Update regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Foundation Operations
For the past few weeks, the Rukmini Foundation team in Nepal has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 throughout the world, and despite the low number of known cases in the country, to ensure the safety of the community and our team, we have decided to cancel all planned activities in March and will reconsider our next steps towards the end of the month.
March has always been a very important month for us because not only do we celebrate International Women’s Day every March, but it is also an important month for students coming close to high school graduation. However, the safety of our community and team is paramount, so we are not only cancelling programs, but also advising our staff to avoid coming into the office unless absolutely necessary.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and consult all available resources to determine our next steps. In the meantime, we are also working to help provide reliable information about what the community can do to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. Even in a pandemic, education is still one of the most powerful weapons. In the last week, our team visited various villages as well as businesses to distribute pamphlets to educate the community about what the Coronavirus is, what preventive steps they can take, and what they should do in case if they see symptoms.
LitClub Mentor, Shreejana Didi talks about Coronavirus and what the students should (and should not) do[/caption]
Although the reported number of cases is low at the moment, the Foundation is working to ensure that the community remains vigilant. We all have to take the appropriate steps to prevent and reduce the spread of this disease so that our families and communities are safe, especially the most vulnerable.
We appreciate the continued support of all of our supporters, our volunteers and especially our dedicated staff.
Bibhuti Aryal – President, Rukmini Foundation
Usha Adhikari – Executive Director, Rukmini Pratisthan