Namaste family & friends,
In early May, it became clear that the Delta variant, first discovered in India, had also taken hold in Nepal. The number of Covid-19 infections rose alarmingly fast, also in the Nuwakot district. In the beginning there were only a few infections, within a few weeks the number rose to over a hundred.
After a successful fundraising campaign, at the end of May we started providing medical support to people infected with Covid-19 in this particular area, who are in self-isolation at home or in isolation centers provided for by the government.
Beforehand, Ram Thapa of Laxmi Support, has been busy stocking up all the stuff in Kathmandu, which was not always easy due to the scarcity of the items caused by this second wave. Ram is a pharmacist by profession and works in the hospital, which came in handy as we were able to stock up on many medicines with a discount.
The relief package consisted of: vitamin B, C, D tablets and zinc tablets to strengthen the immune system, paracetamol, facemasks, hand gel, soap, thermometers and oximeters, to measure the oxygen level in the blood.
On May 24 we were ready to start the distribution of the items. Ram was assisted by his brother, Keshab Thapa, and a health worker from Nuwakot district, who was assigned to our project for two days. They managed to reach a total of 112 with Covid-19 infected people.
The mayor of Tarkeshwar Rural Municipality, Mr. Ramesh Wosti, kindly provided for a 4×4 jeep with driver for the duration of our project. This literally saved us a few hundred euros, which we could spend extra on medicines.
The team wore fully protective clothing, which was extremely hot this time of year. The unpaved roads to the different villages were seriously bad; luckily we had a local driver who was very skilful at steering the vehicle through the hills.
The project was highly appreciated by the villagers, as we went door to door to distribute medicines, measure oxygen levels and give advice. This personal approach was very well received by all involved, one of the Covid-19-infected residents reported that his self-confidence and motivation had been strengthened by the personal attention of the team.
Fun to mention is that the project was broadcasted on Nepalese television. See the report here: YouTube.
A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors, who made it possible to make this project a reality. Thank you to your continued support, it warms our hearts and souls.
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Samantha, Alex, Ram, Geke, Jolanda & Sylvia
Laxmi Support Foundation