Club President Elect and Chair of our Regional Programme Action Committee Eleanor Evans had invited Philip Holmes, of Empowering Girls in Nepal, to be our guest speaker.
Some 57 of us were on line to spend an hour with Philip, who gave us a great overview of the project and how and why he began working with children in Nepal. He also brought us up to date with how the Covid19 pandemic lockdown has affected the project, and the people of Nepal.
The country has been in lockdown since 24 March and cases are still increasing. Consequently over the past three months it has not been possible for any work to be done in Nepal. No rescue work has been able to be carried out, but cross border trafficking has slowed as the borders are closed. Of particularly major concern is that most of the male working population in the South East of Nepal are migrant workers and are away working in India. Now many of them are unable to return to their homes because of fears of spreading the virus, so their womenfolk and families are left in Nepal without a source of income, hungry and alone.
There was time for a range of questions and several new ideas were suggested on ways we can give further support to the project, especially in these difficult times.
The full meeting was recorded and is available for Club members to view at the Salisbury Members’ Section.
Thanks to Philip for giving his time to speak to us and to Eleanor for organising!