January: Standing on one’s own feet
Since the end of 2020, ROKPA has been supporting former beggars on the way to self-employment. With the support of our start-up project, Maya and her husband managed to buy their own sewing machine last spring and started their own business. A total of 100 families, including many single mothers, could leave a life on the streets. Thanks to the support of ROKPA, they can now provide for their children on a long term basis.
February: Circle of Nourishment
In Cape Town, a team of motivated volunteers supports expectant mothers in a day clinic. The women receive food and mental support during their stay in the hospital. They are also prepared for a new chapter in their life. This project is the perfect win-win-win situation! Not only for the mothers who are cared for and get help, but also for the volunteers who have been lovingly committed to these mothers for years. They find a meaning in their work. And of course, you who help financing this project and bring it to life in the first place.
March: Ready for working life
It was a long journey for our students of the ROKPA Hospitality Vocational Training in Kathmandu. Not only has the pandemic restricted public life as a whole and the gastronomy in particular, the final exams were also postponed several times. In spring 2021, the time had finally come: our students could take the exams in both the theoretical and practical part. They all passed successfully!
April: Planting trees
When in 2019 cyclone Idai hit the Chikukwa region of Zimbabwe, many trees were lost. In 2021, ROKPA helped to plant 300 macadamia walnut trees purchased at a local plant nursery and well suited for this region. The seedlings were planted and cultivated on an area of one hectare. A local Climate Change Action Group supports this project on site.
May: Nepal in need
In spring 2021, the pandemic situation deteriorated dramatically. People were queuing up in front of hospitals that were stretched to the limits. There was not sufficient oxygen and the staff helplessly overworked. Due to the severe lockdown that ensued, people were in great need. From one day to the next many lost their source of income. Thanks to our strong local team, ROKPA was able to respond quickly to this state of emergency in Kathmandu and organized medical aid and food distribution.
June: On the road with the mobile clinic
Since mid-June, the mobile clinic has been travelling regularly through the Nepalese hinterland. It reached the most remote and poorest villages in order to examine the local people and to provide medical advice. In cooperation with the local authorities, this project was planned and supported by local volunteers. As a result of the precautionary measures taken by the Nepalese authorities, many people lost access to basic health care. The demand is enormous: 5000 people – many elderlies, mothers and children – have already been cared for by our medical team.
July: 50 kg on one head
1500 people in Harare, Zimbabwe, regularly receive food packages with corn flour, soybeans, rice, oil, sugar and salt. One parcel can feed a family of six during 42 days. Due to the pandemic, the already dire economic situation in Zimbabwe has deteriorated dramatically. Many people lost their job, schools are closed and the low income of many families is barely enough to pay the rent. The number of people in need at the ROKPA drop-in centres in Harare and Chitungwiza has massively increased.
August: Children’s laughter at 3500m above sea level
ROKPA supports a kindergarten in the Nubri region of the Himalayas. The people live off the land and cattle breeding. Since an early age, the children are often on their own and exposed to various dangers while their parents are working on the fields. The kindergarten is of great relief: the day care allows parents to do their daily work and offers the children a protected environment. Moreover, teachers also make parents aware of the importance of early childhood education and hygiene.
September: Moving forward together
The core idea of the “Centre for Life” is to offer people a perspective and to restore their joy of life. The beneficiaries sign up for playing an active part in the community centre: they cook for the soup kitchen, they learn how to make Waldorf dolls and wooden toys, they are trained in sustainable gardening and lend a hand in the vegetable garden. Working together and sharing strengthen the coexistence and the self-confidence of each individual. They can later pass on the knowledge they acquired. Thus, several communal gardens have been created to the benefit of other families in the area.
October: With handicraft through the lockdown
The ROKPA Women’s Workshop in Kathmandu also had to find creative solutions as the women had to stay at home due to the pandemic. The work was divided up, materials prepared and brought to the women at home, the finished goods picked up and brought back to the workshop. After months of “home office”, the workers returned to their sewing machines. Thanks to the well-coordinated distribution of tasks, the women were able to continue working despite the lockdown. They worked on various sales orders, namely hygiene masks and #togetherband.
November: “If you lose faith in humanity, Chitungwiza is the place to go!” Lea Wyler
During her trip, Lea Wyler visited 19 projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe. One of them was the community centre in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. This centre offers a wide range of support for the impoverished population: from the Drop-in Centre to the permaculture garden to the day-care centre where children with disability are cared for and receive appropriate therapies. As health care costs are very high and caring for the children is time consuming, the families often live at subsistence level. Childcare in a safe environment allows the parents to work and to look after their families.
December: ROKPA Children's Home
It was not an easy year for our ROKPA children in Kathmandu! In spring, the pandemic maintained a firm grip on the ROKPA Children’s Home: several children and members of the management team fell ill with Covid-19. In addition, there was a hard lockdown and the schools were closed for several months. The long days at the Children’s Home were clearly structured. The children were able to attend classes either online or were taught at home. Games, dancing and crafting made the children’s spare time more interesting.