Our Response to COVID-19
Friends of MountainChild
The past week has been challenging for all of us. We hope you know our thoughts and prayers are with you as we face COVID-19. As the world responds to the development of COVID-19 and the impact it is having on countries around the globe, we are closely monitoring the situation in Nepal. While the pandemic we all face is new, it is just another public health battle that those we serve in Nepal have been asked to face, and with far less resources than we have.
In light of COVID-19 and the international response, Nepal has taken strong steps to help prevent the spread nationally. They have tightened borders by limiting tourism and have canceled all spring trekking expeditions. News reports this morning have stated that all passengers, including Nepalis, flying in from Europe, the UK, West Asia, and the Gulf will not be allowed into the country until April 15. As with much of the world, the situation with COVID-19 is extremely dynamic. For a country that depends heavily, almost entirely, on tourism and trekking, this is a huge economic hit. Bans like these not only affect travel but men and women who serve in the tourism industry, the businesses they run and the families they support. Will you join us in praying for Nepal?
The impact in Nepal will be felt by many.
But our vision and purpose is not lost.
In fact, it’s times like this that greater clarify our strategy. As true with the Nepal Earthquake of 2015, we are once again reminded why we are here doing what we are doing. More critical than ever, proper hygiene through WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) training, access to clean and safe drinking water, and accessible health care are essential for the remote people of the Himalayas. It’s these things that will help slow the spread of this virus and care for those infected. We trust the base of work we’ve laid over the last 20 years to develop the health and hygiene rhythms of communities across the Himalayas, but look ahead to many we’ve not yet reached. There is still great work to be done.
We want to write with a firm confidence that hope is alive even in very uncertain times! As an organization, we are prepared and positioned to respond. We have taken measures to protect our US and Nepal based staff and have taken precautionary steps to help prevent exposure in our remote projects. But we’re not going anywhere. We’re leaning into the uncertainty that lies ahead knowing that the hope we have to offer is worth it! We love the people of the Himalayas too much and are grateful that you do too!
Our mission to carry hope matters. Thank you for your continued support and care for those in the Himalayas.
Carry hope and best regards,
Josh Duncan, P.E.
USA Executive Director