In Nepal, HI aims to enhance access to education for all children, including children with disabilities, and to enable people with injuries or disabilities to benefit from rehabilitation sessions and inclusion services.
Abishek, 12, learning with through a new Nepali language sign app | © Sadiksha Malla / HI
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HI has been present in Nepal since 2000. The country, adjoining the Himalayan mountain range, experiences significant seismic activity, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley where 1.5 million people live.
HI is working with communities and local authorities, notably by developing emergency plans, and improving emergency warning and evacuation systems. This work takes into account the specific needs of people with disabilities.
HI trains teachers and promotes access to education for children with special education needs, such as autism, particularly children with disabilities in several districts, through the “Reading for All” project. HI also provides support to young girls and teenage girls with disabilities from the most disadvantaged communities by promoting their access to education. In addition, the organisation supports five rehabilitation centres in Nepal, enabling thousands of people in the country to benefit from physiotherapy and orthopaedic fitting, and works to improve rehabilitation services in earthquake-affected districts.
Thanks to its experience in the case management of earthquake victims, the organisation was able to take immediate action to help people affected by the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, which killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 22,000.
Through its Physical Rehabilitation Activity program, HI supports the establishment of a sustainable, integrated, public-private rehabilitation system in order to improve the mobility and functional independence of victims of conflict and women, men, girls and boys in need of rehabilitation
Situation of the country
Over 40% of the population lives below the poverty line.
The livelihoods of three-quarters of the population depend on agriculture. The economic development washindered by the conflict between the government authorities and Maoist insurgents (1996-2006), who are today integrated into the democratic process. This conflict left 12,000 dead and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. It also left many veterans of the war with disabilities. Today the country is working towards democracy and is in a period of relative stability.
In Nepal, disability is primarily considered a social issue. It is rarely addressed as a public health issue or taken into account in education, health and economic development. An estimated 78% of children with disabilities are not in education (Barriga, 2011) and only 1% of the population with disabilities in Nepal has access to employment.
Nepal has been severely hit by COVID-19, although the situation has improved more recently.
Number of HI staff members: 83
Date the programme opened: 2000