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 poverty, 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.
Our Current Work
In addition to addressing the needs that emerged following the 2015 earthquake, Humanity & Inclusion's team of 79 staff in Nepal works diligently to:
- Build capacity of rehabilitation centers
- Facilitate professional inclusion of people with disabilities
- Promote access to education for children with disabilities
- Prepare to handle possible earthquakes
- Develop community-based disaster risk management
- Improve human rights of detainees and prisoners
In partnership with Nepalese government, Humanity & Inclusion builds the capacity of rehabilitation centers so that people with disabilities can receive quality physical therapy and assistance devices. The organization supports five rehabilitation centers in Nepal, enabling thousands of people in the country to benefit from physical therapy and orthopedic fitting.
Humanity & Inclusion facilitates the professional inclusion of people with disabilities by providing personalized support and helping them undertake training to practice the profession of their choice. The organization also raises employers' awareness of disabilities and works with professional inclusion services to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities.
To enhance access to education for all children, Humanity & Inclusion trains teachers and promotes access to education for children with disabilities in 16 districts through the "Read for All" project.
Humanity & Inclusion works with hospitals and rehabilitation centers to ensure they are prepare for varies injuries people suffer during and after earthquakes. The organization is also implementing a system capable of immediately dispatching health professionals to ensure immediate care and treatment when an earthquake occurs.
Community Based Disaster Risk Management
Humanity & Inclusion works with communities and authorities to develop emergency plans as well as emergency warning and evacuation systems. The organization also works to raise awareness about the importance of including people with disabilities in disaster planning.
Human Rights of Detainees and Prisoners
Humanity & Inclusion works to advance the protection and rights of prisoners to prevent mistreatment of detainees. The organizations also focuses on improving living conditions of prisoners by ensuring prisoners have access to essential needs services (food, water, and healthcare).
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.