help, we will continue to keep over 3,000 children in schools; over 200 girls in schools & collages; 100 orphans and vulnerable children in a safe place to live with the gift of education; the agricultural support program, “Seeds of Hope" for over 500 women and their families and a thriving future for over 10,000 local community members.
 

Donate Now at A Year End Gift: to Change the Lives of children

Thank you and Namaste from Nepal.
Karma & Sonam Sherpa
The Small World

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