PTN COVID in Nepal statement - 17 May 2021

PTN statement re situation in Nepal – 17th May 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis in India, the situation in Nepal is now also extremely worrying due to their shared borders and overseas workers having to cross the border to return home because of lockdown restrictions. With the border now closed, airports virtually shut down, and many of Nepal’s rural communities only accessible on foot or via dirt roads, getting vaccines and other vital medicines in is very challenging.

As a UK and Isle of Man based charity that has been working in Nepal for 30 years, our thoughts are very much with our friends, colleagues and communities facing this crisis.

PTN is not an expert in emergency relief: we need to continue focusing on the building and refurbishment of schools and health facilities. In the short-term, this means that we can provide employment for hundreds of local people and in the longer-term create better educational opportunities and outcomes for the children and young people in Nepal’s remote communities.

We of course have been in close contact with our team in Nepal who want us to continue with our 30 For 30 campaign running throughout 2021, which aims to raise £50k to support 30 schools with early childhood development  classrooms and teaching materials – supporting one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

This month’s fundraising theme is Nepali Night In, so we are shifting our focus for it from celebration to solidarity. If you would still like to join in with Nepali Night In and show your solidarity, then that is great. Alternatively, you can just  make a donation on our website – we really appreciate every donation we receive and the support we are given for our work. Continuing with our campaign will ensure that when schools are able to reopen we can provide an engaging and safe environment for children to learn.

We are aware that there is a need for immediate support in Nepal and are therefore making a contribution from our reserves to one of our partner organisations in Nepal to fund their emergency relief efforts.