Covid-19: our response in Nepal

19 May, 2020

Women line up to receive their allowanceEpisode 1/4: Nepal

At a time when the Nepalese government has just extended the confinement - installed since March 24 - until June 2, the economic and social situation is very critical for the poorest people and particularly for the women that we follow in Kathmandu. Overview of our activities in Nepal to support them.

Thanks to the first donations we have recently received from our generous donors, we are launching the distribution of a allowance of 30 euros to 175 women of Kathmandu. "These are women, often alone with their children, exploited in the so-called "leisure" sector, whom we follow in the framework of our project Protection and Emancipation. But also women we have accompanied in the past and who are currently struggling for a new life"explains Stéphanie Selle, Director of the association in Nepal.

Translation of radio spots into local languages

As of March 31, the prevention messages created by our team in Nepal and produced by our local partners were broadcast on the radio, in 3 local languagesin 5 districts Dhading, Gorkha, Chitwan, Makwampur, Sindupalchowk. 

The objective: to raise awareness of barrier gestures among the populations forgotten by the State and in particular families and children of the Chepang ethnic groups, previously cut off from the national prevention campaign by the language barrier. Specific radio messages are addressed to children. 

Provision of an online Preschool Toolkit (PTO) 

With our partner Child Nepal, we have adapted the Burkinabe BOP to propose a Nepalese Preschool Toolkit on Facebook. Online since mid-April, it offers parents resources to help their children understand the pandemic we are going through. The Facebook page will then offer many free online resources to awaken their little ones and allow them to learn through play. 

Follow-up of beneficiaries by telephone 

Since the beginning of April, we have adapted our monitoring of 250 women from Dhading and Kathmandu, by phone and SMS. These women, who are already exposed to violence and have little education, must be particularly listened to, oriented and protected in this period of distress when confinement exacerbates violent behavior

>> Thank you to all our donors without whom these first actions would not have been possible. Faced with the magnitude of the crisis, we would like to do more and be able to distribute food stamps to 130 families of the slum of Paurakhi Bastiin Kathmandu. Every gesture from you will make a difference, thank you!

> Tribune: Five years after the earthquake, Nepal suffers an even bigger crisis with Covid-19 (April 25, 2020)

> Our article " Covid-19: What is the status of the countries where we operate? "(May 14, 2020)

> Our article " What impact does Covid-19 have on vulnerable populations? " (April 10, 2020)

May 19, 2020. Updated May 29, 2020

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