In 2011 DTE removed all street lights from Highland Park; Soulardarity, one of D2N's partners, is working to install solar-powered streetlights throughout the city. D2N worked with Soulardarity and Avalon Village to place one of five new, smart, solar-powered streetlights in Avalon Village. Installation took place in early July; the streetlights will also serve as a WIFI hub for a few-block radius. Also taking place in Avalon Village this summer - Music Camp.
As of a few days ago, 1331 COVID tests have been completed in Khotang. 117 tests were positive; three of these patients were placed in the isolation ward set up by D2N's partner, Janesewa. There have been no deaths.
Nepal COVID Crisis
A second wave of COVID has hit Nepal incredibly hard. As they did for the initial wave, our partner, Janasewa Samaj, has quickly developed a plan to help the community. They have purchased medical supplies including test kits, PPE’s, oxygen and medicines and have set up the isolation COVID ward at their community hospital. Testing has begun in about ten villages. Click here for information on D2N's COVID Relief Initiative in Nepal.
In Detroit, Buckets of Rain’s raised beds continue to make their way to Parker Village and Avalon Village; the growing season has begun.
As Buckets of Rain dismantles their raised bed garden on Glendale Avenue in Highland Park, their founder, Chris Skellenger (pictured on right, Parker Village Farm Manager, Ryan Hennessy, is on left,) is moving more than 350 of the raised beds to Parker Village and Avalon Village, where they will continue to provide fresh produce for Highland Park residents and continue the Clinic to Farm to Table program at the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic.
In Nepal, more than 2200 people attended five mobile health camps and the Makpa Health Post is nearing completion.
As challenging as 2020 was, the year reinforced two constants for D2N - we are most effective when we support small-scale, community-driven programs and we are consistently amazed by the overwhelming kindness and generosity of our donors. In Nepal our COVID Relief Initiative continues and the Makpa Health Post and Birthing Center is well underway. In Detroit our COVID Relief Initiative also continues and we have added a new member to the D2N family - Original Mother's International.
October 2020 Newsletter
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Our COVID Relief efforts in Detroit continue and have become the catalyst for a joint effort between the Highland Park City Council and HPC3, whose goal is to not only respond to the current crisis, but to create a more sustainable and resilient community. In Nepal our response has just begun. As in Detroit, we are addressing economic and health issues brought by the pandemic. We are grateful to be able to do this work.
D2N Detroit COVID-19 Relief Initiative
Building upon the early efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis in Detroit, D2N has funded a relief package which provides education, food and water security, reliable information, COVID-19 testing, mental health counseling and energy assistance. As with all D2N projects, we asked the communities we would be working with what their priorities were and how they wanted to address them. The result is The D2N Detroit COVID-19 Relief Initiative.
When the 2015 earthquake devastated Nepal D2N was in a unique position. We were already working in underserved communities and had developed trusting relationships with their residents. During the current pandemic we find ourselves in a similar situation.
Our Detroit partners have quickly identified the challenges COVID-19 is presenting to their communities and have sprung into action. We are grateful to be able to assist in their efforts.
Avalon Village in Highland Park has distributed bags with hygiene products and information necessary to combat the virus. In partnership with Buckets of Rain, Avalon Village is also providing regular food distribution to their families.
Odis Bellinger of Building Better Men is distributing books to his boys and providing them with an ongoing virtual education plan. Click here to read more about Odis’s efforts.
D2N turns 10 in 2020 - what an amazing ten years! We are proud of what has been accomplished during these years and look forward to the next ten. We are grateful for our supporters, our partners and every single opportunity that has come our way. These opportunities have enabled D2N to narrow its focus for the coming years - build health posts and birthing centers in Nepal and engage in projects that strengthen collaborative efforts to improve access to health and wellness care to families in Highland Park.
Kalika Secondary School in Rakha, D2N's twelfth and final school, was completed in June, bringing our school reconstruction project to an end. In Detroit we are looking forward to our August 24th Community Health Fair at the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic. Together, kids from Mama Shu's Hood Camp and surrounding community members will tour the SAY Clinic and enjoy a bbq across the street at the Buckets of Rain gardens. Attendees can have their blood pressure checked and receive a 'free prescription for vegetable' bag and a backpack with school supplies. WNUC will broadcast from the fair, making the event a perfect example of our Detroit partners sharing ideas and resources.