A handwashing station and signage at Green Pastures Hospital, Nepal
UPDATE: Covid-19 response, April 2020
Anglican Aid has partnered with International Nepal Fellowship (INF Nepal) in the past to rebuild communities after disasters such as the massive 2015 earthquake and flooding of 2017. We are committed to serving the vulnerable communities and families of Nepal who currently face great disadvantages in the face of lockdown.
As of April 23, Nepal has only had 45 cases of Covid-19, however an outbreak of the pandemic will very likely have disastrous consequences due to the country’s very weak health system. Green Pastures Hospital, which is linked to INF Nepal, is already experiencing a shortage of commercial Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and lacks an ICU, ventilation facilities, and other essential equipment needed to care for people who may present with Coronavirus.
Green Pastures Hospital is already making essential preparations for a serious outbreak of Covid-19, both within the hospital and in the local community of Pokhara, including:
- Beginning to produce their own PPE such as hand sanitiser, masks and overalls
- Establishing a fever clinic and an isolation observation tent
- Setting aside two specialist wards for Covid-19 patients
- Training hospital staff on PPE use, medical treatment of Covid patients, good hygiene and isolation practices, and general education about the pandemic
- Lending additional staff support to the local government’s Task Force
- Providing essential food packages to over 150 families
- Implementing WASH education initiatives in partnership with the World Health Organisation to raise community awareness about the pandemic and its prevention
Anglican Aid supporters can assist specifically with:
- $5770 – Food packages to 150 vulnerable families
- $3850 – PPE, equipment for the newly created Covid-19 wards, oxygen bottles and extra medicine
Donations to Anglican Aid for this project are tax deductible.
Anglican Aid has entered into a five year project with International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in a commitment to respond long term to the Nepal Earthquake which occurred on the 25th of April, 2015.
The GRACE (Gorkha Rehabilitation And Community Empowerment) Project is located in the Gorkha District in Nepal, in an area which has a higher than average percentage of people living with existing or earthquake related disabilities. The GRACE Project wants to see people with disabilities fully included and involved in their communities.
They are acheiving this through:
- Building 100 earthquake-resistant house for people with disabilities
- Building five special education schools (temporary shelter for the schools is pictured above)
- Supporting 90 Self Help Groups
- Training and support in areas such as health, education and employment
All donations to this appeal are tax deductible.
ABN 59 792 865 372.
Once emergency activities have ceased any excess funds will be used to assist long term development objectives in the country where the emergency occurred. Emergency funds are not retained for emergencies or activities elsewhere.
- Pray for the staff that are deployed in the community for their heath, safety and tasks
- Pray that we can have proper coordination with government line agencies, beneficiary groups, self help groups members and other local partners we work with.
- Pray for the construction of the houses that needs to be build on time for the disable people family.
- Pray for Nepal government and political stability
- Pray for wisdom, clarity and strength to all the staff that we would be able to help and support most needy community people through our deeds throughout our project.
- Pray that the community people would be benefited and may experience the love of God through us and through our program activities
December 2016 - Annual Report
In 2015, earthquakes devastated the tiny, landlocked nation of Nepal which is home to 30 million people. Reports estimate that the earthquakes resulted in over 8,700 deaths, 22,200 injured and 2.8 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance. More than 505,000 homes were damaged and 279,000 severely damaged.
While the quakes were more than twelve months ago, a national coordinated plan is in place which will take years to implement. Anglican Aid is pleased to be partnering with the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in both Nepal and Australia.
A temporary learning centre school building was provided four months after the quake by INF. The children were also given stationery supplies to help them continue their studies despite the turbulence. 2016 was the second monsoon season under temporary shelter. Things are not restored quickly.
INF-Nepal has also established the Gorkha Rehabilitation and Community Empowerment Project (GRACE Project). The GRACE Project supports families with a family member with a disability, who have been impacted by the earthquakes. The project is using funds from a number of donors and will operate for five years. The project seeks to build houses in the Gorkha region, construct classrooms and residential facilities for five schools which have children with a disability and provide therapy and support to families with a disabled member in the region. Gorkha has many isolated mountain communities. Delivering building supplies to these areas will continue to be a significant challenge.
Year one saw INF-Nepal establish a new office in Gorkha. The team identified people with a disability in the region and established disability groups. A physiotherapist has been employed who is training village health workers to support people with disabilities.
INF has signed contracts so that 108 families (76 are from the Gorkha area) can construct new houses. The Nepali government has clear processes for all NGOs to follow including standard earthquake-resistant house designs and amounts of US $2,000 maximum for each family. The families for whom houses will be built have been identified. Anglican Aid was able to witness the signing of contracts by the families who will commence construction after the 2016 monsoon season which ended in September 2016.
A recent update on the project can be found here.