Behind the headlines and new reality brought about by coronavirus, countries like Nepal are continuing to respond to the growing healthcare needs of their poorest communities. As we all consider how we can ‘build back better’, I’m thrilled to announce that the UK government is matching donations, pound for pound, until 19th February 2021 as we launch the ‘Every Girl Matters’ appeal for Nepal.
COVID-19 has kept school doors closed and classrooms empty since March of this year. However, before lockdown closed schools there were other obstacles keeping children from the classroom, especially girls. One such obstacle is the burden of care left to girls when sickness and poverty are met without access to quality healthcare and essential medicines.
Sunita is one such girl. The opportunity of education and hope for a brighter future were all but extinguished as she took up the mantle of care for both her mother and father. Thankfully, with support from EMMS International’s partner, Green Pastures Hospital, they received the care they needed at home and in the hospital. With this support and some further encouragement, Sunita was able to return to school. She’s determined to get the qualifications she needs to go on to college and fulfil her own dreams for the future.
Your support of the Every Girl Matters appeal will mean girls like Sunita are surrounded by a community of care. Trained healthcare workers, special support from schools, dedicated welfare officers, community health volunteers and improved hospital services will provide quality care close to home for those who need it. As a result, girls like Sunita can return to school knowing their loved ones are getting the care they deserve.
From Malawi to Nepal
On two previous occasions, you’ve rallied behind the opportunity of match-funding from the UK government. Through the Sunday’s Child and Every Life Matters appeals, your matched donations have improved care for people in Malawi. This means quality care, nutritional support and essential medications are available to those who need them most.
The latest edition of the Global Atlas of Palliative Care ranks Malawi at the highest level for the integration of palliative care within national health systems. While there is much to be done to build the capacity and reach of Malawi’s health system, care for those with a life-limiting illness is now a part of the fabric of the country’s healthcare. Nepal has only isolated palliative care provision and that’s why we’re asking for your support.
Act now. Your donation doubled.
Give today to help lift the burden of care and show that every girl matters. Until 19th February 2021, your donation will be matched, pound for pound, by the UK government to show more girls that their lives matter. Visit www.emms.org/everygirl for more information to help you get your family, church and groups involved. There are ideas and resources for activities suitable for current coronavirus restrictions.