Acute emergency situation in Nepal

*** Update of May, 21st ***

The number of COVID-19 cases has increased dramatically in recent weeks. Almost every second person tested is COVID-positive (the official figures are not correct!). The consequence of this are overcrowded hospitals (patients are lying in the corridors and at the entrances), lack of oxygen, far too few doctors and nursing staff - the situation is desperate, there is a lack of everything.

And there is a lack of money.

For those who are lucky enough to be admitted into hospital, a bed costs between CHF 55 and CHF 400 per day! Every doctor's visit, every medication – everything has to be paid extra. The poor cannot even afford a single mask for a few pennies. 

For more than a year we have been distributing food in different parts of Kathmandu. But we need to do more! We are planning to set up a mobile clinic to care for people in their homes and to carry out hygiene and prevention work. For this we need your help! Your donation will support the purchase of an ambulance and urgently needed items such as oxygen, thermometers, pulse oximeters, masks, COVID-19 tests, vitamins, painkillers, etc. For all this we are hoping to fundraise CHF 50,000 / USD 55,000 / GBP 40,000. 

We ask you today for your generous support so that we can help quickly where help is so urgently needed now. Thank you very much!

Food packages for needy families

ROKPA has been distributing food to single mothers with several children, workers, the disabled and other vulnerable people. Naresh, a former ROKPA child, runs the Soup Kitchen and together with his wife Jyoti, takes care of the packing and distribution. 

On average, 400 food packages are distributed per week. These contain basic food and toiletries like rice, lentils and soap. 

South Africa

The lockdown in South Africa, which has been in force since 27 March, is one of the strictest in the world (level 4 of 5). It has caused the economic situation to deteriorate enormously for many people. This is particularly evident in the townships, where people live at the subsistence level and earn their income through informal, irregular and unregulated work - for example as cleaners, craftsmen, gardeners or drivers. Thousands of households, also from the middle class that has grown in recent years, have lost all their income because they have very little or no financial cushion. 

Food packages, food growing and occupation for children

In Makhaza, a township in Cape Town, together with our partner UNIMA SA, ROKPA started the project “Izandla Zobomi” which means “Hands for Life”. UNIMA is an arts and social development organization focused on the art of puppetry. The beneficiaries include people involved in the community centre: children, elderly women, church members, unemployed youths as well as performance artists and puppeteers from other townships. We support with:

  • Food packages for families in need 
  • The opening of a community garden: This will not only provide fresh vegetables and fruits for the residents, but also secure and sustainable employment opportunities and income – especially for young people.
  • Learning and teaching materials such as pens and staplers for the children in order to keep the children busy and to prevent the children from falling out of the school system. Furthermore, activities for crafting and art will be provided.


Emergency help continues ...

We plan to support further emergency aid projects in our project countries, which will be identified by our partners and contacts on site. Our broad and well established local network helps us a lot.

Together, we can overcome the crisis. Let's help together! Donate now.