How you can help Nepal in this hour of need!
We’ve seen it before — a major crisis happens in Nepal and it takes months, or years, for the government to wake up from its lethargy and act. Development partners’ processes are painfully slow and full of bureaucratic inefficiencies.
Who acts? Time and again, it’s the citizenry that snaps into action and scrambles to respond, bringing out the best in who we are. Some have argued that it shouldn’t be that way, and we agree, but should that stop us, or you? Crises need fast work, and citizen action does it efficiently — as an immediate response, and later, to fill the gaps, moving between initiatives with agility.
Things are no different for this second Covid-19 wave engulfing Nepal. The citizen-led Covid Alliance for Nepal is responding swiftly to issues as they pop up, bringing in and connecting new players, and synergizing strengths that exist in Nepal, around the world with the Nepali Diaspora, and with friends of Nepal worldwide, all committed to fast ground-level action. The Alliance’s online sync-ups involved up to 70 professions with break-out rooms discussing and finalizing actions on isolation centers, food security, oxygen shortage, fundraising, and international lobbying for vaccine equity. Home-grown initiatives create hotlines, connect demand and supply around materials, and fill critical knowledge and training gaps in the health response. The Alliance includes companies, doctors, bankers, tech experts, strategists, development experts, and ground-level volunteers — you name it. It pools resources across countries and time zones and provides the much necessary emergency response required in Nepal — day in and day out.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- ADVOCATE — Lobby with your government on key issues — #vaccines4Nepal and sending critical care equipment quickly to Nepal.
- AMPLIFY — Listen in to what’s happening in Nepal, research it well, and amplify — help us raise visibility on what is happening in our small country so that initiatives of support for our neighbor also reach us. Use these hashtags: #vaccines4nepal #covidalliance4Nepal
- VOLUNTEER — If you have the right skill set to help in disasters and the fallout from these disasters, let us know. We are not, Nepal is not, looking for on-the-ground volunteers to fly in at this time;
- DONATE — Several of the initiatives that come to the Alliance will need help to boost what they are doing on the ground. Below is a list that will be updated regularly. There are so many initiatives that this list obviously is not exhaustive. But will try to update as things change and new initiatives pop up.
WHO TO HELP (will try to update)
Advocacy | Petitions Online on Change.org
Get CoVID Vaccines to Nepal ASAP and prevent a humanitarian disaster
US Government Should Send Emergency Covid-19 Aid to Nepal
Canada, please help Nepal overcome the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis
Read about it on www.vaccinesfornepal.org
Volunteer | sign up (again, not to fly into Nepal. We do not want that!)
Sign Up here to Volunteer with the Covid Alliance for Nepal
Donate | Not an exhaustive list of course
Oxygen: An Initiative that's bringing in Oxygen Plants fast: Creasion.org
Isolation Kits: Hapsa Nepal has started a GoFundMe to get this going. There are others too including the direct effort from the Dhangadhi Municipality that's set up their own COVID fund to facilitate this.
Nawa Asha Griha is working on an isolation center in Kathmandu and will need support for food, medicine, security for staff, and oxygen.
Namaste Nepal is also supporting a holding center set up in Gati, Sindupalchowk with training, kits, and other support.
White Grain Foundation is also working on Isolation Centers and other initiatives
Hotlines: Covid Connect has set up a dashboard where people can ask for help and connects them with information on ICU beds, oxygen, medicine and also runs hotlines. Danfe, supported by the Ask Foundation, has started a hotline (9880035000) to support medical information to people in need using trained nurses and doctors
Food Security: So many local initiatives have sprung up that are providing food to daily wage workers out of a job right now. One that I would highly recommend is Khana Sabeilai
A more exhaustive list will come out on the Covid Alliance for Nepal Website
WHERE ARE THE FRONTLINES IN THIS FIGHT?
1. Critical Care. A frail health system means that there are shortages of ICU and hospital beds. Even more critically in the case of COVID: Oxygen. No one should die for lack of Oxygen.
Oxygen for Nepal [www.creasion.org/projects/oxygen-for-nepal] has committed itself to procure and install, within 2 weeks, 8 + oxygen plants that together can provide critical care to over 500 patients a day, in different hotspots in Nepal. They have already booked the plants in France and have raised enough for four plants. They want to double the amount. The plants will also need to be transported. Contribute to this effort and save lives.
2. Promoting Home Care: 80% of all covid cases can be solved at home, and it is critical in Nepal that we decrease the number of people reaching critical care. For this, good awareness, practice, and management is required. This means reaching out to people via infographics, radio, television, social media. Over 2000 returnees are streaming in fleeing covid-ravaged India everyday from each of the 13 borders. An information and support mechanism has been started at #nyaanoswaagat [www.nyaanoswaagat.com]
Covid Sanchar Samuha [www.covidsancharsamuha.com] and Creasion [www.creasion.org] are both developing awareness media in multiple languages in Nepal and distributing them. Help fund them or reach out if you have specific language skills or are an infographics wiz.
3. Self-Isolation Kits: The Dhangadhi Municipality in Far West Nepal is pioneering Self-Isolation Kits containing [food, medicine, equipment and information] that will be given to returnees from the Indian Border and later to the rest of the population. This will be taken on country-wide by Hapsa Nepal and other organizations like Namaste Nepal amongst others, in cooperation with local authorities.
4. Isolation Centers: Many groups are readying isolation centers for people who cannot isolate themselves at home. In some cases, these centers will also be a key pivot between isolation and critical care, acting more like surge centers — complete with nurses and doctors on standby and Oxygen support. They need to feed people, pay people, keep food supplies, and critical medical and oxygen supplies.
We are also advocating for a welfare/insurance fund for frontline staff at isolation centers.
5. Hotlines: The Safety Net is being created by trained nurses and health professionals manning hotlines created by Danphe Care. The nurses here need training and the more trained personal that are there, the more help can be given.
6. Food security: The pandemic itself, together with the prohibition orders, and the halt for more than a year now to the tourism sector and other industries, is leaving many daily wage workers without a job and without food — for themselves and their families.
We are not safe until everyone is safe. This is not just for Nepal, but for the world!
Contact Info and Social Media:
Volunteer sheet: www.tinyurl.com/CovidAllianceNepalVolunteer
Linktree for the fundraising efforts and resources: https://linktr.ee/alliance4nep