Where all the communities are tying up and raising hand to fight with COVID-19, Nepalese Organisation in Australia NRNA has issued press release for Nepalese in Australia to help Nepalese as much as possible and provide further assistance to mainly students with food and other necessary help.
Press Release by NRNA Australia
Following Australian government’s travel ban and self-isolation directives to control spread of COVID-19 pandemic everyone in the community is affected. It has changed the way we live. NRNA Australia is very concerned about well being of our community members especially International students and parents in visitor visa.
Considering such difficulty and adversity NRNA Australia has created Community Response Taskforce in each State and Territory. State Coordinators will decide on taskforce members. Nationally it will be coordinated by Public Officer Komal Raj Pathak. NRNA Australia Help Line and Facebook group will be activated. Spokesperson Nanda Gurung will be in-charge of the Help Line.
There is a need of greater collaboration among Embassy, Consulate offices, community organizations, businesses and sporting organizations. To reach a broader consensus we are organizing national discussion with stakeholders this Sunday. We will discuss more in the meeting about possible measures of support. Additionally, we are open for volunteer support to broader Australian communities.
Following support will be available from Monday 23 March 2020.
1. We will help Nepalese international students with food supply for 30 days. To be eligible for such assistance students must meet following criteria
a. be recent arrival and
b. be unemployed and
c. be in self-isolation and
d. be someone with no family support locally
e. inform Nepal Embassy or Office of Consulate General in that state
2. We will also support other Nepali community members and provide food for 15 days to those who are in severe financial hardships and in self-isolation.
3. We will also provide volunteers for Australian communities. State Coordinators to liaise with local Australian communities to arrange this.
4. National crisis forum will be organized at 4 pm Sunday with Nepali Embassy in Canberra, all Nepali community organizations in Australia, community and business leader via video conferencing to discuss and decide on measures we can take community response to this crisis.
- The assistance package will be decided, determined and coordinated by relevant State Coordinators of respective State Council.
6. All assistance must be referred and verified by NRNA Australia State team or Embassy of Nepal or Consulate General of each states.
Those needing such support should call our Help Line 1800 954 540 they will be directed to relevant state teams.
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