In Nepal, having a disabled child is a social stigma and often results in the family being ostracised by the community. To be dislocated from one’s community in Hindu society is to be denied any meaningful role in life. As a result, disabled children are often hidden away and neglected. CBRS works with and for disabled children and their families, aiming to help the disabled live as normally and independently as possible.
CBRS brings awareness of disability issues to local communities and supports and encourages children affected by disability and their families through education and physiotherapy programmes, by supplying mobility aids and by supporting income generation projects. CBRS is based in Pokhara and works mainly in Kaski, Tanahun and Syangja districts. More recently, CBRS has been involved with the training of staff from other non-governmental and government organisations so raising awareness of disability issues on a national basis.
A brief overview of the work of CBRS for the 6 months August 2014 – January 2015 includes supplying the basic equipment or animals for 18 new income generation projects, supporting 20 children under a program where donors sponsor a particular disabled child, supporting eight disabled children who would not otherwise have been able to do so enroll in school and a variety of community activities including street dramas on disability, sanitation programs and days out with groups of disabled children. The greatest need at present is for a worker to specialise in mental health issues, which are common amongst children and their carers.
Click on this link Helena’s Report to see what life was like for Helena Perry, a volunteer working with CBRS in September 2014.
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