Even if Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai is harshly criticized
by the opposition parties and his own base, no one can deny that he
would not have been able to make a difference in his six-month term
in office. Baburam Bhattarai is an intelligent, incorruptible politician
who has a genuine vision of his country's future and does everything
he can to make it a reality. Nepal is trapped between India and China,
and the Prime Minister skillfully negotiates with the two fast-growing
major powers so that his country can participate in this development
to the best of its ability. Finally, the financial injections of the
United States, European countries or the International Monetary Fund
are being used in large-scale projects, and the fight against domestic
corruption is now a priority. Roads and bridges are being built everywhere,
and the Nepalese, who are currently the majority of the country's population,
are being built.
If everything goes well, we can expect electricity to be produced by
large hydroelectric power stations in a few years' time. In the Kathmandu
valley alone, which has a road network of 500 km, 500 km of roads are
being extended and newly built. For this, many of the houses on the
roadside have to be destroyed and their owners compensated. However,
the tens of thousands of people from the Siums, who have occupied government
land for 30 years and often built houses there, are offered only 150
€ per family to leave their settlements. That's a ridiculous sum
they feel like a slap in the face. Those who have brought the Prime
Minister's party to power feel unjustly treated and demonstrate as soon
as the government publishes a new date in the newspaper for the destruction
of the slums. The situation is protracted, but the inhabitants of the
slums still believe that they will win against the state apparatus.
Most of the hut settlements are located on the banks of the city's rivers,
and their inhabitants simply ignore how the giant bridges grow over
their heads. No one can predict when the government will suddenly send
their bulldozers to "wipe out the tin huts and houses."
We adapt to the circumstances: In "our" slum of Banshigat,
childcare, education classes and our nutrition program will be continued.
Despite the insecure situation, we have set up a health center in a
larger slum settlement for around € 1000, which has about 10,000
people. Muna, who now holds her diploma as a health assistant, and Sija
examine children, women and old people and distribute medicines free
of charge. Muna accompanies the people who need it to the hospital.
Amit, 17, was amputated because of cancer of the right arm; he is now
being prepared by "our" two young women through strict physiotherapy
for an arm prosthesis. It is the lack of money, but also the ignorance
of parents who often put their children in hopeless situations. Riya
was a very good student a year ago. Suddenly she complained about very
strong headaches and could not go to school anymore. Only after four
weeks when she collapsed did her mother take her to the hospital. The
diagnosis: an acute meningitis that had completely destroyed the girl's
brain. She is now being fed at home in a dirty room by a feeding tube,
and her chances of survival are zero.
There's also Saugat, who desperately needs a kidney. His father refuses
to give him one. His mother would like to do it, but her husband and
family forbid her to do it because she works on construction sites every
day and feeds the extended family. Saugat will also die.
All these cases are unbearable for us because the parents are directly
responsible for the misfortunes of their children. Providing material
help is not difficult, but we are helpless against the incredible mental
and psychological poverty of adults. Many Nepalese are diabetic and
ignore the doctors' dietary recommendations and insulin prescription.
"We don't have any money for that," they say, just keep saying...
80% of children under 10 months old have anemia. In remote regions,
people are starving. In addition, the government's recent order to sow
genetically modified maize, which promised a richer harvest, produced
giant maize perennials last March, but the ripe cobs did not carry a
Suicide is also a plague in Nepal, where it is the most common cause
of death for women of childbearing age. The number of deaths increases
every year. The inability to bear sons and thus be condemned and condemned
by society, poverty, the inability to pay their children's school fees
and the violence of men make women dull, depressed and incapable of
responding to emergencies. Now it is Sijas and Munas job to do as much
enlightenment as possible. Through her studies, Muna is entitled to
administer the three-month injection, which is intended to protect women
from a new pregnancy. Unfortunately, most people do not tolerate this
dangerous method of contraception. Distributing the pill is pointless
because women keep forgetting to take it, and condoms are rejected by
most men? Sija and Muna are not only working in the health station,
but they are also organizing a duty roster that will allow us to reach
more people in need in other slums. While the Prime Minister is working
on modernizing his country, the people are still being forgotten.
Without organizations such as ours, the poor would be completely helpless
and left alone. Once again many thanks to all of you who support this
support so faithfully! We will be back with news from Kathmandu at the
beginning of September.