BUTWAL, April 19: While the federal and local governments struggle to handle the COVID-19 crisis, individuals and communities have stepped up to help those in need.
People of Yogikuti, Rupandehi have started an initiative to help those stranded due to the lockdown. A group led by Padam Aryal and other residents of Yogikuti, Butwal, provided rice, lentils, oil and other food items to Kamdhenu Gaushala, Devdaha-10. More than 250 people benefitted from this initiative. “We should not wait for the government for everything. Our community came together to fulfil our social responsibility during this difficult time,” Aryal said.
According to the officials at the Gaushala, three other groups have helped them feed the needy people. “We have fed more than 2,500 people during the lockdown,” said Yogi Somraj, head of Kamdhenu Gaushala. “It’s actually a Gaushala but we also provide food and a place to sleep for free,” he said.
He added, “In this difficult situation, we are trying our best to help the neediest. We have arranged separate toilets to avoid infection, and we serve food in disposable taparis- plates made of leaves.