Namasté family and friends,
In this newsletter we will share some good news and also worrisome news from Nepal. To start with the good stuff, last month we successfully completed our computer project at a school in the district of Nuwakot. The worrying news is that the neighboring country of India has been hit hard by a new wave of Covid-19, which will have damaging effects on Nepal.
Last month we successfully installed five Microsoft computers and a Canon laser printer at the Saraswoti Basic school in the village of Newarpani, Nuwakot. New carpet was laid in the classroom, we also supplied ten chairs, and two wooden computer tables, made by the local carpenter.
Students will now be able to learn the main software programs on the computers, such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Another enormous benefit is that teachers can print out questionnaires and other teaching materials to accompany their lessons.
For most students it was a first to sit at a computer, which was hugely exciting. On the day of the opening of the new computer classroom, the school organised a grand ceremony with speeches, dance and music.
Watch our 1-minute video to get an impression of our project:
Nepal and Covid-19:
The number of corona infections in Nepal increases daily, with 4774 new positive test on April 28, half of which are recorded in the Kathmandu Valley. The number of vaccinations is almost 2 million, which is just 3.5% of the total population.
Hospitals in the Lumbini district, which borders with India, are overcrowded. Schools are closed until May 14 and a one-week lockdown of Kathmandu has been announced yesterday. Shutting down the economy brings great poverty for many people, however if the number of infections is not curbed, the hospitals will become overwhelmed soon.
We keep a close eye on the news from Nepal. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.
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Our webshop sells crocheted key rings made by Samantha and gifts from Bali and Nepal. The lavender bags are filled with lavender from Alex and Sam’s English garden. New in our webshop are cute dog paw key rings, perfect for the real dog lover.
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We would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support. We keep on going with our project for the children and their families of Nepal. With a new wave of Covid-19 on the doorstep, things will get worse in the months to come.
We wish everyone a good summer, do stay safe and be careful out there.
Laxmi Support Team
Jolanda, Geke, Sylvia, Ram, Alex & Samantha