This National Poetry Day, we’re delighted to be celebrating with poetry lover and long-time friend of Kidasha, Jeremy Irons.
As one of the most powerful forms of expression, we’re using poetry to shed light on some of the greatest challenges faced by the children and families we work with in Nepal. For them, the ongoing pandemic poses not only a health risk, but the threat of widespread economic collapse and irrevocable damage to their lives.
And so to raise awareness of the uphill battle we continue to face under life in a global pandemic, and remind us to hold onto the hope we need to overcome them, Jeremy will today kindly be reading Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye.
You can watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/463892634.
We know from our work in the region that the impact of COVID-19 will be long-lasting and wide-reaching. Thousands of families have already lost their livelihoods and - with virtually no income or government support - have been pushed further into a life of extreme poverty. For children, this brings the added threat of trafficking, child marriage, child labour and other forms of abuse and exploitation.
To give them a chance of survival, we urgently need your support. We hope that Jeremy’s reading brought you some relief amidst the chaos, and kindly ask for your support to fund our COVID-recovery efforts. With your help, we can:
Provide immediate food and hygiene materials to the most vulnerable families
Support the rehabilitation of street-connected children and victims of exploitation by providing counselling, guidance and a safe place to sleep
Help families access new livelihood opportunities
Offer community based classes in slum areas
Support children and families in obtaining justice and compensation for exploitation and child labour
Facilitating community based classes in slum areas until schools re-open
Every donation, no matter the size, has the potential to save lives and provide a vulnerable child the opportunity of a better future.
No one should have to navigate this pandemic alone, and this National Poetry Day we’re calling on those who have the means to do so, to reach out and lend a helping hand.