Reviving the hope of migrants: shattered by COVID-19

  • Dipendra Lamsal
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Like, Sovit Sharma (Name changed), each day almost 5000 youth are returning to Nepal from abroad due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19. Mr. Sharma was one of them. He was deported from UAE after he was tested positive.
”I stayed quarantined and recovered after 14 days before coming back to Nepal in June 2020. I was happy that I recovered from corona but the main challenge was now what?”, he recalled sounding hopeless.

“Caritas Nepal support helped me to live a dignified life. I feel great to overcome this stigma of this ongoing pandemic and financial challenges through this revolving fund support”

Working in a construction company, he barely managed to save money to start a new business and new life here in his home town Damak. After seeing his willingness and devotion to start a poultry farm, CN supported him with NPR.40, 000 as a loan. The support has made a significant difference in his life as he has now established his poultry farm by naming it “Apsana Multi-Purpose Agriculture Farm”.

Ensuring safe migration of the most vulnerable people through awareness and capacity building (SAMVAB) is Caritas Nepal’s initiative with a funding partner Caritas Germany. It focuses on enhancing the knowledge and skills of potential migrants, returnees and their families through professional training, information events, awareness-raising campaigns for safe migration, legal, health and psychosocial support, family counselling, pre-departure orientation, national-level meetings, distribution of IEC materials, coaching courses and other required technical and financial assistance. 

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