In the global pandemic of COVID-19, Nepal was not an exception from the impact of the pandemic. After the identification of 2nd positive case of coronavirus, the Nepal government had enforced a nationwide lockdown on 24th March 2020 to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Due to the rising number of coronavirus, lockdown continued almost 4 months. This pandemic had made difficult life for all but those who are dependent on daily wage labor and already living in poor condition were affected badly by the continuously repeated lockdown: there was a fear of hunger more than a fear of virus. The social initiative of Pokhara Christian Community, Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) took the responsibility to serve the needy and vulnerable people, the reason we stood for. From the 11th day of COVID-19 lockdown, ACN started to address the basic needs of daily wage labor, old aged and single women headed families, and people with disabilities. ACN had reached to the dorestpes of people with the essential food supplies and handwashing soap in coordination with the local government authorities.
After the early relief support to COVID-19 lockodwn affected families, ACN focused on the need of the most vulnerable people in the post-COVID-19 recovery of 2020. ACN had designed programs giving consideration to the need of the most vulnerable groups. They were children, new mothers and pregnant women, female-headed families (single women), and people with disabilities. In the first wave of pandemic, we had reached Kaski, Gorkha, Tanahun, Nawalparasi, and Rautahat districts in Nepal.
Families supported with food supplies including 510 people living with disabilities
Informative posters and pamphlets
Virus Transport Medium (VTM) Kits
Children supported with education and self-learning materials
Children supported with nutrition kit packages
Single women headed families received livelihood support
Handwashing Stations 2578 students benefitted from 18 government schools
Children participated in Hand washing and COVID-19 Awareness Program
Parents participated in child protection program
New mothers supported with nutrition and hygiene kits packages
People living with disabilities and their care takers supported with nutrition and hygiene kit packages