It has so far fed over 27,000 people and served 3,200 households
KATHMANDU, May 27: As a part of its ‘feeding Nepal’ campaign, Sano Paila, a non-profit organization based in Province-2 has been feeding the people across the province. The organization has also started feeding COVID-19 patients in various hospitals and quarantine centers. So far, it has already fed about 27,000 people across the province.
“We have tried our best to assist the authorities by providing emergency supplies as well as by mobilizing volunteers since the beginning of this crisis,” said Kanchan Jha, founder and CEO of Sano Paila.
It is a member-based, development-oriented, non-profit organization, providing opportunities to improve social, economic and health conditions in Nepal’s rural areas.
Remaining true to its mission of serving the rural communities, the organization started a campaign to feed deprived groups right from the beginning of the lockdown. “We have been feeding the poor, the underprivileged and the low wage workers,” Jha said.
Of late, the organization has also started feeding the COVID-19 patients. “We started to feed the patients as there were complaints about the food they were provided in the hospital and in the quarantine centers”, Jha told Republica online. “Hygienic food and good care are amongst the foremost needs for a patient to tackle any kind of disease.”
The organization runs its programs with funds and donations received from the local people and businesses, and the local and provincial governments.
The feeding campaign is ongoing in three districts--Parsa, Dhanusha and Birgunj-- with a limited number of volunteers. “Conducting the campaign with a handful of volunteers due to the virus is tough, however, the service has been supported by the provincial government and the district administration office,” he said.
According to Jha, the service is carried out in cooperation with the provincial and the district administration offices. In collaboration with Nepal Police, the organization has also set up a help desk in Birgunj where they receive calls for emergency medicines and medical supplies. The desk is set up with a motive to deliver required medicine to households as people go to the shops due to the lockdown. “By now we have already delivered medicines to 3,200 households,'' Jha told Republic online.
Poor and the underprivileged people, low wage workers are provided with two meals a day and the COVID-19 patients are provided four meals a day.
Jha mentioned that the work is tough as they have to follow the WHO guidelines while providing food to the patients following strict safety measures. “The service is getting harder as it is difficult to manage supplies due to the lockdown”, he explained over the phone.
Nevertheless, the organization is happy with the response they are receiving from their people as their campaign has helped thousands of needy people across the province.
“Afterall, this is a people’s campaign. All for one and one for all,” Jha said.