Welcome to The Website Of Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD NEPAL)
⇒About Head Nepal
The Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD Nepal) is perpetual successor, autonomous, self-governing, organized, non-profit making, non-political, non-religious and non-governmental regional organization working for the empowerment and development of people with disabilities in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The organization was founded in 2011 by Mr. Chhitup Lama with the active participation of the local people of Humla.
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⇒What HEAD Nepal does
Head Nepal basically works with all kinds of persons with disabilities in Humla district as far as its resources favor. We conduct a numbers of support services, vocational/educational training, awareness/sensitization programs workshops/seminar throughout the year for different persons with disabilities with different age group. However currently our major focus remains on providing education/training to the visually and physically disabled children in Humla. Read More about our works
Visit from Ministry of Social Development Surkhet
Today on 24th of January 2019, we have visitors: Jamuna Paudyal, Pabitra Puri and Devi Subedi from Ministry of Social Development Province No 6 and Mamata Mahat from Simkot Rm. The has visited both HEAD Vision and Enable Home and observed its provided services to the children with disabilities. At the mean time the visiting team conducted a very small meeting with HEAD Staff lead by Founder/ED Chhitup Lama about the project which HEAD Nepal is running currently and some issues and difficulties which HEAD Nepal facing after establishment with the local government.
Our Current Project
⇒The HEAD Vision Home
The Head Vision Home is a residential educational training center for the children with visual impairment situated at Simikot. Students arrive from all parts of Humla district and are welcomed without distinction of caste, creed or any background. The Home provides the children with free boarding lodging, and educational training specially in Braille reading/writing, daily living skills, orientation and mobility, English language, confident building training and computer skills. The Home also supports the children for their successful inclusion and integration in the mainstream education by assisting the children with regular study at the home and at school. With completion of education activities, The home envisages that a Humla which is known for successful inclusion and integration of children with visual impairment into mainstream education and altimately they are actively and meaningfully participated in all sectors of society with high position and dignified life. So far, four students with visual impairment are already graduated and all of them are successful to passed SLC Examination!!! Read the Profiles of the Children Read more About HEAD Vision Home
⇒HEAD Enable Home
The Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD Nepal) is pleased to initiate the Head Enable Home, a residential educational center for 20 children with physical/mobility disability throughout the rural Himalayan region of Humla district. This is our second home after the successful implementation/smooth operation of the Head Vision Home, the first residential educational center for 25 children with visual impairment at Simikot the district headquarter of Humla. The Head Enable Home is currently operated in a rented private building and located just behind the Head Vision Home and has been started from the 1st of September and currently 20 children are already enrolled and being supported in the home. With close observation and research on the educational status of the all kinds of children in Humla from 2011 to till date, Head Nepal has realized that the children with physical impairment are the only group of children who have been left behind the mainstream education in Humla. There is no special plan and services made abailable to support in education of those children in the remote villages of Humla district. Though the children with physical impairment do not require special education system for their study, they do need to have an appropriate (disabled Friendly/Mobility Accessibility) physical Read more about HEAD Enable Home
⇒The Head Skill Development Center
The Head Skill Development Center is a project by Head Nepal based on the idea that offering an appropriate learning environment with wide range of basic to advance trainings not only to people with disability but also to the marginalized group of society such as women, Dalit, ethnic community, single woman and conflict affected etc. to improve quality of life and promote community inclusion. The training may cover a range of capacity building, vocational and educational training, and skill/leadership development courses. The major objective of the Head Skill Development Center is to make the marginalized group of people including people with disabilities more independence and confident so that they can actively/meaningfully participate as fully as possible in family, community and society. It also organizes a series of workshops, seminar and awareness/sensatization programs throughout the year which help them for their social and economical inclusion.
Recently, the HEAD Skill Development Center together District Small Cottage Industry Development Board completed Sewing and Cutting Refresher Training for 10 past trainees of HSDC. Among them two are persons with disability. Read more About HEAD Skill Development Center
⇒Disability Information Advisory Service (Help Desk)
Head Nepal in coordination to Women and Children Office Humla developed a kind of advisory and counseling services related to disability issues to make every service/support or information accessible for disabled people and their network. Disability information advisory services (Help Desk) provide independent and free information and advice to disabled people, their families, friends, colleagues, caregivers, service providers and the general public. This support service may include specific information in regards to particular disability, family counceling, encouraging and motivating the disabled people themselves, And more over it is to find right services for the right persons with disability and to make all the services/facilities accessible and available for the persons with disability and their community. The Disability Information Advisory Services (Help Desk) recently helped to collect application form for disability identity card in unified mobile Camp held in southern part of humlla from 24 Jeshtha to 03 Ashard 2072 and all together 176 application forms were collected.Read more About Help Desk Program
⇒HEAD Mobile School
Humla is one of the most remote and undeveloped districts in rural Himalayas of Nepal where the situation of children with disabilities is extremely difficult. Specialized services for early detection and intervention for all disabilities are available only in distant centers offering specialist services, which are completely beyond the reach of poor families having such children from the district like Humla. Therefore, we have planned the project, the HEAD Mobile School since the establishment of the organization. The Mobile School is a first step to take literacy and education to the disabled children at their homes when they are themselves unable to come to schools and learning centers and regular schools are not able to accommodate/integrate such children in their educational process. After the successful operation of the first Mobile School in 2011 for children with visual impairment in 8 VDCs of Humla, we ran a numbers of the same school in 11 VDCs in the middle Humla for children with physical and visual impairment in 2016 and 5 VDCs of lower Humla in 2017. The major goal of the project is to promote literacy and inclusive education for the children with disabilities and their parents in the rural Nepal through operating a mobile school with literacy based educational training at their home and ultimately integrate them into mainstream education system.
Reducing Hunger and Improving Nutrition amongst children with disabiloties..........
In this fiscal year 2016/2017(2073-2074), HEAD Nepal was successful in extending our organizational partnership with Mission East Nepal. Together with mission East Nepal, we developed a new project entitled "Children and Hunger: reducing hunger and improving nutrition amongst children with disabilities and other marginalized children in remote mountain villages of Nepal" which has been financially granted from the Danish Radio and AEC Foundation for 2 years until May 2019. The project inception/induction program was conducted in August 2017 and we already started project activities then after.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute toward Government of Nepal Zero Hunger Challenge Initiative (ZHC) for marginalized children in the remote mountainous districts of Nepal and the immediate Objectives is to enhance sustainable production and use of diversified crops for improved nutrition amongst children with disabilities and other marginalized children in remote mountain villages of Humla. The project also aims to improve organisational, financial and programmatic capacities of HEAD Nepal to enable sustained growth.
We express our sincere gratitude to Mission East Nepal for partnering with us and Danish Radio and AEC Foundation for insuring finance for this project.Read more about the project, Reducing Hunger and Improving Nutrition Amongst Children with Disabilities
»The film "The Activist Journey"
The film " The Activist Journey 2-The Hidden Light of Hope of Humla" on the Activities of Head Mobile Blind School was awarded a Bronze World Medal by New York Film Festival 2013. The film was produced by a Singaporean television Company, August Pictures Pte Ltd. in November 2011 and was on aired in 2012 in Singapore.
Here is a short version of the film with the title "For the children with visual impairment of Himalayas"
If you are interested in watching the full film then Click Here to watch the origional film "The Activist Journey" in New york film festival official website
»HEAD Nepal Short Promotional Video 2014
On 15th of August 2014, this short film was published together by Head Nepal and Kanthari Plus. The film was produced by Tomasz from Poland representing Kanthari Plus on the educational activities and the other projects of Head Nepal.
Experience/Impression of Our Visitors/Volunteers:
Experience of Prof. Boguslaw Marek Ph.D. OBE, The John Paul Catholic University of Lublin, Poland:
It was not easy to decide which was a bigger surprise – the beauty of the Simikot Valley, or the scope of activities and the level of support offered by HEAD Nepal to children with a visual impairment at what seemed like the end of the world in a forgotten part of the Himalayas. I knew know there were no roads leading to Simikot and that there were only two ways to get there – either on foot (just a ten-days’ walk from the nearest place accessible by car) or flying a small single engine or a Twin Otter plane from Nepalgunj or Surkhet – both services operating only in favourable weather conditions. With a suitcase filled with educational resources I did not have a choice and decided on flying from Nepalgunj – a decision requiring a certain degree of courage and patience. I waited six days in Nepalgunj, reporting at the airport at 6:30 each morning only to find out that the flight is cancelled due to a snow fall or strong wind . But I finally made it, and was welcomed by Chhitup Lama (founder of HEAD Nepal, by his colleagues Lokraj and Resham, by Tomek Kozakiewicz (another Pole who was there to make a video about HEAD Nepal and who told me about the organization) and by blindingly beautiful mountains surrounding the village.For more details on the experience/impression of the Prof. Mr. Marek about the workshop and his stay in Simikot please, Click HereRead the Experience of More Visitors/Volunteers
People with Disability in Humla
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