My friend Prem Bahadur Kunwar from Karma Flights is running a Covid-19 Food relief distribution program for trekking guides and porters in Nepal and needs urgent support.
Here is some more about the situation from Prem:
"Karma Flights and its social enterprises are committed to helping others during the pandemic. Especially the guides, porters and villagers who are the pillars of our community. They are an essential part of our work; what we do could not happen without them. Nepal has been dramatically affected by the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dealing with the most devastating global pandemic of our lifetimes. Our communities are at risk in ways that we never could have anticipated that this virus is impacting our lives in so many ways. It has been over 2 months since the lockdown began. And it should have been a busy trekking season, but no tourists are permitted to move within the country. As a result, those whose careers consist of mountain trekking and guiding need your help. Once we loose these guides, it will be hard for the industry to recover.
Many local families are at a big risk of COVID-19 infection and hunger. They are going through the most challenging of times. They are hoping for urgent support that will save them from extreme poverty.
Right now all our guides and porters are jobless due to corona and they have family members relying on them.
People are also thinking about the future as it is very grey at the moment. There is no way to know how long the lockdown will last, but with the way things are going, it does not seem like things will return to normal anytime soon.
It can be many months before the guides and porters receive an income again and can feed their family and take care of their children’s education. "
Please help support the guides and porters in their time of need as they have helped so many countless visitors to enjoy Nepal safely over the years.