COVID-19 Emergency: Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Nepal and across Asia. Teams continue to raise awareness about the virus, distribute masks and personal hygiene supplies, and offer tele-rehabilitation when Covid restrictions warrant it.
Humanity & Inclusion in Nepal
Since 2000, our teams have been responding to issues resulting from the country's civil war (1996-2006) and natural disasters.
A massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 leaving more than 8,000 people dead and 22,000 injured. Due to Nepal's high exposure to seismic activity and 40% of its population living below the poverty line, Humanity & Inclusion focuses its work on the country's vulnerable population.
People with disabilities are among the most marginalized individuals in Nepal. Often living in extreme poverty and denied access to education, people with disabilities also struggle to meet their most basic needs and exercise their rights.
Humanity & Inclusion's 92-person team aims to enhance access to education for all children, including children with disabilities, and to enable people with injuries or disabilities to benefit from rehabilitation sessions.
Areas of Intervention
- Supporting the victims of the earthquake
- Physical rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics
- Including people with disabilities in work
- Fighting discrimination against people with disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion is working with communities and local authorities, to develop emergency plans and improve warning and evacuation systems, taking into account the specific needs of people with disabilities. Our teams are also implementing a system to dispatch health professionals to ensure earthquake victims receive immediate care and treatment. Humanity & Inclusion supports five rehabilitation centers in Nepal, enabling thousands of people to receive physical therapy and orthopedic fittings, and works to improve rehabilitation services in earthquake-affected districts.
Humanity & Inclusion trains health workers to identify children with disabilities and refer them to appropriate services to receive quality care. Our teams work with teachers to create inclusive classrooms and promote access to education for children with disabilities in 16 districts, through the “Reading for All” project.
Our team works alongside people with disabilities to ensure they are included in the workforce, providing personalized support, advice and access to skills training. Working with employers, Humanity & Inclusion raises awareness on inclusive workplaces and assists in meeting specific needs of employees with disabilities.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Nepal since 2000, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of communities where we serve.
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Natural Disaster Response
Following the 2015 earthquake, Humanity & Inclusion took immediate action to help people affected by the disaster. Humanity & Inclusion organized more than 10,500 rehabilitation sessions for more than 4,000 people, carried out psychosocial support sessions, and distributed over 2,300 mobility aids to more than 2,200 people.
A recent grant from the Nepalese American Nurses Association has expanded this work to refit or replace the limbs of 34 people who were severely injured in the 2015 earthquake.