July 7, 2020
Life in Nepal during the Pandemic and subsequent lock down...
Life has changed for all of us, including Nepal.
In Nepal, the streets have gone from bustling to bare.
Photo 1: February 2020 The bustling city of Kathmandu.
Photos 2 & 3: June 2020 Traffic during lock down in Kathmandu.
Photo 4: Babalal at the NSP Nepal office.
There are significant changes happening in Nepal as the world experiences lock down. Our friends in Nepal say they are all fine, but life is different.
According to Babalal, our man in charge of all projects, some people are able to go into the office, but many cannot work at all. In a country where community and festivals are so important they are missing many of their favourites. Bel Kumar Ghalan said, “We missed the New Year, Buddha Jayanti (Purnima), when the Lord Bhuda was born, Mother's Day and Ed Yul father of Muslim.”
In June things began to loosen up with vehicles being able to move goods and some businesses able to operate. Slowly the people of Nepal will return to their new normal.
As of today Nepal is still in quarantine. Cases of the virus are still increasing, but so far none in our group has been directly affected by the virus. The Nepal crew are working at our NSP office, as they maintain their social distance, but not out in the field. Many people in the country are not able to work and as a result there is a shortage of money for some families. There is also a food and medicine shortage as the pandemic continues. Some students continued the school year with online lessons. Now all schools and colleges are closed. All exams have been cancelled.
Schools in the villages
As of July 8, 2020, Covid 19 data from: https://ncov2019.live/
Confirmed cases 16,423; Recovered cases 7,752;
Deaths 35; Active 8,636; Changes today +255
News from our friend Kunsang who is visiting family in his village
Dear Fran ma'am
By the grace of God we are all fine here in Nepal. I hope Fran ma'am, Murray sir, Betty ma'am and all the members of NSP are fine there in Canada? Thank you ma'am for great support and care from small age. Now, I can understand and easily communicate with you ma'am. I am at village (Rajedada) enjoying great time with may family members and friends. Day by day people are increasing and being infected due to Corona virus. It has obstruct in field of various development activities. College, schools, international flights, market areas have been closed for long periods of time. The government has launched awareness programmes and made strict rules and regulations. Various projects and work has stopped due to lockdown. How is the situation there in Canada ma'am? Please stay safe .take care ma'am.lots of love from my family members.
We'll keep you apprised of all developments and news about our projects in Nepal.