July 8 2020

[A day in the shoes of] a program coordinator in Nepal

Rajnandan Yadav has been the coordinator of Karuna-Shechen health programs in Nepal since 2014. Today he talks about his activities and how the #COVID19 crisis is affecting his work. 

Rajnandan Yadav is Nepalese and a father of three children He lives in his family home in the Mahottari district, an area very close to the Indian border. He is the only one who receives a salary in his family and at the same time takes care of his parents. Thanks to this salary, his children are all going to school and have the chance to get a college diploma.

What is his role at Karuna-Shechen?

Rajnandan Yadav has been working with Karuna-Shechen since 2014 as coordinator of health projects. He works for the Better Health Better Future project, among other things. This programme includes preventive actions on child malnutrition, pelvic prolapse and local social security, which is sometimes not well known, so that the inhabitants can claim their right to obtain it.

“In 2002, I started working as a field assistant for an NGO working to eradicate malaria in my region. I was young at the time and I felt really inspired to help the people in my community. In 2004, I met a member of theCommunity Family Welfare Association [CFWA a partner association of Karuna-Shechen. After a few exchanges, I was motivated to join their organization. Since 2014, I have the chance to work for Karuna-Shechen’s health programmes.

TheCommunity Family Welfare Association is a partner organisation of Karuna-Shechen in charge of health projects. As a coordinator, Rajnandan plays the essential role of relay between the assisted communities and our organization. He trains the villagers in new projects, organizes group work meetings and helps women selected to be “village motivators” to play their role as project leaders. Rajnandan plans the actions, carries out the follow-up reports and coordinates the day-to-day actions. The project focuses on empowering the beneficiary communities from the expression of their needs to the implementation of solutions: this is made possible thanks to our coordinators, who are essential links in this chain of solidarity!

Coronavirus: the intervention of our teams on the spot

Since the reopening of our activities in Nepal at the end of the lockdown on June 14, the daily lives of our employees have changed.

“The lockdown has affected many people in different ways, but it has particularly affected day labourers, pregnant women and women who have just given birth, as well as the elderly, as they do not have access to the food and medicines they need.. This is particularly true in Janakpur and in the areas where we carry out our projects. As we cannot help everyone, we have targeted pregnant women and those recovering from pregnancy. I feel very inspired to do this, because the communities will also greatly appreciate our help.”

Rajnandan is part of the Karuna-Shechen teams that go directly to the field to distribute medical kits and do prevention. It is thanks to these teams that we can help our beneficiaries. One day consists of going on site, taking the measure of the situation and above all, carrying out the distribution of hygiene and nutrition kits for pregnant women, or to feed a family of 5 people for 1 month. For more information on the content of these kits, click here.

“During the implementation of this relief activity, we make sure that the health of our staff is not compromised. We all wear masks and gloves, and maintain a safe distance from the beneficiaries.”

By adopting a behavior that emphasizes safety, the Karuna-Shechen teams are also demonstrating the barrier gestures that must be followed in order to stem the spread of the virus, especially in rural areas.

You can empower Rajnandan to do his job and continue to help the local population in the face of the Covid crisis.

“Never think: ‘other people’s suffering is not my business’. Don’t blame yourself for not doing what is beyond your strength, but blame yourself for looking away when you can act.”~ Matthieu Ricard, In search of Wisdom