Though fundraising for every charity will face challenges, we have recently been very lucky to raise money through sales of items large and small. Shelia has been busy making gorgeous cotton facemasks which we must now all wear, and Lin has been selling for GDS. Viv, Claire and Sarah of garden open fame asked us to dispose of their garden furniture sets needing attention and £200 has been raised. More plants have also been sold recently and jam making season means plenty for sale at next event – whenver that might be!
As Members of BRANNGO we were able to join a webinar on Saturday 18th which gave presentations and discussion re the current situation and future concerns of Education in schools during and following Covid in Nepal. A short overview is available if you Education – The effect of Covid 19
After 3 months of lock-down covid has now spread throughout Nepal with 15,000 cases (3rd July) but thankfully low deaths of 32 to date. In Gorkha all unwell must go directly to hospital but none have been critically ill, Some nearby villages have been closed if cases found to reduce the spread but worrying times for everyone.
With businesses closed many have no work and no govt financial support as in the UK. There will undoubtedly be increased poverty and hardship and GDS will help when we can when requested, but our school sponsorship programme for example will be even more essential to help those most in need.
In rapid response to the recent hosptial request for support, oxygen cylinders of medical standard as well as PPE has been delivered by GDHEDS President Ram Chandra and founder member Perusotum.
‘The Hospital authority expressed their gratitude and convey their message to GDS and happily assured us that the equipments will support them to fight against COVID-19 in Gorkha. Each set of PPE includes body cover, boots, cap, eye glasses, face save, mask, gloves and boot-cover having plastic and rubber coated, air and water proof with two layers, products of National Invention Centre, Nepal, by Dr Mahabir pun. They are reuseable after being washed or sanitized.’ Our established links have allowed this emergency response to the crisis though of course we unusually hope in this case the equipment will not be in high demand.