This has been an amazing year despite all the challenges Covid 19 has brought .The generosity of so many along with the local Nepali government has resulted in the fabric of the hospital being completed and at the curent time the interior is now progressing well.
What a transformation from last year .We are looking forward to 2021 and to see this hospital completed . We will keep you posted .
.We are delighted to say that the craft fare at the Royal William Yard went very well. We raised over £400 over the weekend. Friday was very stormy but fortunately for us the sun came out on the Saturday and Sunday. The number of visitors this year was well below previous years due to the on going COVID restrictions, but many friends came to support us. We must thank the Ocean café for allowing us to have our display outside their premises and being such a good source of hot tea. Thanks also to all those who donated such a variety of art work to go along side the knitted trees. Of course a very big thank you to Martin Storey for giving us permission to use his delightful knitting pattern which was the main draw for this event . We have a few items left and hope to do a small Christmas event later- we will keep you posted.
As the winter approaches and this virus is still making its mark we have heard of two cases at the hospital in Garambeshi. We are thankful to God both are mild but please continue to remember this community in your prayers.
Tree garland pattern 'easy fairisle knits' Rowan isbn 978-1-907544-87-3
It has been confirmed the Art weekend is going ahead. We would love to see you at the Ocean Café, Royal William Yard some time over this weekend. The Tree garlands will be on sale along with some individual ones and other arty creations. All to be sold in aid of the Hospital in Garambeshi.
This is the start of the new road to the Hospital
Governtment officials visiting the site.
Napal is experiencing a particularly harsh rainy seaon .We understand that this area is not so badly effected as some . The loss of life this year is 3 times what it was last year .Please continue to remember this country in your prayers as they battle with the consequences of this seasons monsoon and with more rain on the way .
Great news from Dr shiva the local government has agreed to give the allocated amout for this financial year of 31,00,000rupes £20,447.09.Many prayers have been answered.So the building continues to take shape.
I rather like the blue table .
Latest photographs from Garambeshi. The four walls are nearly in place . A bit of gardening may need doing at some point .
The local authority has agreed enough money to complete the hospital building . This will not include the interior or the road to the hospital but it is such wonderful news .Fundraising will continue in order to complete the hospital and equip it. The constuction workers have arrived on site despite poor weather conditions and a bridge being washed away . A huge thank you to all who have donated as you have helped to make this happen .The two photographs below were sent today as the construction workers commenced work .
A Big Thank You to everyone who has continued to support the work of SAHODAR through prayer and giving during the time of Lockdown.
We are now able to share a photo of the completed church/community building, all freshly painted. You may notice the shoe racks on either side of the door for people to leave their footwear before entering.
The building has only been used once so far; the COVID-19 Lockdown has since prevented people from meeting in groups, but we will hopefully see pictures of it being used, once the crisis has passed.
While we have not been able to have any fundraising activities involving groups of people meeting up, we have continued to sell ‘virtual bricks’ and also had a Lent Challenge on Facebook, encouraging people to give whatever they would usually spend on the ‘treats’ they were giving up for that period.
We have also been enlisting the creative skills of some of our supporters to knit Christmas Tree Bunting - intended to be displayed and sold at an event at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth, on 25th-27th September. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved.
The craft fair we were planning for July has been put on hold for now, but we are considering alternative ways of selling work on-line.
Since the completion of the church/community building in March, we have been able to send a further £12,840 towards the hospital build - over halfway to our original target of £23,000. Amazing! This amount will be doubled with the Nepali Government match funding. Additional funding for salaries amounting to £4,325 has also been sent this year.
The need for better health provision in Garambesi has never been greater; Dr Shiva and his team continue to serve the local community as best they can with the existing facilities until the new build can be continued.
Thank you once again for your interest and support,
From the SUK Trustees
Bank Transfers can be made to: SAHODAR UK, Sort Code:56-00-63, Account :38418940
Cheques are payable to SAHODAR UK and can be sent to 8 Forder Heights, Plymouth, PL6 5PZ
Online giving at: www.sahodaruk.org
If you would like to give specifically for the hospital build in 2020, please earmark your gift ‘Bricks’ so we know it is for this purpose.
Remember - Gift Aiding your donation can add an extra 25% value to your gift!
Another way of giving at no extra cost to you when you make purchases from Amazon is by registering at smile.amazon.co.uk and selecting Sahodar UK as your benefitting charity - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total value of qualifying orders. We’ve received £26 through this scheme already this year!
A big thank you for the generous gifts still arriving in such difficult cicumstances . We have £11,781.16 towards the hospital building . A further gift has also enabled Sahodar to help with wages. Although the number of Covid 19 cases in Nepal have not been particularly high at this stage, there is limited travel, as the country, in following others is resticting movement to contain what cases they have. Dr Shiva is separated from his family as he cares for the Garambeshi comunity. The Hospital is coping with the number of patients who present with a fever and as yet they have had no one with the Covid 19 virus. There is some concern as they lack PPE (personal protective equipment) for their staff.
Over here we are continuing with our tree knitting. Well done Barbara! (See below). The pattern is available from Becky, Holly or me if you wish to have a go .