Smart Telecom completes first phase of Suaahara II - Good Nutrition Program

Kathmandu, Nepal, January 3, 2019 - SMART, a telecommunication company, had joined hands with the USAID-supported Suaahara II program to support 1000 days mothers, ensuring they receive real time counselling and technical support.  

A MoU was signed between Smart Telecom and Suaahara II, implemented by Helen Keller International Nepal. As a telecom partner to the program, Smart Telecom would provide free SIM cards to selected Suaahara beneficiaries along with SIM Cards at NRs. 99 to selected volunteers of the program. Smart Telecom had announced they would distribute 6,000 SIM cards in two of Suaahara II program districts – Nuwakot and Kapilvastu.

Smart has implemented and distributed 3500 Smart SIM to beneficiaries at Nuwakot for the first phase of the program and will be implementing the Suaahara project to Palpa & Rupandehi in the next phase.

Suaahara’s Chief of Party, Christopher Landry said, “We are pleased to have the support of Smart Telecom in Nuwakot and Kapilvastu, to assist us in tackling malnutrition by improving communication between frontline workers and 1000 days mothers. Through this effort our frontline workers will be able to provide important and timely information to 1000 days mothers more frequently and efficiently without the need to physically travel door to door.”

The partnership will help 1000 days mothers communicate via their mobile phones free with Suaahara’s frontline workers. In the process the frontline workers can work efficiently and communicate frequently with the 1000 days mothers to provide them real time counselling and technical support. One of Suaahara’s major challenge has been reaching individual households due to the rough topography and unavailability of safe public transportation. The free SIM which also provides 100 minutes free talk time in a closed user group will support the program’s frontline workers to frequently reach 1000 day’s mothers and continue follow up. Real time counselling along with continuous follow up with 1000 day’s mothers is crucial in changing their behaviours to improve their and their children’s nutrition status.

The USAID-supported Suaahara II program is working to improve the nutritional status of women and children in at least 1.5 million households across forty districts of Nepal. This will be achieved through multi-sectoral partnerships with the Government of Nepal (GoN), the private sector, and other development partners.

Smart Telecom established in July 1, 2008, is the third largest private company providing telecom services that is actively involved in meeting the needs of Nepalese citizens for easy access to information and communication by providing them quality services since 2013.

Smart Relief Package

Smart launches CSR initiative to help customers stay connected amidst the lockdown
Smart Relief Packages of 30 mins talktime and 300mb data when the balance is zero.

26th April,2020 (Kathmandu):Smart telecom, today in a move to bring relief to their customers staying home during lockdown and unable to recharge their mobile balance, have launched a CSR campaign. Customers with zero balance will automatically get topped-up with free bonuses of 30 mins talk time (On-net) and 300mb data.

Focused primarily for the period of lockdown, the newly launched relief pack help Smart telecommunication customers who are unable to communicate with their loved ones due to low balance.

A spokesperson from Smart added ‘Today, when the need to stay connected is greater than ever before, we will be there for you to make sure you can be there for yours’ in a promise to keep continuing this CSR initiative throughout the lockdown period.

Corporate Social Responsibilities of Smart Telecom Pvt. Ltd. during COVID- 19 lockdown periods.

Our initiation to sponsor covid-19 tracking Apps:

It was reported on 24 January 2020 in Kathmandu that first case of coronavirus pandemic in Nepal. And the second case was confirmed on 23 March 2020. As of 17 April 2020, 28 additional cases have been confirmed and so on. However, a country-wide lockdown came into effect on 24 March 2020. It was just more than a week from lockdown started, it was 5 April 2020 when we have decided to sponsor the “Co Buddy App”, this App was developed by Notion Tag which uses facial recognition and geo-fencing technologies to help monitor subjects in quarantine. This app was completely given free of cost to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority(NDRRMA) under Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA). which will give real time information about the movement of people placed in quarantine. For this, those in quarantine or isolation facilities need to install the application and have access to the internet. This will then automatically provide information about the movement of patients. Nearby security bodies can track any unauthorized movement through the application. Likewise, with the use of the app, patients can also notify doctors or security personnel if they feel uncomfortable during their stay.

Honorable Minister Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa launch the App Nationwide:

6 April 2020,Press release and  launch of app nationwide by Honorable Minister Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa. CEO of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority(NDRRMA)giving presentation on usage and benefits of Co-Buddy App.

Distribution of relief materials:

Poor and vulnerable Nepali people, including domestic, farm, service sector, and self-employed workers as well as children from poor families face a double shock. COVID-19 is a major health risk that has already claimed thousands of lives worldwide. Social distancing and self-isolation are necessary to slow the spread of the virus, and the month long lockdown is designed to “flatten the curve”.
But the lockdown itself has consequences that will be devastating for the poor. Many small and medium business will close and thousands of working people will lose their jobs. Many of us have already started work from home, and many are already sitting at home on “annual leave” or unpaid leave during the lockdown, which is likely to be extended further more. The lockdown in most developed countries predicted to last for up to six months.  
In Nepal, there are certain relief distributed by organization in coordination with government local. With income in many households falling to zero during the lockdown, the reliefs will be diluted even further and will be inadequate to protect families against hunger. 21 April 2020, this is where Smart took initiative to distribute reliefs to those who are in needs. Distribution of reliefs was taken place in Nepal Yubak Madhaymik Bidhyalaye, Paknazol, Kathmandu with the help of few locals and our good friends. We stand where we have to and we know where to fulfill our responsibilities.

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