Covid-19 has impacted our entire planet. The work we do at the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation has not been immune to the repercussions of this global pandemic. Many of our scholars work in Health Care, putting their lives on the line every day in caring for patients. Others are Educators and Social Workers, facing challenges in the community. And others still have family or friends who are at a higher risk of complications if they contract the virus.
Research by the UN also tells us that the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on women, forcing women to take on extreme burdens of housework, childcare, and caregiving. Some women are being forced to make a difficult decision between their families and their careers, or to put their schooling on hold until their financial situation stabilizes. Which is to say, women need support now more than ever.
As an organization that exists in order to ensure the women of Nepal are given an opportunity to get an education, the Bo M Karlsson Foundation believes in science and data. We listen to the experts, men and women who have had years of training and experience dealing with pandemics and viruses and are working diligently to make the right recommendations against this new and evolving threat. Covid-19 is real and we are in the midst of a public health crisis. It is imperative we remember that peoples’ lives depend on all of us doing the right things as we face almost 800,000 deaths worldwide.
We at BMKF plan to do everything we can to return to regular operations as soon as the crisis recedes. Until then, we want to thank our scholars and alumnae who are on the front lines, whether in the hospitals, communities, or homes. We support you; we see you and we appreciate you. And to all of our volunteers and supporters, we thank you for your ongoing support for BMKF. We hope each and every one of you, and all your loved ones, stay safe and connected through this difficult moment of history. We are all in this together.