Nepal re-emerges from lockdown while Little Sisters continue their remarkable achievements
Nepal was hit with a massive second wave of COVID this spring. This has been simply devastating to a country with high rates of poverty and low rates of vaccination. Currently less than 10% of the population in Nepal has received even one shot of a COVID vaccine, less than 4% are fully vaccinated. Nepal is just now emerging from another months-long countrywide lockdown that has disrupted schools, public transportation, employment and access to healthcare resources.
LSF remains committed to helping in any way we can. This support includes the purchase of an oxygen concentrator for a rural health clinic; distributing mask and soap to all Little Sisters and their families; teaching COVID prevention measures such as mask wearing, social distancing and proper hand washing; and providing financial assistance so Little Sisters’ families can put food on the table.
In addition to these efforts targeted toward Little Sisters and their families, LSF also developed and is in the process of distributing COVID awareness and prevention banners to all schools attended by Little Sisters. These banners emphasize the importance of washing hands, wearing masks, avoiding large crowds, social distancing and staying home when sick. They are posted in prominent places within and outside of the schools where all students, families and community members will be able to see them. They were produced in both English and Nepali.
Our hope is that these banners will encourage socially-responsible behavior that will help keep everyone safe and healthy as Nepal emerges from lockdown knowing they still have a long way to go to win their battle against COVID.
We sincerely hope all is well with you and your loved ones! We are forever grateful for your support of the Little Sisters in Nepal!
Congratulations Little Sisters Grads!
Little Sisters are excelling in amazing ways as we see more and more graduates pursue higher education. In fact, over 95% of our 2020 graduates enrolled in higher education. As we celebrate those Little Sisters who have beaten the odds and graduated from high school, we are also thrilled to celebrate as past LSF graduates move on to become college graduates. These five Little Sisters represent a much larger trend and we can’t say enough about their hard work and determination to not only change the trajectory of their lives but also to inspire current Little Sisters to achieve their dreams of education at the highest levels.
Susmita graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Manisha with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Asian University for Women. Mamata also graduated from Asian University for Women with a bachelors degree in Public Health. Benajil and Puja graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, respectively.
New Little Sister Profile: Susma
Four months ago tragedy struck Susma’s family when her older sister came down with scrub typhus. Her parents, who are educated and hard working, did everything they could to save their daughter including using all of their savings to pay for treatments. Unfortunately, Susma’s sister passed away. As the COVID pandemic and lockdowns continued in Nepal, Susma’s parents struggled to fulfill the basic needs of their family and were planning to take Susma out of school. When her parents heard about LSF they were overjoyed to learn their daughter would be able to continue her education.
Susma, a 2nd grader, is a very sweet girl who loves to go to school. She is currently taking online classes but can’t wait to go back to school in-person so she can see her friends. She spends time each day studying and doing household chores. Susma wants to be a teacher when she grows up. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring Susma, or another Little Sister and becoming an important role model and pen pal in her life, please reach out to Trevor at [email protected].
Tell us your LSF Story
Do you have an LSF story to tell? Have you ever traveled to Nepal? Have you met the Little Sister you have sponsored? Why did you first choose to support LSF? What has supporting LSF meant to you?
We’d love to hear your story! Please send your thoughts to us via email at [email protected]. Feel free to send a photo if you’d like! We know all of the work we do would not be possible without incredibly generous donors like you and we’d love to feature your LSF story on social media or in an upcoming publication such as our newsletter, annual report, brochure or new donor package.
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