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Corona Help for Nepal

Good news and bad news from Nepal

Dear sponsors and supporters,


As an exception, let’s start with some bad news:

Maya, Ram and Ram’s mother have been infected with COVID-19. The course of the disease was relatively harmless for Maya. Ram and his mother are seriously ill and are both still in hospital.

The good news is that Ram is getting better day by day. The treatment includes Remdesivir. Artificial respiration could be discontinued for Ram. His mother’s crisis will certainly last for a long time due to her age and we hope for a full recovery.

Ram and Maya asked to greet you all cordially.

Case numbers in Nepal (as of November 13th, 2020)

The dramatic circumstances, the helplessness of the government and of the people in Nepal with regard to COVID-19 were brought very close to us by the serious illness of Ram and his mother. A few days before Ram’s illness, he told us on the phone that things were getting out of hand in Kathmandu and in Kathmandu Valley:

  • The lockdown has been lifted. Many people are now traveling to their families in the mountains. A three-week festival is increasing travel and so, of course, the risk of COVID-19 infections is increasing in the mountains as well. There is even less help there than in the city.

  • Illnesses and deaths in Kathmandu and in the Kathmandu Valley are on the rise. The number of unreported cases is certainly very high, because people usually do not get tested because of the associated cost.

  • In addition, Kathmandu is overrun by refugees from the south and from the border region to India. The situation in India is more threatening than in Nepal.

  • Instead of providing more aid, the government is reducing the necessary aid. The tests, which were previously free of charge, must now be paid for, even by the poor population; the cost is about 40€ per test. This is a monthly income for day labourers.

  • Hospitalization was free in the past in the state hospitals for destitute people. It must now be paid for and costs about 70€ just for a day’s stay without medical treatment, and 180€ in a private clinic.

  • In principle, sick people are supposed to stay at home. They are not admitted to hospital, even if they could finance it, because there are de facto no more free beds. The sick are only admitted to hospitals when they can no longer breathe, as in the case with Ram and his mother.

  • Care by a family doctor can only be obtained with connections. Many doctors refuse to see COVID-19 patients, as it happened in Ram’s case.

  • Intensive care equipment is mostly unavailable.

One could continue the list of difficult circumstances for a long time and bury one’s head in the sand complaining. This does not help!

Through your donations we have the opportunity,
  • to finance COVID-19 tests for our project children and their families,

  • to financially support hospitalization in acute cases,

  • to provide basic food on request, as long as our families cannot pursue their work without restrictions.

The schools have been completely closed since March. All project children have the opportunity to take advantage of the minimal provision of homework by the schools via smartphone.

A highly developed country like Germany has many good and helpful possibilities to control a pandemic. A country like Nepal once again has no room for maneuver. This is the reason for us to continue to support people in Nepal structurally and individually with your help.

We wish you a healthy and good time in spite of all the restrictions and limitations that we experience here as well.

Your Board of Gecotec e.V.

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Gecotec e.V.
Commerzbank Köln
IBAN: DE12 6808 0030 0411 7438 02