Alleviating poverty among disabled people in Western Nepal
This project with lead partner DHRC-Nepal is a natural extension to the completion this year of five years nation-wide advocacy for the full inclusion of disabled people in Nepal's post-monarchical constitution, laws and national policies through the Disabled People's Advocacy for Change programme. This new project is more directly practical and focussed on disabled people in their local communities, by providing access to skills training and livelihood opportunities; forming new self help groups and helping to meet rehabilitation needs. Over the next three years, 1500 disabled people and their families in four districts of western Nepal districts (some 7,500 people in all) will be helped to step out of poverty and their grassroots organisations will be strengthened
District DPO partners:
Bardiya Rehabilitation Centre for Disability (BRCD), Bardiya district, was established in 2003 and has already formed 21 SHGs with an average of 9 members in each. In the last election BRCD’ local activism enabled 1700 disabled people to cast their votes for the first time.
Disabled Empowerment Centre (DEC), Surkhet, was established in 2000 and their 200 strong sister cooperative is engaged in agriculture based savings and credit. Other members have formed 24 self help groups (SHGs) and their ‘Friends of Disabled’ are actively changing attitudes through the medium of street theatre.
Forum for Human Rights and Disabled (FHRD), Dang, founded in 2000 is facilitating the district’s CBR programme providing information and access to rehabilitation services. FHRD members already represented in local development committees aspire to start disabled people's cooperatives and enterprises which this project will enable them to do.
Resource Centre for Rights and Development of Disabled People (RECED), Tanahun, was established in 2005 and is also contributing to the district’s CBR programme. RECED promotes disabled people's participation in sports and the theatre group creates awareness of the electoral process, HIV&AIDS, disabled children's right to free education while also providing some income for its members.
Main Photo: DPO leaders Bishnu Prasad Sharma (DEC), Dal Bahadur Sunar (BRCD), Madan Poudel (RECED) and Krishna Bahadur Choudahri (FHRD) with Jagadish Adhikari, President (DHRC-Nepal)