Nepal faces a crisis situation in relation to Covid and with such limited medical resources, severe lockdown is their only means of protection from the Indian variant now sweeping the country.
On 25th May with cases of the virus rising in Gorkha where GDS work is based, the Doctors at Gorkha Hospital contacted our Committee to ask for help in the supply of Oxygen Concentrators and masks to be used with them.
Though the aim of GDS is to aid development in health and education, our strong links have demonstrated we are able to help quickly in such an emergency as shown following the devastation caused by the Earthquakes of 2015 where we were able to fund emergency classrooms.
Now, in the Covid crisis, we agreed to help.
Once again friends and neighbours supported plant sales in Great Baddow. Lin and Jean had raised plants to include tomatoes, herbs and a wide range of perennial plants with Nick and Andy from The Limes Burnham on Crouch also donating plants. Colourful prayer flags from Nepal helped draw attention and donation payments were made through the letterbox! A fantastic total of £604.
The situation in Nepal remains grave with widespread infections of the Indian variant of Covid but we continue to do what we can in order to be able to support projects when restrictions allow.
In the UK, Deaf Awareness Week aims to raise awareness and challenge perceptions of hearing loss and deafness. In Nepal, we are pleased to share GDS connection with Gorkha Deaf School which several of our Trustees have visited and we recently offered to support a number of children at the remarkable deaf school in Manakarmina near Gorkha through our sponsorship programme.
We are thrilled to have received photos from Gorkha Chair Ram Chandra as he handed over books and uniforms to the six nominated children earlier this year. The Headmaster Anil explained GDS sponsorship programme to the children through sign language.
As we all become aware of the increasing Covid crisis in India then so have our concerns for all in neighboring Nepal. We have just received the latest news from Laxman in Gorkha.
Good evening Linda and respected all
Hope everyone is fine with good health. As Linda worries, I am also worried about the crucial condition here. Many cases are found daily. More than 70 people including school children got covid positive in my working circumstances. The office is open and we have to provide service daily. As media says, Gorkha municipality is going to be in a strong lockdown from tomorrow. So, we must prepare ourselves first. Market has jumped its price in daily supplies. 100% Cost increased in most of the kitchen items. Anyway, we must eat and to pray for everything being safe. Thank you all specially Linda for your kind note. With warm wishes, Laxman.
Certainly our thoughts and prayers are with our friends as they face yet more covid pressures.
As we gradually emerge from the depths of lockdown the long year of Covid and lockdowns here in the UK, much of the world still struggles and in Asia the new variant in India is of great concern for neighbours Nepal. Let us also not forget that our Gorkha community had already been through horrendous suffering in 2015 following devastating earthquakes starting on 25th April which destroyed vast numbers of homes and schools with thousands of local people loosing their homes. It has taken years for the demolition of damaged properties and rebuilding continues slowly. Our thoughts are with our friends in Gorkha at this time.