Covid-19 in nepal

As Covid-19 continues to spread worldwide, Nepal is reporting it’s first cases of the disease. There are currently 9 confirmed cases in Nepal, as well as several suspected cases.

The country is in lock-down, and a hospital in Kathmandu has been designated to handle all Covid-19 cases as Nepal prepares for more quarantine measures. Nepal lacks the medical infrastructure, equipment, and staff to handle a major outbreak, so extra precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Children’s Home is starting to feel the effects of Covid-19, and the village of Bandipur recently had their first suspected cases: a family of 4 who have all been sent to hospital in Kathmandu. Many people in the village are wearing homemade masks, and limiting contact with anyone outside their home.

The family at The Children’s Home is still safe, the kids are all staying home, and the family remains healthy. They’re stocking up on food, sanitizer, and some basic first aid supplies.

While Covid-19 presents a threat to Nepali citizens, the impact of a lock-down on the economy will undoubtedly be devastating as well. Nepal relies heavily on tourism, and depends on open trade routes between both India and China to maintain a stable economy.

We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers during this challenging time. Please consider sending a donation towards our emergency fund, providing instrumental support in this time of crisis. Your donation will go right where it’s needed most, allowing the family to purchase more food and other essential supplies.

Keeping Up with the Kids

It can be hard keeping up with the kids when we’re so far away, and we have to imagine the ins and outs of their daily life. During visits we spend as much time together as we can, eating together, playing together, and drawing together. Every time we visit the Home, the children give us a stack of pictures and letters on our final evening together. It’s a way for them to say thank you, and express themselves despite the language barrier. A couple of weeks ago we got a surprise batch of virtual pictures and letters from the kids! We’re so happy to see them growing and flourishing, and know that they think of us too.

From Lal, Nira, Rebika, Bhola, and Prem

If you want to learn more about the kids, hear more stories of how the kids are thriving, or find out how you can be involved, contact us! We’d love to hear from you, and share how you can have an impact on these kids’ lives.

Time for Another Contest!

Everyone loves a good giveaway, and for our next contest we’re partnering with the amazingly talented Jovi Klak!

Jovi is an Edmonton based artist and graphic designer. She grew up on a farm north of Athabasca, Alberta where she spent much of her time outdoors, and was influenced by her mom’s love of plants and huge garden. Jovi is drawn to unique patterns and colours in the outside world—especially those found in florals.

You could win this!

In 2017, she went on a 5 month solo trip to Thailand, Nepal and the Philippines. Inspired by henna in Nepal and blown away by the changing landscapes, Jovi began creating mandalas to express the surroundings that moved her. When a friend suggested she put her circular designs onto wood slices, she jumped on the idea. Wood materials have been sourced from fallen trees on her parents’ farm or graciously donated. Jovi is happy to have taken part in the entire creation of her art pieces, from cutting, sanding and sealing material, to then painting on it. 

A majority of her painted wood slices are inspired by plants seen in everyday life. Oftentimes, Jovi will work with the wood slice’s ring pattern, as if the piece is in collaboration with itself. Jovi wishes to explore different designs with the hopes of continually adding to and having pieces picked from her ever evolving wood slice garden.  You can see more of her gorgeous work here.

You could win this wood cookie painting!

Just click here to sign up for our quarterly newsletters, and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw! Winner will be announced by October 28. You must live in Canada to enter.