Yosa Guragain, a member of a local women’s volunteer club in Itahari, believes that her community’s food bank has become a self-sustaining cycle for relief during the lockdown for some 650 local families.
“Us volunteers just serve as the link between those who want to help and those who are in need,” she explained. “And the assistance is self-sustaining because it is local, and the better off are willing to help struggling families as long as the need is there.”
The slogan ‘हुनेले दिएर जाऔं, नहुनेले लिएर जाऔं’ and the altruistic concept has gone viral, as it were, because young Nepalis across the country who want to help have latched on to the idea. Recently, local groups in Baglung, Bara, and Palpa have also established food banks by mobilising local donors.
The Baglung Kalika Leo Club assisted 300 families for five days, and in Palpa’s Rampur Municipality youth clubs raised money and food to provide for 500 families. “Those with enough food at home helped those who did not have enough, and the local government also chipped in,” said Homanth Neupane of Rampur Municipality.
Indeed, in many places local governments and elected representatives have been forced to also set up food banks after seeing the young people in their locality spring spontaneously into action.
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