A thank you letter from Down Syndrome Association of Nepal
Down Syndrome Australia (DSA) Deputy Chair and President of Down Syndrome Northern Territory (DSANT) Grant Lindsay appealed to festival goers at the Territory Jazz N Blues Festival to donate to the Down Syndrome Association of Nepal (DSAN) for support after devestating earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May 2015.
Dr Lalita Joshi, President of DSAN has written a thank you letter to Grant Lindsay and DSANT for their support during such a difficult time. We have republised it below.
Greetings. I am sending a short account of activity done and proposed ones for your information. We have spent NRs 52,000 /-approx [approximately AUD $677].
Background of Nepal earthquake
Devastating earthquake hit our country on 25th April 2015 with 2nd aftershock on 12th May affecting 30 out of 75 districts.
The hardest hit districts reported were Sindupalchowk, Gorkha, Dhading, Raswa, Kavre, Nuvakot, Dolkha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktpur, Ramechhap. All these areas are populated by various indigenous groups.
Now as life is coming back to normal and relief needs have been met to some extent with national/international help, thanks to it. Our concern now is to look into the ignored long term sustainable development of society and help people both family and children with Down syndrome to regain means of livelihood, e.g. small vegetable farming, local sweet making and also look for market to the produce.
Last Saturday 8th August we went to Lalitpur district, Godavari and conducted a program for children with DS mainly (26) and other disabilities (5) in a daycare run by women with disabilities. To boost the morale of family and child and also create awareness about DS and the need for literacy, DSAN distributed educational and daily use items along with uniform to children. We had interaction with parents and others about their experience when earthquake struck and what they did and should have been done. In the end children enjoyed a wholesome meal.
We will keep you updated of further activities. Thanks to DSANT for your help.
Dr Lalita Joshi
If you would like to make a donation to Down Syndrome Association of Nepal, visit the donation page on their website. You can also volunteer with them. Alternatively, you can make a donation to Down Syndrome Association of Nepal via the Down Syndrome Australia donate page. Just make a note that you would like your donation to be forwarded to Nepal.Back to News