As you may all imagine, daily lives of our “protégés” in Nepal are characterised by trying to stay protected from the virus with self-made masks and a lot of disinfectant. That’s simply regarded as the only kind of life insurance possible, because those who get infected, will find neither a doctor nor a hospital. At this point, a practically non-existent health system can’t be optimised. Medication is supplied – if at all – from India, and now the border is closed. The same applies to fuel, gas for cooking and soap. Food has doubled in price since the middle of March, and those who don’t have their own garden – which is nearly impossible in the Kathmandu valley with its 6 million inhabitants – move to relatives in the countryside. What this means for the population there, which is already very poor, is easy to guess. Since March 16th, the country is in a complete standstill, also because all tourists (the start of the season being March) have been evacuated and flown out. Hence, our support is focused on the transfer of money for ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS (medication from the black market, masks, gas for cooking and fuel to drive to the emergency hospital).
We know that each of us here is occupied with our own life and survival combined with profound changes in family, work and much more. Yet, we’d like to ask you not to forget about our projects.
Thank you very much for your solidarity and support for the genuinely poorest people in the world.
Thomas Oehler, Dominik Nowak, Kerstin Günther