Nepal

In Nepal, we’re working with our country partners on inclusive education, health and livelihoods projects.

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How we're making a difference

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Country partner spotlight: Humanity & Inclusion

Humanity & Inclusion work in situations of poverty, conflict and disaster alongside people with disabilities to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their fundamental rights.

Durga, from Nepal, sits in a blue plastic chair outside her home in Nepal. She was afflicted with polio when she was a child and uses an assistive device to help her walk.

News: Losing your income during COVID-19

Inclusive Futures provided immediate relief and long-term support for people with disabilities during the pandemic, including in Nepal where nearly half of people with disabilities who were surveyed lost all of their income.
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Shiva Acharya.

Shiva Acharya

“I hope that real inclusion will happen sometime in the future.”

Shiva Acharya, Nepal country lead of Humanity & Inclusion
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Projects in Nepal

Three women sit talking in Nepal. They are wearing facemasks and one is holding a bottle of sanitiser and an information leaflet.

Responding to COVID-19

Project lead partner: Humanity & Inclusion
Funder: UK Aid

This project provides a wide-ranging response to COVID-19 in Nepal, from providing subsistence allowances, food relief, nutrient packages, hygiene kits and sanitary products to people with disabilities, to advocating for the government and humanitarian organisations to provide an inclusive response and post-crisis recovery.

It is also developing and adapting information about COVID-19 so it is accessible for people with disabilities, reaching them and their families or carers through hotline services, and helping people with disabilities access essential assistive devices.

A girl writes on a whiteboard in a classroom.

Inclusive education

Project lead partner: Humanity & Inclusion
Funder: UK Aid

We are focusing on promoting access to quality basic education for children with disabilities in the Chitwan district of Nepal, working with the most disadvantaged communities in the district.

The project is identifying children aged between three and 13, both currently in education as well as those who have dropped out or never attended school. We are creating tailored activities and approaches to support an overall increase in the enrolment of children with disabilities in primary school education.

Two women communicate using hand gestures.

Health and livelihoods

Project lead partner: Humanity & Inclusion
Funder: UK Aid

Many people with disabilities in Nepal face barriers that prevent them accessing health services and finding meaningful ways to make a living.

Barriers to healthcare include limited access to information, negative attitudes from family and health workers, cost and physical barriers. Young people with disabilities often have restricted access to sexual health and reproductive health services due to stigma and inaccessibility.

Working with health service providers, we're training health workers to identify and provide quality sexual and reproductive health services to people with disabilities. We also work with young people aged 10-24 with disabilities, empowering them with skills development and vocational training in various trades.

A man picks coffee beans in Nepal

Supporting farmers and entrepreneurs

Project lead partner: Light for the World
Funder: UK Aid

Agriculture remains the best opportunity for the estimated 1.5 to two million people with disabilities in Nepal living in smallholder households to work and trade their way out of poverty.

We’re working with Hamro Coffee to improve opportunities for small-scale coffee farmers with disabilities to link in with well-functioning local or global markets – ranging from local ‘street markets’ to formal global value chains.

We’re also exploring how people with disabilities can benefit from participating in formal supply chains as wage labourers in production or processing, and as providers in service markets.