Newsletter| July-August, 2020
According to behavioural science, it takes three months to adopt a new habit,. So, as we enter our eight month of working remotely, we could say that this is our habitual way of working, however tough this may be! The pandemic has taken different shapes in different countries and we are not able to predict the medium term for Nepal. The first wave of infection in May that affected many rural districts, especially in Terai, is now followed by a second wave that is affecting Kathmandu Valley. How long will it last? How fast will it spread? How will the health system cope? This is the uncertainty that we need to live with.
As Oxfam staff, we feel the frustration of not being able to meet community members and partner organizations, but we are also very proud and uplifted to know that our long term partnerships with civil society organisations in districts across the country has allowed our regular projects to pick up when the lockdown was lifted and for our COVID response to continue smootly. Through these pages, you will discover how we have been able to facilitate crucial support to communities affected by COVID and by the lockdown and to participate in the prevention of further transmission.
During this period, our team has also evolved with many new members joining, in the backdrop of a new country strategy and operational plan.
Globally and in Nepal, we have also continued to advocate for a stronger focus on addressing inequality during this pandemic, as all indicators point to an acceleration of poverty across the globe.
I would like to thank you all for your support, contribution and interest in the cause that Oxfam defends.
And as we enter the period of Dasain and Tihar, I want to wish you all a relaxing and joyful time with your family, whilst staying safe and protected from the virus.