LOCKDOWN STORY: Dhan Bahadur Chalise

Dhan Bahadur Chalise, lives in a rented house in ward no. 9, Pokhara. He used to work in a factory, but due to his physical disability, he could not work long term in the factory. After that he tried to several other places to get a decent work and although he have had some of them, but he couldn’t meet the expectation of the owner due to his limitation therefore causing him to be at home since last year. 

He in his family is with his wife and a son. He supports his wife by fulltime parenting his son and also by doing household work. His son is in grade one.

Mina Chalise, his wife, also has a physical disability. She does laundry and dishes washing job in two different homes and there she gets NPR 2500/- per month from each home. Additionally, she also sells lemon on the street for extra income. This is how she manages all the expense of the family and education expenses of her son.  She is doing very hard work. 

In this COVID-19 lockdown period the situation seems to be different, the house owner from one house informed her not to come to work until the lockdown is over. Also, she can’t sell lemon since the market is closed. It has been a month of continuous lockdown so there is no way of earning and making money for the survival of family.

Both husband and wife thanked ACN after getting food packages that will remain for a month. They said “This is a great support in this COVID-19 lockdown and we are very thankful for the support. We feel cared to receive support in this crisis”.  

 

Dhan Bahadur and Mina, originally from Sindhupalchowk district, one of the worst affected district in the Earthquake of 2015. Their house destroyed completely in the earthquake and they lived in a temporary shelter for one year. After one year they moved to Pokhara for the opportunity of getting work. 

ACN’s COVID-19 Relief Response update: 2,049 most vulnerable families have been reached out with the relief packages

COVID-19 outbreak has been affecting the lives of people around the world, and Nepal is no exception. With the identification of 2nd positive case of COVID-19, Nepal government enforced the nationwide lockdown on  24th March 2020, which continued almost three months. Though COVID-19 cases are increasing, on 11th  June 2020 the government decided to ease the lockdown in three phases with some restrictions and guidelines after the widespread criticism regarding prolonged nationwide lockdown. With the easing of the lockdown, people started getting back to their daily activities. People are learning to live life with COVID-19 following safety measures and guideline provided by government Nepal. So far Nepal has reported 38 deaths, 16,801 infections and 8,589 recovered (source: Ministry of Health and Population, 12th July 2020).

When every sector of country has been affected, poor and marginalized are affected more severely. Lockdown has deprived the livelihoods of poor and marginalized including daily wage earners. They were in fear of hunger more than a virus. Many temporary migrant workers who ran out of money, were forced to head to their hometown on foot. Many people working in India were stuck on Nepal- India border. 

In this crisis of COVID-19 outbreak, the social initiative of Pokhara Chrisitan Community, Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) stands with the needy and most vulnerable people and communities in order to help them sustain in this crisis. From the 11th day of lockdown, we have started to reach out the doorsteps of people in need with relief packages in coordination with the local governments. Our relief package consists of essential food supplies (rice, lentil, oil, salt etc. and hand washing soap etc.)

 We carried out our COVID-19 relief work in our regular working areas Kaski, Nawalparasi and Gorkha district.

Kaski district

We were able to provide the recommended relief package of Pokhara Metropolitan Office to 703 needy families including 273 people with disability in Pokhara, Kaski district in coordination with the local government. Our relief package of Kaski consist of essential food supplies that would last a month for the family of four-member. We contributed financially to the Pokhara Metropolitan COVID-19 Relief fund by handing a cheque of NPR 25,000. In addition, we also distributed informative pamphlets and posters of COVID-19.

Nawalparasi district

In Nawalparasi we provided relief packages of essential food supplies as per the recommendation of local governments to 1,340 needy families in coordination with the local government in two phases. We provided 100 sets of Virus Transport Medium (VTM) kit to Kawasoti municipality. In addition we also distributed informative posters and pamphlets of COVID-19.

 I Phase

180 needy families received relief packages in Kawasoti Municipality, East Nawalparasi. Our relief packages consist of 15 kg of rice, 2 kg of lentil, 1 kg of salt, 500 ml oil and one piece of Dettol soap.

155 needy families received relief packages in Madhyabindu Municipality, East Nawalparasi. Our relief packages consist of 20 kg of rice, 3 kg of lentil, 1 kg of salt, 2 ltr oil, and 3 pieces of Dettol soap.

400 needy families received relief packages in Palhinandan Rural Municipality, West Nawalparasi. Our 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.

 II phase

We were able to provide relief packages to 605 needy families in Nawalparasi in 2nd phase in coordination with the local government. 103 needy families in Kawasoti Municiapltiy, 102 needy families in Madhyabindu Municipality, and 400 needy families in Palhinandan Rural Municipality. Our relief packages consist of 20 kg of rice, 2 kg of lentil, 1 kg of salt, 1 kg of sugar, 1 ltr oil, and 1 piece of hand washing soap.

Gorkha district

We were able to provide 2000 face mask and 2000 pair of disposable gloves to Siranchowk Municipality, Gorkha district as per the request received, though we faced difficulties to deliver the supplies due to lockdown. The objective of sending these items was to support Siranchowk Muncipality to carry out immunization services regularly. We provided informative poster and pamphlets of COVID-19 to the municipality. In addition, we also provided essential food supplies to 6 families with disabilities who spent their life on street in Gorkha.

 

So far we have reached out to the 2,049 most vulnerable families with the relief packages for their support to basic needs in this lockdown.

 

We would like to thank our funding partners and government authorities for their support in this crisis. We will continue to help people in need by your support and prayer. 

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.

 

ACN received Global NGO Leadership & Excellence Award

It is always great to receive recognition, especially at Global level for our work being recognized. We would like to share a moment of joy we the ACN received at the global level by World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Congress and Awards for its contribution towards welfare of poor and marginalized and disaster survivors. 

 

On 18th Feb 2020, Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN), the social initiative of Pokhara Christian Community (PCC) was awarded as a Global NGO Leadership & Excellence by the World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Congress and Awards. The program was held at Taj Lands Ends, Mumbai, India. The Award was handed over by Sheena Chohan, a film actress who also received the award for the impact of her work on social change. Mr. Hari Ram Ghimire (ACN Advisor and Chairman of PCC), Mr. Bharat Bhadur Gurung (ACN Chairman), Mr. Rajendra Kumar Adhikari (ACN Director) and Mr. Dinesh K.C. (ACN PME & Comms. Executive Officer) participated in the program and received the award. 

We would like to thank World CSR for recognizing ACN’s work and for providing such prestigious award.

We would like to share this award to our beneficiaries who graciously accepted us and our supporters, PCC, government agencies for their coordination and cooperation, funding partners, staffs who work tirelessly and always willing to go extra miles, prayer partners and many others who have been supporting us directly and indirectly.

All honor and glory to God who enables us. 

Samacharpati, A national newspaper published news on this. Find the link below. 

 https://www.samacharpati.com/2020/02/49376/?fbclid=IwAR3uuucCGjLyVAGpQOIcDG9hzXyVH-IbULDr_fKg1pfMvA-5pffje92EwYY#.Xl33i3duLIW

17th ACN Day Celebration

On 17th Jan 2020, Asal Chhimekee Nepal celebrated its 17th years of service in Nepal with thanksgiving program. On this occasion, we would like to thank all our supporters and well-wishers who have been supporting us in many different ways. 

 

ACN day was also celebrated in Nawalparasi ACN office. 

Let’s be together for coming years.

Together we can make a difference.

In Nawalparasi

Informative poster distribution on Anti-Human Trafficking

Last week ACN organized an awareness program on anti-human trafficking through mobilizing children’s clubs under Combat Human Trafficking (CHT) program in seven various places of Kaski district. In the program, children distributed posters, provided information to the community on human trafficking and posted informative posters of human trafficking on their home and public places after taking approval from them. Each children’s clubs members participated in this community awareness program on anti-human trafficking. They enjoyed a lot by sharing their knowledge of human trafficking that they learned from the children’s clubs. 231 children from seven children club participated in this program.

CHT program is working on raising awareness on anti-human trafficking and child protection through the mobilization of children’s clubs. Currently, we have 7 children clubs in Kaski and 2 children clubs in Nawalparasi.           

ACN’s 6th Social Audit Program

On 22 Nov 2019 Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) organized 6th Social Audit programme with Mrs. Bina Silwal (chief guest), Chairman of NGO Federation, Gandaki Province in Hotel Task International, Pokhara. There was a significant number of participation of stakeholders including districts and local level government officials as well as beneficiaries from Kaski, Nawalparasi, Gorkha, Parbat, and Rautahat districts.

The program was anchored by ACN’s secretary Mr. Prakash Bhujel and social audit program was facilitated by Dr. Kamal Phuyal., He is a professor of University, Researcher and he has long time working experience of social development.  Facilitator; Dr. Kamal Phuyal presented ACN’s achievement, challenges and learnings from programme of fiscal year 2075-76 (2018-2019), as well as organization governance and finance in the program. To make program more effective in future, feedback from stakeholders also collected during the program. In addition, three women of Self-Help Group (ACN’s beneficiaries) of Kaski and Nawalparasi districts appreciated for being elected as a member in local government and three beneficiaries shared their experience of ACN’s work in their life and communities during the program.  

Health and Dignity with the Toilet Construction

We felt the need of toilet for our family but we could not afford to construct. Now, we have it. I am so pleased. Thank you Asal Chhimkee Nepal (ACN) for supporting us to construct the toilet.

Sulinda with her daughters

Sulinda Sahani, 34 years old, resident of Badsar village in Sarawal- 6, Nawalparasi. She able to construct toilet in her home with the support from Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) in 2018.

She shared “There are 9 members in my family including six daughters and one son and husband. My husband is only one who earns for our family and he works in Brick factory. He hardly earn enough to manage our daily needs and fed to our kids. We could not save money to construct toilet. Even we felt need of toilet in our home. We don’t like to go other fields for toilet but we don’t have option and we used to do so. Open defecation (outdoors defecation) is so much shameful, can’t tell you how we manage without toilet at home. Shame and Snake fear had been always bothering us while going to field for toilet”.

One day she heard that Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) formed a group (Self-Help Group) in her village in which she also took membership from where she came to know that ACN is providing water and toilet construction and maintenance program to help poor and marginalized to have an access to water and sanitation through construction and maintenance of water well or hand pump and toilet. 

 

After finishing the construction of toilet with the support from ACN, she shared to us “I am very pleased that now we have a toilet in our home. My kids are also very happy as they don’t need to go to others field for toilet and they don’t have to be ashamed nor be scolded by others. We feel very comfortable with this toilet and we all use it.” 

ACN was able to support 30 families in Nawalparasi in construction and maintenance of toilet in last year (fiscal year 2018/19). Sulinda Sahani is the one of the beneficiary.