Impact of COVID Pandemic
How can you help?
Nepal has been badly hit by the pandemic; the country is in lockdown amidst a second wave of the virus. Transmission rates and deaths are very high and the capacity of the health sector to deal with COVID patients is very weak. About one million people have left Kathmandu Valley seeking safety and better protection in mountain/hill villages.
HORAC relies on donations to pay for their house rent, food and school fees/expenses. Up until the pandemic struck HORAC had relied on regular food donations from local people, and an overseas network raising donations from volunteers who have worked in the home and supported HORAC for many years. Faringdon Rotary Club, together with other UK partners, has been supporting the education of HORAC students at college and university through the RP4E (Rotary Partnership for Education) project.
Throughout the past 18 months there have been no overseas volunteers working at HORAC. Now, international donations are down by around 60% and local support has also reduced as many Nepalis have lost their jobs and struggle to take care of their own families. In summary, over these difficult times, HORAC is appealing for help to fill the funding shortfalls for rent, food, medical supplies and education. Normally, rent is £600/month; the monthly food bill is around £1000; education costs for all the younger children are about £10,000 per year. The college students are funded through RP4E sponsors. In addition there are expenses for medical supplies and cleaning/hygiene materials. And HORAC has to maintain the Children's Home in order to meet local Government standards, especially relating to Health and Safety.
In response to this emergency our partner club Faringdon Rotary has set up an emergency fund for HORAC, managed by their International Project Group (IPG) to help the children in their hour of need.
Any donation, however modest, will be appreciated, and will contribute to changing the lives of these young people.
If you would like to support HORAC, you can do so by sending your donation direct to The Rotary Club of Faringdon and District:
Sort 20 - 90 – 91
Reference: HORAC MBRC.
Please make cheques payable to The Rotary Club of Faringdon and District and write “HORAC MBRC Fund” on the back.
To help boost the fund, Faringdon Rotary Club can claim Gift Aid on your donation if you complete their gift aid form.