It’s an unfortunate reality that the world is battling with covid19 these days. As the new cases are being detected daily and the cases are rising up, Nepal has also been hard hit by Corona since the beginning of April 2020. For the past 5 months, we have been unceasingly working and volunteering on the ground to help individuals and families of various disabilities who were at high risk and needed immediate relief to live their lives. For those individuals and families stranded here in Kathmandu and across Nepal without food to eat and without cooking gas to cook, we helped them with food relief support, medicines supplies, fuel for food and other need-based assistance to adults and children depending on their requirements. So far we reached the doors of 2100 families (aprox 9000 individuals) with food and basic sanitation/hygiene kits, over 200 families with cooking gas, 840 scattered individuals with medicines and health care assistance, and room rent support for 50 students/unemployed individuals stuck in Kathmandu. And as the lock down is taking its harsh shape along the rising detection of covid19 cases, we are committed to supporting more families and individuals to help them combat hunger and scarcity at this time.
As an ongoing campaign for humanitarian support to combat hunger during this pandemic, the dedicated team of volunteers of Bright Star Society has been unceasingly working and volunteering in the frontline maintaining social distance while dropping off the relief materials to the doors-to-doors of the beneficiaries. We helped individuals with different disabilities like blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, autism, paraplegic, hemophilia and so on. Also we helped single mothers, families of new-born infants and those who have disabled kids and children with cancers were also supported with nutritious food, fruits and green-vegetables to help them live healthy life. We not only helped needy people in Kathmandu, but also our network of volunteers assisted people in Chitwan, Pokhara, Dang and other affected districts as well.
Currently most of the parts of country is under lock down, and hunger has been another challenge for people who are daily bread earners that they are compelled to cook without fuel and wash without soap, the impact of lock down has adversely affected the economy, livelihood and purchasing capacity of people along the loss of jobs, businesses and shut down of almost every sector. In this highly challenging time, people with disabilities are the most affected and many of them are not getting the support from Government, hence we aim at reaching, helping and serving more people and families.
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As our humanitarian response, we started working in the front line being active on the ground to help people/families with various disabilities all across Nepal maintaining social distance and safety measures for our volunteers and relief operators.
Even the effect of lock down has affected people very adversely with the pay cuts, loss of jobs and businesses in the entire country. The daily wage worker individuals with various disabilities and their families, families having dependent and disabled kids are stranded without food. Hunger has been another challenge at this transition. Hence Bright Star Society started the food relief campaign from April 2020 and as of now, more than a couple of thousands families and more than 15000 individuals have been provided with relief support.