After a dificult drive, due to bad weather and bad roads, the clinic made it to Nuwakot where the people had been waiting desperatly. They checked over 200 patients. Cases ranged from minor to more serious skin problems, chest infections, high blood pressure, new babies etc..
We also gave out face masks, made by the NAG Tailoring team, and Nepali made biodegradable sanitary pads. The NAG Nurses explained and talked to the girls about their periods.
We are very proud of the amazing NAG clinic team!!
…that you made your way to Zurich to attend the NAG event for the first time at its new location in GZ Heuried.
The anticipation on our part was enormous and so was the excitement. We all did not really know how many supporters of the children’s home were to be expected this year due to corona and the surprise was great that well over 100 people showed up.
A look at the fight against COVID-19 in NAG was the theme of this year’s event and Nicole Thakuri-Wick impressively told us how NAG has dealt with all the challenges since the beginning of 2020, how the virus has affected NAG and that the crisis has also created a lot of positive things and new ideas. In the last six months, during which the hospitals were overcrowded and the Nepalese health system was at its limit, NAG was able to ensure access to medical aid for very many people, support over 4,000 families with food and provide access to virtual education in remote schools. At the same time, daily life continued at NAG, children were able to continue attending NAG’s own school, concerts, theater performances, and art exhibitions were organized by NAGers for NAGers, shifting the focus away from COVID-19 to more joyful topics.
Some of the artwork created at the NAG was brought back to Switzerland from Nepal by Nicole and was exhibited by Andrew Gray during the event. Two have already been sold. The proceeds will be used to buy new materials for the art room at NAG and the artists will receive a salary for their work.
Following Nicole’s presentation, we had the pleasure of bidding farewell to long-time Foundation Board member Heinz Sulzer. Heinz has supported and advised Nicole for many years in construction-related questions. Herewith again a huge thank you to Heinz Sulzer. We wish you much joy in your future projects and hope that you will stay connected to NAG.
Where there is a resignation, there is an entry and thus we were able to officially introduce our new foundation board member to everyone. Maja Hug is a pediatrician specializing in intensive care medicine and neonatology and therefore a great addition to our foundation board, which she enriches in an ideal way with her know-how.
Our president Sophie Winkler and Nicole Thakuri-Wick are welcoming Maja Hug.
Initially, a film tour through NAG had been planned for the event. But, since it did not fit thematically, Ohm, our director, decided to interview children and young people in the home. The result is an impressive documentary film in which they talk about whether COVID-19 also has had a positive impact on their lives.
We thank everyone for coming to the event, for the generous support throughout the year, without which we would not be able to tell about all the great projects and stories. To the many volunteers, cake bakers, without whose time and effort this event would not be possible, we would like to express a huge THANK YOU!
Thank you to all the supporters and helpers!
Our new location: the Atriuam at GZ Heuried
The invitation card projected in the background and the finished artwork displayed
During the last school year, our three art teachers Anjali Tamang Theeng, Gyani Tamang and Nikki Rai taught art to students from kindergarten to 10th grade. With the resulting works, they now held an exhibition at NAG, which was visited by everyone with great interest. On the photos you can admire some of the amazing works of art. We are very proud of all the big and small artists. Art and creativity are very important for education and problem solving in life, which is why we place so much emphasis on them at NAG. Most schools in Nepal lack art and good art teachers, which is a shame. Hopefully NAG/NiMS school will produce many art teachers and artists in the future.
A huge THANK YOU to our three art teachers and Andrew Gray-Leupi for all their hard work. Without your dedication, none of this would be possible!
The government announced an extension to the lockdown. It has been 36 days of lockdown 2.0. During this stage many poor people couldn’t work. With no work there is no money and no food. In Nepal there is no unemployment money from the government.
NAG, as part of the “Covid Alliance for Nepal”, has helped open isolation centers, helped with oxygen distribution for the poor and become an ambulance service for desperate cases. Whenever needed, we are there to help.
But now the biggest need is food. NAG has always given out food to the one we knew needed it in our area and in the slums. But now together with Alliance members we are managing to help so many more. We have connected with government schools and started giving family packs to the poorest families in the valley.
In the last 6 days we have given out to over 500 families that is around 2000 individuals.Each pack lasts for 10 days and costs 13 CHF.
Since 2014, NAG has been running the mobile health Clinic. It is registered as the NAWA ASHA GRIHA CLINIC with the Nepali health ministry. With a small team of one doctor (Dr. Raju Khatiwada), one head nurse (Sang Dolma Lama) and three junior nurses, the small NAG Clinic situated within NAG provides medical help to all of its students as well as the community. With our 4-wheel Jeep, the NAG clinic team visits remote villages in Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk. There, it provides basic medical help and teaches the locals about hygiene and family planning. After the earthquake in 2015, the nurses and doctor went out to help where they could. During the Covid-19 pandemic the clinic has not only taken care of all the children in the home but has also been supporting the local isolation centers with medicine, safety equipment, food and oxygen. Due to the very difficult situation in Nepal at this very moment, we are running a small ambulance service for the isolation wards in Tokha and other places.
NAG Update from May 14, 2021:
Nepal has been back in lockdown now since 29 April 2021. Just like India the second wave has hit Nepal very hard. The hospitals are all full, Nepal has run out of oxygen and medication. The healthcare system has failed. Private hospitals are not taking Covid patents. The Numbers are going up fast.
After fighting it for over a year, Covid made it inside NAG. Strange enough it got into NAG while the older students and staff went for the Chinese Vaccine on April 26. It snuck in and on the 5th of May, we had the first positive case. On the 7th of May we tested every one inside NAG. We have 19 who tested positive. They are now in the school area for isolation. Our NAG Clinic team are doing a great job looking after everyone. Most have very mild symptoms and are recovering fast. The good news is that 81 of us have at least had our first Vaccine shot.
Our NAG Clinic is now also busy helping opening up Isolation centers (actually Surge Centers) trying to keep people from overflowing the hospitals. We organize Oxygen, get medicine, driving our Heidi as an ambulance and try to find doctors etc.
We have teamed up with great groups of private professionals (activists, doctors, engineers etc.) who are working hard to save as many lives as possible. As the Government fight amongst each other and seem to have given up, the people of Nepal have not and are doing their best to help each other. I am also impressed with the Mayors and ward chiefs of Tokha and Budhanilkantha who are opening up isolation centers and trying to help their people even while lacking oxygen.
NAG is now starting to contact all day students to find out how their food situation is. We will be going around giving out the necessities to get through the lockdown.
This is a difficult time but we have a great team here and like all the other times get through this.
Lots of Love from all your NAGers ♥️
Due to the new Covid-19 outbreak in Nepal, NAG organized tests for the children and staff.
Dr. Raju Khatiwada in front of the clinic’s jeep.
Ambulance transport by NAG. The ambulance driver, Suman, is wearing a protective suit.
The distribution of all the supplies is planned by Gyanendra Sir (school’s principal), Sang Dolma (NAG clinic’s head nurse), Nicole Thakuri and Raju Khatiwada (NAG clinic’s doctor).
Box filled with emergency supplies is ready to go!
Suman waiting for his next transport drive to an isolation ward.
The pick-up is being loaded with oxygen filled cylinders to be transported to the isolation units or desperate individuals.
With the new month, the warm weather started to arrive in March. Classes continued as per usual with the day scholars and kids living in NAG back in their classes. Safety measures are still being taken as the vaccine has not been available to us yet. Teachers will hopefully be getting their vaccine soon in order to ensure their safety against the Covid 19 virus. In other news the graduates of grade 10 and 12 finally got to celebrate their achievement with a special event organised by the upcoming grade 10 and 12. The celebration took place with wonderful performances and special food as well as a small gift for each graduate and their teachers. It was a special moment to finally be able to celebrate after a year of being in lockdown. The festival of colour “Holi” also brought some laughs as we celebrated it with eco friendly colour instead of the normal tika powder which pollutes the water. The festival was also celebrated with special food and a t-shirt painting competition as well as a disco for everyone. It was a great time to let loose and have some fun within NAG while still staying safe from the outside. Despite the difficult circumstances, we take our chance to celebrate the victories and the festivals while the hope of the vaccine remains just within our reach.