News from the Tibet Office in Katmandu, June 15th
The Tibetan people were made aware about the nationwide lockdown declared by the government of Nepal as precautionary method to control the pandemic since 24-03-2020. The settlement offices in Nepal also decided to remain closed to follow the lockdown and staffs carried out works from respective home while lockdown is ordered. Since the partial relaxation of lockdown in recent days, staffs have begun working from respective office under the guidance from TRWO.
COVID -19 Nepal Tibetan Response Group was initially formed on 23rd March, 2020 to control the COVID-19 pandemic among the Tibetan population in Nepal. The committee members conduct virtual meeting once a week presided by kungo donchoe. Committee includes a representative of dept of home, all settlement officers, Administrator, Health Officer and Education Officer of SLF and SARD-Nepal co-ordinator, Director of TRC. During the meeting, all the settlements actively discuss the reports of their respective settlements measures made.
Weekly fever screening and sanitizing settlements are being carried out under the responsibility of Settlement offices in Pokhara (Tashiling, Tashi Palkhiel, Lodrik) and in Kathmandu (Samdupling, Choejor, Gyalsa Phaksing). General public have been notified to stay safe at their home and within the boundary of settlements except for emergency situation. Quarantine centers were also arranged in Pokhara Settlements. Similarly, relief works such as essential medical goods & mask, cash and rations are being distributed to the Tibetans of their respective settlements. The awareness campaign on the official guidelines of COVID-19 is also being made frequently to the residence timely.
Since, settlements located in remote area very far from the city area and being the nation in lockdown situation, essential things for the precautionary purposes could not be distributed to these settlements (Manang, Nubri, Tserok, Walung, Rasuwa, Solukhumbu). However, The rations were stocked for long time of almost a year usually in settlement like walung. So, People doesn’t face much shortage of rations though the lockdown was imposed. However, The Settlement officers of remote areas are giving their best to send medical supplies and funds to the concerned people to the settlements.
Fortunately, there are no symptoms of COVID-19 in Tibetan settlements in Nepal.
strict lockdown has been partially made relaxed, which allows the move of the people in and out of Nepal as well as inter districts. The government was compelled to open the lockdown due to political and economic pressure. Now it is very high risk to spread the pandemic.
News from Kalimpong's Tibetan Settlement Officer, Ms Tenzing Dhadon on June 11th
News from Tsering Topgyal "Snow Lion Foudation" kathmandu Népal.
10 mai 2020
Dear Annick Dreano la,
I hope you and rest of our sponsors are doing well, without much hindrances to health due to COVID 19 pandemic. Its been 45days of nation lock down since 24th March 2020. I hope you and all are ensuring the best preventives measure and taking utmost care of one self , same with our wonderful sponsors, whose support is always cherished by our sponsees.
Basically we are working from home without any references to look into, in case need to detail it. Neither our schools are in full fledged opening. But arrangement are made to ensure on line classes since last two weeks , through different social media apps. The education dept is also seeing the feasibility in remote and its coverage. The kind of social and emotional challenges is beyond our comprehension during this distress situation.
As per the news now ,Nepal Govt. is charting out plans to ease the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID 19 in a bid to gradually restart the stalled economy by creating the modalities to ease the lockdown based on the instructed guidelines by categorizing areas based on number of cases and density of population as red , yellow and green zones But opening of schools and colleges still needs extra care and guidelines which the government still working . Now Nepal crossed 110 Covid-19 affected patients lately, so far no death cases.
In adherence with the govt notice and announcement,schools might resume end of May, till then need to continue with on line classes. All our children are with their respective family. The teachers are sharing their number to reach the children to know their well being and seeking possibilities of having interactive session through net.
All old age homes / scattered Tibetans and from settlements are under close scrutiny as per the SLF dra fted COVID 19 guidlines through concerned settlement offices ( Representatives of Tibetans offices ). So far all our communities remained unaffected pertaining to outbreak of disease. A great deal of cautionary needs to follow where county itself has poor public health facilities .
I mailing you all to update as you all have been very considerate with gracious support and cooperation in full filing the objectives of the organization .
Thanking you so much in unwavering supports despite global health crisis and its consequences to socio- economic conditions.
Most of our sponsor must be worried about their sponsees well being . So this is my kind information on behalf of organization , that all are settled with love and care from their family members at their respective places.
Heart felt gratitude to you all.
Please Stay Safe !
With Warmest Regards