Hungry Nepali Children Need Help

I'm a language student living in Nepal, originally from Upstate New York, and my good friend here Romash (pictured below with the dreadlocks) has been helping feed about 50-60 children whose parents, mostly brick factory workers, have been out of work for the last six months as Nepal goes in and out of strict lock-downs to contain COVID-19. The families' small savings have long since dried up and they're struggling to feed their children. The children all attend a primary school in Lalitpur District and the pictures below were taken there before the latest lock-down cut off their schooling.

Your donations will come into my account (US) as Nepal is not a supported country under GoFundMe, then I will transfer them to Romash to purchase food for the families of the children. The zip code for the campaign is my home zip code in the US. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me!

To give you a sense of the COVID reaction here, the lock-downs have been long - longer, in fact, than the one in Wuhan - and extremely strict. I call it the ghost town lock-down. Only essential businesses are allowed to open, and only between 5-9AM. The streets are empty of vehicles, every shop and restaurant shuttered, and the only regulars outdoors are those begging for money or food. The government gives no aid to the people, yet expects everyone to survive with no income.

At this point, the dangers posed by the strict lock-down (poverty, stress and starvation) are as large or larger a threat than the chance of contracting the virus. This is not the case in many countries in the West, so for many it may come as a surprise to learn that the lock-down is so devastating, but that is indeed the case. A lock-down that didn't mandate full closure would be far more reasonable, but the Ministry of Home Affairs will decide soon if they ease this up or extend it. There have been protests against the government's incompetent handling of the situation and there have even been a few hunger strikers engaging in Gandhian satyagraha to point out how the national leadership has starved the masses.

Please donate what you're able to help these children get through this extremely difficult period. Many thanks and all best wishes!


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