Eight days after Nepal went into a nationwide COVID 19 lockdown, RAP3 MHLR field staff were finally evacuated and are now all safely home with their families. Due to the essential lockdown of Nepal, our teams found themselves locked down in various locations across our project, and unable to return to their families. As the lockdown is expected to be extended further, our staff in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Mugu coordinated with various CDOs and local government to obtain the movement pass for RAP3 MHLR vehicles in order to send our field staff to their home in different parts of the country. Referring to the 3-day permission given by the Ministry of Home Affairs from 29 March to 31 March 2020, project vehicles from Kathmandu travelled to Salyan, Surkhet and West Rukum for the repatriation of field staff, including staff who had managed to travel from Mugu and Humla.
This is a challenging situation and as a project we are committed to respecting the lockdown and social distancing first and foremost. However, we are also very thankful to the government and all those involved in helping us during this difficult time to allow us to safely evacuate our field staff from various districts and get them home to their families.
We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these difficult times. We encourage you to remain in your homes, only to leave for essential shopping and emergencies.