Dear Small World Friends and Family,
We are thinking of you as we adapt to new circumstances, we are in unprecedented times, and we wanted to take a moment to let you know how The Small World Nepal is responding to the COVID-19 global health crisis. Our priority, as always, is the safety and wellbeing of the children and communities who rely on our programs, to continue to deliver our services despite the unavoidable and unprecedented disruption.
So far everyone under our care, including our staff, is healthy and safe. However, Nepal ranks 111 on the Global Health Security index, and Nepal is very poorly prepared to respond to this pandemic. As such, there has never been a more urgent need to be prepared and protect our children and community.
So, the very first thing we did is to shift most of our girls from the Himalayan Hope Home in Kathmandu to the Girls’ Hostel for Higher Education in the mountain town of Salleri before all of Nepal was placed on a lockdown. The girls all now have plenty of space, open fields and beautiful hills for walking in and access activities to keep them busy and active, better air and water plus less crowd. This move has also helped the Himalayan Hope Home to have a limited number of girls in residence who are waiting to take final exams as soon as school re-opens.
We are preventing the spread of disease by promoting hand washing and hygiene, distributing soap and hand sanitizer to children and communities that need it. This includes supporting preparedness activities in the village to protect vulnerable communities. Preventive measures and safety awareness are being shared through radio in local communities.
Our goal is to prioritize health and safety, and do everything we can to ensure that the children we work with can continue their education. We are trying to maintain a connection to education for the children we work with because children may be lost from the school system forever if we don’t work hard to provide continuity of learning in this time. Despite the uncertainty, crisis, and fear we are determined to not giving up on our children and community. This is the time everyone is dealing with many issues of their own, but COVID-19 is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are vulnerable and needy. To handle this unforeseen crisis we have started a campaign: the Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund and you can always choose to be a part of our actions to help the vulnerable ones. (Note** In order to take advantage of a matching donation program, we are utilizing the Global Giving donation platform for this fundraising effort. Any donations you make will have a tax acknowledgement letter sent to you by Global Giving instead of TSW USA).
We believe that together we will make it through this hard time.
Prayers from our family to yours.
Karma & Sonam Sherpa & Sally Wier