Hot meal distribution
With almost 10% of Nepal's population residing in Kathmandu valley, the corona virus pandemic quickly found its way creating problems for the people in Kathmandu. The continued lockdown forced people out of jobs, mainly daily wage workers. The economy was completely shut and so was the people's livelihood. News of people dying from starvation had stared to float in the news. The government was not able to handle the pandemic itself, let alone crisis of citizens being denied of their rights to live.
This made us quickly realize how things were getting worse even in Kathmandu valley. With support from our partner organisations, Metal for Nepal was able to carry out hot meal distribution programs for vulnerable people and communities at various places in Kathmandu.
Daily hot meal distribution at Thamel
Thamel being the tourism business' hub, a lot of people were out of their jobs and homes due to the ongoing lockdown. During the strict initial lockdown, we were able to help over 2000 daily wage workers, homeless and street children with hot meals. We were able to lend our hands for 3 days and distributed hot meals with rice, lentil, vegetable curry and pickle.
Partnership with HDRVG
In association with HDRVG (Himalayan Disaster Relief Volunteer Group), a network of volunteers responding to the most urgent needs in times of crisis, we were able to identify daily wage workers and people from marginalized communities just after the Kathmandu valley went into lockdown. Through this partnership we were able to help over 800 people from 150 families with monthly ration supplies and vegetables. Other sanitation and hygiene supplies like sanitary pads, soap and water purifier drops were also distributed in the communities.
Daily hot meal distribution in two locations inside Kathmandu
Our ongoing efforts were further maximized with daily hot meal distribution in two places in Kathmandu, through which we were able to fill 300 hungry stomachs of daily wage workers, homeless and street children every day for 15 days. This allowed us to have distributed a total of 4500 hot meals made up of rice, lentil, vegetable curry and pickle to the needy ones.
We only hope that with help of all our partners and supporters we can keep continuing with our contribution to bring solace in the lives of the suffering ones.
Daily hot meal lunch distribution at Shree Mahendra Saraswati Sewa School, Teku and
Kanti Iswori Higher Secondary School ,Basantapur
The corona virus pandemic has affected all groups of people while children being the most vulnerable ones to be affected from lack of education and malnutrition. The children studying at Mahendra Saraswati Sewa School and Kanti Iswori Higher Secondary School had been forced out of schools for too long, deprived of their rights to education. And with the ongoing lockdown and no measures from the government, their families who worked for daily wages as street vendors, rickshaw drivers, porters had been severely affected by the situation. The children, as a result, were most affected with no access to even basic nutrition.
With the aim of providing the school children and other unprivileged children from the community with their right to good health, we able to cater 120 children of 5-10 years of age with hot meal lunches. The meals made up of rice, lentil, vegetable curry and pickle were distributed for 15 days at Shree Mahendra Saraswati Sewa School.
While our hot meal lunch distribution program at Kanti Iswori Higher Secondary School was able to feed 100 children of 5-10 years of age for 15 days.
-Mukesh Kunwar for Metal for Nepal, 10/15/2020