In April 2015, Nepal was hit by a 7.3 magnitude Earthquake. Altogether, 8,979 people lost their lives and 22,309 were injured in the 2015 earthquakes. Okhaldhunga, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalanchok, Sindhuli, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Gorkha and Makwanpur district were highly affected by Earthquake. Hundreds of thousands of private houses, government buildings, schools, health institutions and historic and archeological heritage sites were damaged.
Thousands of people lost their lives, homes, families and income sources. Many people became person with disability due to Earthquake. Persons with Disabilities were double victimized from Earthquake. Due to lack of social security schemes, shelter and relief, occupation, persons with disabilities and their family members were facing economic, social obstacles on their daily life. Persons with Disabilities are the first victim of any types Disasters. Disaster made more lots of hurdle to fulfil Persons with Disabilities basic needs and necessities. Persons with Disabilities are pushing backward and lost their mobilization and limited in the shelter premises. However due to the lack of proper knowledge, experiences and skills with municipalities, local organizations of persons with disabilities and other stakeholders on disability rights and disability specific services, one hand, the local governments are not able to formulate proper planning and budget for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and on the other hand, persons with disabilities have very low access to basic rights and services such as education, basic health, livelihood, social securities and disability specific services such as assistive devices, rehabilitation, reasonable accommodation, referral and counseling, early identification and intervention etc. In other words, most of them are being left behind in the development process.
So in this backdrop, NDF with the support of Government of Nepal, NRA and development partners were agreed and planned to mainstream their issues through Rehabilitation and ensure their independent living in the community. This project has been developed basically to support persons with disabilities who were affected by Earthquake to support Assistive Devices and Rehabilitation services, disability inclusion and Independent living through livelihood and other necessary services in the community. The key beneficiaries or rights holders of this projects are the persons with disabilities and their family members at the selected districts. This project will start from July 2021 and end to June 2022.
Objectives of the project
The overall objective of this project is to contribute for achieving the sustainable development goals by promoting the inclusion of disability agendas through Rehabilitation and Independent Living in the community.
The specific objectives of the project are;
a) To empowered the persons with Disabilities who are affected by Earthquake through Rehabilitation services for the social inclusion, social participation and dignified life.
b) To Strengthen the Independent Living in the community through livelihood to fulfill the economic and social need of persons with Disabilities affected by Earthquake.
1. Persons with Disabilities will receive assistive devices (Orthotics, Prosthetics and Mobility), physiotherapy, occupational therapy and counselling services from technical experts of NDF
2. Persons with Disabilities will get follow up, repair, replace and maintenance service from NDF
3. Persons with Disabilities will liberate and move beyond the limitation.
4. Persons with Disabilities will benefited by livelihood services which make them economically empower, live independent and recognize in the community
5. Persons with Disabilities live dignified life in the community with their family members