Emergency Relief Support to Bankariya Community
Today the world has been suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our country Nepal also has not been left behind of COVID -19. The government of Nepal has locked down the nation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since March 17. There are corona virus cases 52 and recovered 16 in Nepal till to-date.
The life of daily wage workers / laborers has affected due to lockdown. In this context, the Bankariyas, endangered indigenous peoples who only found in Manahari Rural Municipality-4, Mushedhap, Makawanpur district of Nepal are seriously affected in their living life by lockdown. The total population of Bankariya is 86 and they are 21 households.
The government provides NPR 2000.00 per month for each as social security allowance under the social security system. This amount is not enough for their livelihood. Therefore, they collect roots and tubers, fruits as food and works as daily wage laborer in surrounding villages and towns to earn for their living which has adversely affected by the lockdown. They are now deprived of their source of income. The local authority has not provided the social security allowance due to lockdown.
So, the Bankariyas living life is in miserable condition, National Indigenous Women Forum has distributed some essential foods for them on 22nd April, 2020. With support of MADRE 1 sack rice of 30 kg, pulse 2kg, 2 packets salt, 2 liters cooking oil, 10 pieces soap per household and distributed 50 kg beaten rice among them as emergency relief support.
NIWF has distributed this emergency relief support with the coordination of Manahari Rural Municipality.