ACN’s COVID-19 Response update: 1,381 most vulnerable families have been reached out with the relief packages

 

Nepal has completed almost two months of COVID 19 lockdown which was first enforced on March 24. Lockdown is likely to be further extended as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing.

Due to this continuous lockdown people are losing their livelihood and their income. In this crisis of COVID -19, we are with the most vulnerable families (daily wage earners, poor, elderly, and single women-headed families and people with disability and their families) who are impacted more severely. We are helping them by providing essential food supplies in coordination with the local government.

 

We have been reaching the doorsteps of 667 most vulnerable families with the relief package in Kaski, Pokhara in coordination with the local government. Our relief packages of Kaski consist of essential food supplies that will be enough for a month to family of four-member.

 

East Nawalparasi

We have provided relief package as recommended by the local government to 315 needy families in East Nawalparasi.

180 needy families received relief packages in Kawasoti municipality, East Nawalparasi in coordination with the local government. Relief package that was standardized by the government, consisted of 15 kg of rice, 2 kg of lentil, 1 kg of salt, 500 ml oil, and one piece of Dettol soap.

135 needy families received relief package in Madhyabindu Municipality, East Nawalparasi in coordination with the local government. Relief packages recommended by the government consisted of 20 kg of rice, 3 kg of lentil, 1 kg salt, 2 ltr oil, and 3 pieces of Dettol soap.

 

West Nawalparasi

Recently, we have provided relief packages as recommended by the local government to 400 needy families in Palhinandan Rural Municipality, West Nawalparasi. Relief packages consist of 10 kg of rice, 1 kg of lentil, 1 kg of salt, 1 kg of sugar, and 1 ltr of oil.

 

 

So far we have reached out to the 1,381 most vulnerable families with the relief package of essential food supplies in order to sustain them in this crisis of COVID-19 lockdown.

We would like to thank our funding partners and government authorities for their supports for helping us. We will continue to do this as along as we are together in this crisis.

Relief to the family of people with disability in this COVID-19 lockdown

Prem Lama Pun, 60 years old. He lives in a one-room house in slum area in Pokhara. His wife has physical disabilities caused by paralysis 20 years ago. He needs to take care of his wife (She is unable to perform her personal work). He works as a daily wage laborer in the construction site to earn for the living. Due to his age, he could not hear properly and needed to speak louder. In this lockdown of COVID-19, his situation is different because due to lockdown no work and no earning.

ACN received a recommendation from his ward office for the relief due to his wife’s disability and no income from his daily wages works. He received food packages that will last for more than a month for his family. He is thankful to ACN for providing the food packages in this COVID-19 lockdown. 

The Relief package consist of essential food supplies:  25 kg of rice, 1 kg of lentil, 1 kg of salt, 1 ltr of oil, 1 kg of pea, and 2 pcs of hand washing  soap.  

It this pandemic of COVID-19, we are with the most vulnerable in order to sustain them in this crisis. Right now, we are providing relief packages of essential food supplies to the needy.

 

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ACN’s COVID-19 Response update

COVID-19 outbreak has affected the lives of people around the world and Nepal is no exception. To contain the spread of COVID-19, Nepal government imposed a week-long nationwide lockdown on 24th March 2020 after identifying the 2nd positive case of COVID-19. Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, lockdown has been further extended. It has been a month of lock down and 57 cases of COVID-19 has identified in which 16 are recovered (Source: MoHP 30 April 2020).

This Coronavirus lockdown has adverse effect mainly on the poor, daily wage earners and other vulnerable people in Nepal. Due to sudden and continued lockdown, daily wage earners have no way to earn money for the living. Many temporary migrant workers who have run out of money, are forced to head to their hometown on foot. Many people are stuck on Nepal – India border. 

In this crisis of COVID-19 outbreak, the Social Initiative of Pokhara Christian Community, Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) with the needy and vulnerable people and communities in order to sustain them in this crisis. On the 11th day of continuing lockdown, we have started to reach the doorsteps of people in need with relief package in coordination with the local governments. Our relief package consists of food supplies (rice, lentil, oil, salt, spices, etc. other food items and hand washing soap) that lasts for a month for a family of four.

We are able to provide the food relief packages to 607 household including 176 people with disability in Pokhara. We also contributed financially to the Pokhara Metropolitan COVID-19 Relief fund by handed a cheque of NPR 25,000. In addition, we also distributed informative pamphlets and posters of COVID-19. We came to know that 40,000 people are registered for the relief supplies in Pokhara only. We are trying to meet the need as much as we can. The distribution team has taken high safety measures during the delivery of the food materials to the communities, and also given counseling to the families. 

We would like to thank our funding partners for their generous support whose donation helping us to reach out to the people in their need in this crisis. We would thank our prayer partners & supporters, government authorities (Social Welfare Council (SWC), local government and communities for their supports and coordination.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of people. 

During cheque handover to the COVID-19 Relief fund of Pokhara Metropolitan office.