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.

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.  

Basic First Aid Training

Four day Basic First Aid training was conducted by Asal Chhimekee Nepal from 29th Sept to 2nd Oct 2019 in Pokhara. 11 female and 13 male from  Pokhara participated in the training. The training was facilitated by Nepal Red Cross. Participants learned first aid CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), first aid for bandage, burns, nosebleed, snake bite, dressing of wounds and cuts. They also learned to make stretcher at home to carry injured or sick people to hospital with stabilize their condition. Lastly, first aid boxes were also provided to the participants.

The main objective of the training was to deliver knowledge and skill so that in future they will be member of Task Force Team (A group of expertise to take action in disaster response) and will contribute in disaster preparedness and response. In addition, this training will help to build resilience of individual and communities in their daily lives.

 

Sara Gurung (Participant) said thatI used to think after first aid treatment we don’t need to visit hospital, but today I understood that first Aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from any serious or minor illness or injury, to preserve life, prevent further harm and to promote recovery until any medical treatment is available’.

Motivational and Child Psychology Training for Teacher

To equip and encourage primary and secondary level teachers from eight Government schools of Gorkha, ACN conducted three day ‘Motivational and Child Psychology’ training at Shree Janakalyan Secondary School in Siranchowk, Gorkha from 22th  to 24th Sept 2019. The training was facilitated by Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC). 28 teachers participated in the training. Training focused on understanding of child learning, teaching, curriculum, child development and class room management. Practical activities like physical game, songs, team building games, discussion and presentation were used which were appreciated by the participants. Participants learned positive guidance and classroom management and practical teaching methods. Lastly, they did SWOT analysis of their own and of the school.  After the training, teacher shared ‘we got new ideas to use locally available resources in our teaching. This training gives us knowledge with practical demonstration’. Teachers were so much excited to apply their learning in their teaching in classroom.

In addition to learning and motivating, interschool coordination and relationship were also developed. Participants expressed their gratitude to Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) and Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) for the organizing and facilitating the training. 

Disaster Risk Reduction and Search and Rescue training

While responding to Tarai flood 2019 in Bara, Parsa and Rautaht districts, ACN got to know that there were lack of basic knowledge and skills on disaster risk reduction while responding to disaster (flood, storm, fire etc.). Local volunteers and local representative expressed their interest in getting knowledge and skill on Disaster Risk Reduction as they were facing disaster every year. Therefore, ACN planned to provide training on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Two day basic training on Disaster Risk Reduction conducted in Parsa district from 8th-9th Aug 2019 for local volunteers of Parsa district. The Training was facilitated by Mr. Bal Krishna K.C (ACN). Twenty Seven participated in the training and training went well.

Two day orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) conducted in Parsa districts. The training was facilitated by Nepal Red Cross 26th-27th Aug 2019. Twenty four local volunteers and local representative of Birgunj participated. Training focused on Disaster risk reduction, pre disaster and post disaster preparedness and climate change. In addition, practical session was also conducted on fire and flood.

Two day Search and Rescue training also conducted in Parsa district. The training was facilitated by Nepal Armed force from 9th -10th Sept 2019. Thirty one local volunteers & local representative from Bara and Parsa districts participated. Training focused on method to search and rescue people during disaster from collapsed infrastructure and disaster management cycle, disaster risk reduction (fire, storm, flood & earthquake). 

SDG 11:  Sustainable cities and communities  

We love being appreciated

On 12 Sept 2019 Rajdevi Municipality, Rautaht organized a program to appreciate ACN/PCC for the providing relief support to flood-affected families in Rajdevi Municipality-9, Rautahat. ACN provided essential food and non-food items to 360 flood affected families in Brahmapuri, Rajdevi Rural Municipality. During reaching to flood-affected communities with relief support, ACN reached to a community in Rajdevi Municipality-9, Rautahat district where 85 households were using one tube well. In this situation, ACN installed 5 hand pumps and handed over to the community in the presence of Mayor and Chairman of ward no. 3 & 4 of Rajdevi Rural Municipality. The Mayor of Rajdevi Rural Municipality, chief guest appreciated ACN/PCC relief work for the flood survivors in Rautahat district.

 A local newspaper published news of this   http://sangamkhabar.com.np/archives/3301