GAA Relief Committee 2021

The objective of the GAA relief committee is to provide immediate assistance to the needy during natural disasters and now during pandemic as well. The relief committee also wants to provide long term assistance to the needy and vulnerable groups.

The relief committee has further subcommittees headed by members of the Executive Committee: All interested GAA members are encouraged to apply to be a member of each of the subcommittees. Please send your information to info@gaa.org.np

  1. GAA Soup Kitchen Subcommittee (Tripti Thapa & Khusboo Pradhan)
  2. GAA Food Bank Subcommittee (Prakash Shrestha & Sikandar Thapa)
  3. GAA Clothes Bank Subcommittee (Tripti Thapa & Khushboo Pradhan)
  4. GAA Health Services Subcommittee (Dr. Shirish KC & Iman Bikram Shah)

1. GAA Soup Kitchen Subcommittee

The objective of the GAA Soup Kitchen (GSK) Subcommittee is to provide hot meals, food ration packages to the needy, vulnerable and marginalized groups, primarily in Thamel area, Ward No.26, Kathmandu Metropolitan City and its neighboring communities. In times of natural disasters, the subcommittee may provide assistance to the needy across the country.

Short-term assistance:
A. Hot Meals

The GAA Soup Kitchen will provide hot meals to frontline workers working in Thamel area. For the first month, beginning May 24th, 2021. We will providing ‘khaja’ to traffic police personnel, sanitation workers and needy senior citizens in our local community, here at Thamel in coordination with the local ward 26 and Thamel Tourism Development Council. (TTDC).

The number of recipients of the hot meals: 50.

We have also hired a local community member from Bhagwan Bahal, Thamel to provide us the daily hot meals at Rs 60 per packet. Our monthly budget for the hot meals program for now is Rs 90,000. We plan to expand the number of recipients in the coming weeks depending on our fundraising efforts. We also plan to provide hot meals to daily wage workers and the needy around the Kathmandu Valley in the next phase.

B. Food Ration Package

The GAA Soup Kitchen will provide food ration packages to single mothers and their families living in the teku slums. We have already identified 10 families in coordination with our local partner, Guthi.

The number of recipients of the food ration packages: 10 families . The monthly budget for this program is Rs 40,000.

C. Egg Program

The GAA Soup Kitchen will provide boxes of eggs to frontline workers as well as other social institutions running daily hot meals program for daily wage workers and the needy in Kathmandu Valley.

Our monthly budget is Rs 40,000.

Estimated Monthly Budget for short-term assistance from the GAA Soup Kitchen is Rs 2,00,000.00 (Two lakhs per month):

  1. Hot Meals - Rs 90,000
  2. Food Ration Packages – Rs 40,000
  3. Egg Program – Rs 40,000
  4. Volunteer Expenses – Rs 20,000
  5. Transportation – Rs 10,000
Estimated Monthly Budget : Rs 2,00,000 (Two lakhs)
Long Term Assistance:

The GAA Soup Kitchen plans to have an in-house kitchen in GAA to provide hot meals to the needy and the vulnerable on a long-term basis after the pandemic is over. The main recipients will be the most vulnerable communities such as the needy, sex workers, transgender community and street children who are exploited in Thamel area. GAA has also formed a GAA LGBTQIA+ subcommittee to work with social partners working to help the LGBTQIA+ community. GAA members interested to be a part of the GAA LGBTQIA+ subcommittee can send their information to info@gaa.org.np

2. GAA Food Bank Subcommittee

The objective of the GAA Food Bank is to distribute food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough to avoid hunger. The GAA Food Bank will receive food packages such as rice, lentils and other daily essentials from sponsors. The GAA Food Bank will then provide the food packages to the GAA Soup Kitchen Subcommittee which will distribute the food ration packages to the needy. The GAA Soup Kitchen will also use the food packages for its long-term in-house kitchen as well.

3. GAA Clothes Bank Subcommittee

The objective of the GAA Clothes Bank is to support people in need by providing at no charge good, clean clothing donated by the community. GAA Clothes Bank Subcommittee also plans to open a thrift store inside GAA to raise funds for the organization.

4. GAA Health Services Subcommittee

The objective of the GAA Health Services Subcommittee is to provide counseling to the needy (mental health), organize health camps, and provide medical resources to health related institutions if possible. The long-term plan is to open a free clinic to the vulnerable communities in Thamel area. Advisor: Dr. Buland Thapa ('73)