NAFA is an entirely volunteer-run, Australia-based international aid organisation that has supported education, health, disability, childcare and economic development projects in Nepal since it was formed in 1989.
In 2020, NAFA allocated $78,202 towards eleven ongoing education, health, disability and child care programs. NAFA also allocated $13,902 to purchase Covid-19 personal protective equipment, supplies and provide additional support e.g. food packages for six NAFA funded partners, a school and local community in Thimi, people with a disability in Pokhara and an organisation supporting front-line health workers.
Significantly, NAFA has partnered with three like-minded philanthropists, who have contributed $62,691 in support of NAFA projects in Nepal that focussed on the development and sustainability of an agricultural cooperative supporting farmers in five remote villages.
Australia is starting to see some welcome relief from the discomforts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not yet free from the dangers of infectious spread or new strains of the virus, but the outlook appears more favourable than it has done for much of the year.
Nepal however, continues its battle with the virus. According to reports, there are currently around 250 new positive cases per day and the COVID-related death toll now stands at 11,500. The vaccination rate continues to improve, currently estimated at around 30%, but the overall situation remains alarming.