Projects in Nepal

Supporting small scale farmers and entrepreneurs with disabilities

A man picks coffee beans in Nepal

Project lead partner: Light for the World

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

As well as small-scale farmers, we’re exploring how people with disabilities can benefit from participation in formal supply chains as wage labourers in production or processing, and as providers in the service markets.

Our health and livelihoods work in Nepal

Two women communicate using hand gestures.

Project lead partner: Humanity & Inclusion
Jamuna was 20 years old when she learned tailoring and had a dream of becoming a renowned tailor but resources restricted her from that goal. Six years later, she met with a social worker from Humanity & Inclusion, who supported Jamuna to scale-up her business with counseling and business grant support. Photo: Pralhad Gairapipli/ HI

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

Regarding health, barriers 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 which limits their future prospects.

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

Inclusive education for three to 13 year olds

A girl writes on a whiteboard in a classroom.

Project lead partner: Humanity & Inclusion
Pooja, 15, is in 4th grade in an inclusive school in Nepal. Every day she gets to learn from Tulasha, a teacher who received training on inclusive education to ensure that children like Pooja can read, write and have big dreams for the future. Photo: Pralhad Gairapipli/ HI

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 3-13, both currently in education as well as those who have dropped out or never attended school. We're creating tailored activities and approaches to support an overall increase in the enrolment of children with disabilities in primary school education.

A disability-inclusive COVID-19 response and recovery

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

Project lead partner: Humanity & Inclusion

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.