Category: People

Jagadish

Jagadish Prasad Adhikari was one of three co-founders of the Disabled Human Rights Centre, along with friends Maheshwar Ghimire and Shudarson Subedi. Over the years, the three friends developed DHRC-Nepal into a national cross-disability advocacy organization, as well as supporting local DPOs in other parts of Nepal. Jagadish contracted polio at the age of one. […]

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Nor Bahadur

Nor Bahadur is 44 years old. He is a charming, gregarious person, of restricted growth, happily married to Tanka with whom he has a 6-year-old son. Life was hard when Bahadur was growing up: as one of four brothers in a rural family, he was expected to pull more weight than was physically possible, and […]

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Cantol

Cantol Pondja is President and Coordinator of AJODEMO, the national Mozambique disabled youth association. Cantol gets around using callipers and crutches, having contracted polio in childhood. He is an inspiring role-model and an untiring advocate for disabled people in Mozambique. The video profile below is from the YouTube channel of Abilis Foundation in Finland. https://youtu.be/zx6PUVUrDDc

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Sumitra

Sumitra was born with a club foot, but had corrective surgery at the age of ten, leaving her more confident and strong enough to handle physical work. The eldest of six siblings, Sumitra had to take responsibility for her family at a tender age. Today, as part of our Women-Led Disability-Inclusive Livelihood project (WDIL) with […]

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Samson

Ntahorutari Samson fled to DRC with his mother and his sister when conflict intensified in Burundi in 1972. With his stepfather killed and conflicts erupting all over the Congo, he and his family crossed over to Tanzania. His mother’s mental health was failing and Samson organized repatriation papers to admit her to a mental hospital […]

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Luisa

Luisa belongs to a group selling telephone credits in Nhamatanda, Mozambique, established through our partner AJODEMO’s Disability Rights and Enterprise Training programme. Luisa has been disabled since a childhood accident, but never received any kind of assistive device, so she has always made do with a sturdy stick carved from a branch. Luisa, along with […]

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Melaku

Melaku is one of 8 deaf teaching assistants involved in our project on Improving education for deaf and hard of hearing children​ with DDIA in Ethiopia. When he started working at Adama School, there were no special educational needs (SEN) teachers or resources. Melaku worked with the school director Teshane to refurbish the disused library […]

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Rahel

Rahel and her husband Anteneh run a café near the busy Piassa area of Addis Ababa, set up through our project with DDIA on Improving income for deaf people. Previously they had set up a cybercafé, but demand plummeted due to the advent of smartphones. Undeterred, they attended training Along with other deaf people and […]

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