Accomplished our targeted households on COVID-19 response : Still a lot to do  

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The world is being gripped by this COVID-19 virus more and more. Nepal is struggling now as the scenario now looks critical here. Health care system is facing challenges due to limited resource for coping this pandemic.
With total positive cases of 36,456, currently there are 16,019 COVID-19 active cases in Nepal, where 20,242 have already recovered and death count is 195 as of 29th August 2020, Nepal bears a massive challenge to face this catastrophic disease.

Addressing this urgency, the government of Nepal did announced nationwide lock down again from 18th August 2020, as the statistics of COVID-19 positive cases started escalating.

Targeting landless, labor workers, marginalized and vulnerable households, Caritas is reaching the most disadvantaged communities and families through humanitarian assistance.

On 29th August, our implementing partner from Community Development Forum (CDF) Nepal Doti, handed over food items to 200 needy families in Budhiganga Municipality of Bajura District.

“Each 200 families were supported with 25 kg rice, 2 kg pulses, 2 liters cooking oil and 2 kg salt to sustain themselves for more than 2 weeks.”

-Bhakta Bahadur Singh, Executive Director, CDF

Since the initiation of this pandemic, upon the need of the emergency Caritas Nepal with our local implementing partners initiated COVID-19 response efforts in 23 districts till now, reaching more than 12,000 families with food, non food & hygiene items.

With the joy of reaching targeted 12000 families we feel that we do still bear sincere responsibility to act with kindness during this crisis. Our initiatives through food reliefs, medical and hygiene kit supports to quarantines centers and awareness activities will be consistently implemented to fight for this common enemy.

With strengthened determination to make this world free of Corona, Caritas stands in solidarity with the front liners: health workers , police personal and all those who are directly and indirectly are taking part in the campaign to rescue our communities from possible damage of COVID-19.

Ensuring health safety measures at community level for mitigating rapid widespread of the virus and emergency food supply response for the families who are abandoned of foods due to this pandemic will be our fundamental approach for coping this humanitarian crisis.

227 vulnerable households received cash grant support of NPR. 13500/- per families of Tansen, Palpa. 64 most effected micro business also received cash grant support of NPR. 15000/- to NPR. 35000/- in this month of August.

This cash support was done aiming to contribute for early recovery of their hampered business due to this pandemic and for supporting to manage food and sanitation for family members to sustain in this time of crisis. 

“ I am very thankful to the project for supporting people like us who are suffering from food insecurity during lockdown and also made it easier for us during the time when we needed the most. My husband came back from India quitting his job and I am here jobless due to pandemic.”

Rama B.K, Tansen, Palpa

Caritas Nepal outreach in terms of geography on COVID-19 response. (23 districts)

Info-graph of CaritasNepal on COVID-19 response

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