We are happy to announce that we have conducted four successful food distribution programs in Balefi Rural Municipal Jalbire, Chautara Sangachokgadhi Batase village, Bhaktapur, Kavrepalamchowk, Ickyakamana Municipality and the Kathmandu Valley as well.
#First food for Nepal campaign
Our first food campaign provided 120 needy families in Batase village and Jalbire, located about 80 km from Kathmandu city. With the country in lockdown people can not work or leave their homes and many are having great difficulty surviving with enough food to feed their family. These families have no ability to earn a daily wage at the moment due to Covid 19. We were able to provide emergency food packages to the neediest of these people. Others we provided food packages to were the elderly, disabled and low caste, who are extremely poor.
Loaded and ready to go
#Second food campaign
Another day, another successful food distribution program, this time in Keraghari Kavre Palamchok district, located about 50 km from Kathmandu city. More than 90 % percent of familes in this area have been working in a brick factory in Bhaktapur but have had no work from the nationwide lockdown since beginning of lockdown. We were able to provide 30 needy familes of emergency food packages to those in dire need, including the elderly.
#Third food campaign
We are trying our best to bring some happiness to underprivileged families in Surya binayak Bhaktapur. We identified with local government and leaders an additional 26 families in need of help in Bhaktapur. We decided to spread the food relief over more families and provided food to last 15 days to these families. We also met with a women’s group there who shared their problems with us. Many have been unable to pay their rent for 3 months, or provide food for their family. With so many of the people in Bhaktapur living below the poverty line, and being unable to work, the risk of becoming ill or dying of hunger is a bigger concern to them than Coronavirus.
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#Fourth food for Nepal campaign
Recently, we went to Chitwan, Ichchha Kamana Rural Municipal(Chepang village) for food distribution as poverty has widely existed there. Most of the families have more than 5 children in one family which makes it difficult to manage food for a whole year, as they only have small pockets of land to grow food. If they can’t work even for one day, it will be hard for “Daal Bhat” to their families. Therefore, Chepang people have been working as daily wage earners in jobs such as building roads, house or any kind of construction etc in order to survive. We also did some interviews of the locals where we learned that Chepang people were jobless due to the lockdown and unfortunately, heavy rain also destroyed their cornfields where they were expecting the corn to feed them for few months. We have distributed food packages for 115 families to bring a little happiness to their lives. We asked them to wash their hands, wear a mask and maintain the social distance before receiving the food. And most of them have followed the rules, however, some people weren’t wearing the masks as they are telling us that they are scared of hunger but not scared of corona. And all were so excited to take food packages because they did not get food relief like this before
#Helping to needy families Door to Door in Kathmandu city
As we know food problems not only exist in rural areas in Nepal, but also in the cities as well. That’s why we have received lots of requests from different parts of the Kathmandu valley. We have found so many needy familes like students, villagers workers who have been facing difficulties without food and who have been living in city to work in construction, building the road, working at hotel, restaurant shop etc.. They even didn’t want to tell their problems to others because they don’t like to share problems. They have troubles with food and expenses etc. Some of people shared their stories like since the government announced the national wide lock down they are unable to pay their room rent. We have found so many problems but we could only help by providing one month emergency food package for 20 needy families. We hope our small support can give some relief to them for while.
Throughout all our food distributions we have had discussions with the local chairmen and leaders, and they have identified the families most in need. We collaborated with local friends and volunteers, and policemen who all helped us to make our campaign successful.
With the help of LCUN volunteers and local volunteers, during the campaign we have also provided education about how to prevent Coronavirus. All volunteers attending to help us had to wash their hands, wear masks and gloves while working and distributing food, and maintain social distance.
We requested all villagers and city people to bring their own old bags to put food items in, as we considered not to buy and provide any plastic bags to them in order to take care of the environment. We tried our best but somehow we had to use some plastic. However we requested to all the food recipients to bring back all the plastic bags. When we received the bags we were able to use them again for the next distribution, and like that we gave second life of plastic bags. We keep spreading the message of plastic pollution. We gave a lessons to all the recipients how to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle the plastic bags etc. We tried to educate them all not to throw plastic bags into nature or burn. At the same time we made them aware that plastic pollution now will bring us disaster in the coming years if we don’t change our habits. We tell them together we need to Act Now for a better tomorrow. Everyone felt good and happy to learn about preventing plastic pollution.
So far, 311 familes have benefited from the #foodfornepal campaign.
All the recipients of the food packages were very happy to receive this help and all said thank you to the wonderful supporters and donors to this campaign. We, at Let’s Clean Up Nepal, say ‘thank you’ so much to all our beautiful friends who have been supporting us to make this #FoodforNepal campaign worth it and making such a positive impact on those in need. Without your generous donations, we could not do this.
Let’s Clean Up Nepal Team
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