In April, the United Sherpa Association in New York began a weekly food pantry and delivery service to help the city's most vulnerable and unknown victims during the pandemic. (Feb. 14)
URGEN SHERPA: When we heard the news of the very first case of coronavirus in New York City, we acted immediately to save our community from this pandemic.
Hi, good morning. How are you feeling?
- I'm feeling good.
URGEN SHERPA: OK. Have a nice day.
We focused especially on the international students who are the unknown victims. They don't have unemployment insurance. They don't have homes here. They're far away from home.
TSHERING CHHOKI SHERPA: For international students, it's like, you can work just 20 hours, right? But on campus, not off campus. So if the campus is closed, then there's no chance that you can work. And also, asking parents for money is hard back home. And also like, fear of getting COVID, you know, when you go outside. So there's so many things going on emotionally and physically.
DECHHEN KARMO SHERPA: Especially in the beginning, like, in March, like, Elmhurst became the epicenter. You could see, like, a community in need, and you could see people being so grateful at the same time for the help.
TSHERING CHHOKI SHERPA: When I come here, I feel like I'm back home, you know, because everyone talks in Napoli.
It feels good, like, being a part of it and also getting help, you know?
URGEN SHERPA: This pandemic brought so many bad things. It was a disaster, but we have learned so much from this pandemic as well. We have learned how to stay together. We have learned the value of human life. And we have learned how we have to come together to fight.