Our Main Activities in 2011
Filming at Head Nepal:
A filming crew from August Picture T.V. Production House Singapore visited HEAD Nepal from 9th to 12th of November 2011. The main purpose of the crew was to make a film/documentary about the recently running project, the Head Mobile Blind School. The crew consists of four members, the host, the director, an assistance director and camera man. With the arrival of the group at the Simikot airport in the morning of 9th of Nov, HEAD Nepal volunteers and staff including the founder welcomed them with a white scarf, locally called Khata, being put around each of their necks. After having had breakfast and rest for sometime at the hotel, the crew started filming at HEAD Nepal's main central office where the instructor of the Head Mobile Blind School was taking class with 7 children who are visually impaired. The founder/executive director, Chhitup Lama explained about the organization and all the activities of the Head Mobile Blind School. The filming crew filmed how we conduct the classes and how we use the special materials/equipments as well for conducting the class. In addition to it, on the same day, they also filmed at the rented house of Harimaya, a 15 years-old visually impaired girl who is also one of the students in the unit 5 of the Head Mobile Blind School. There the household works and performance of daily living activities for a visually impaired girl were the main interest of filming for the crew. In the same evening, the crew was headed to a house of a 5 years-old partially sighted child called Helen Jethara where they filmed about how we teach very small children with visual impairment performing daily living skills such as brushing teeth, washing, wearing clothes, etc. The founder and the instructor of the HEAD Nepal guided the crew along the way to the village. learn more about the filming activites
Later in 2013 the film " The Activist Journey 2-The Hidden Light of Hope of Humla" was awarded a Bronze World Medal by New York Film Festival 2013. Learn Moe about this award
Statistical Report on People with Disabilities in Humla 2011:
Date: 24th Oct 2011
As we as Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD Nepal) took the responsibility of compiling, entering and verifying the data collected in 2012 by the Woman Development Office Humla in the field of people with disabilities in all the VDCs of the Humla district, we have prepared a data base according to the requirement of the intervention service. The data was collected from all the 27 VDCs of the district. We have mainly focussed on the total number of people with disabilities, types of disability and their age category in all VDCs and in the entire district. The major objective of this data preparation is to get an idea of various intervention programmes for different kinds and age groups of the disabled. As the survey forms are designed from the ministry level, the format is well prepared and it has the national standard. According to the form there are 11 types of disability. They are blind, low vision, physical, deaf, hearing impaired, speech, deaf blind, intellectual, mental, autism and malty. This category of the types of disability is the basic/primary division according to their medical report on the basis of the disability they have. As these types of the disability are categorized with the general idea/knowledge of the data collectors/interviewers, we also have generalized some types of disabilities for better understanding and to avoid the confusion, such as for blind and low vision, we generalized these two types of disabilities as "visually impaired". We also generalized deaf and hearing impaired as "hearing impaired", intellectual, mental and autism as "intellectual" and deaf blind and malty as "malty". This generalized category helps us to have easier understanding about the type of disability and also the intervention/rehabilitation programmes are required accordingly. We prepared three categories dividing into different age groups such as 0-18, 19-45 and 45 above.
According to the survey and our analysis of the data there are in total 1595 people with different disabilities in the entire district. Among them, the biggest group with a total number of 567 is physically challenged.There are 351 people with a hearing impairment, 267 people who are visually impaired, 145 persons with malty disabilities, 105 people with a speech impairment and 102 people who are intellectually handicapped. Additionally, there are 160 people with different disabilities whose ages could not be identified and 23 people with unidentified disabilities. When we look at the age categories of the people with disabilities, there is a total of 444 children with different disabilities aged between 0 and 18. Similarly, there are 514 adults with disabilities aged between 19 and 45, and 454 disabled people aged above 45. The VDCs having large number of persons with disabilities are Kalika (125), Thehe (111), Dandaphaya (96), Syanda (94), and Darma (94). Similarly, the VDCs which have the lowest numbers of people with disabilities are Shrinagar (11), Muchu (11), and Madana (22). For detail information about statistics on people with disabilities, Downlaod the statistical report about Disability in Humla Still a follow up survey has to be done and the programme is being prepared.
Second Parents Meeting at Mobile Blind School
Since it is very important for Head Nepal to include parents of the blind and partially sighted children in decisions about the project development, parents meetings are organized regularly to discuss the progress of students and to decide on new plans. The last (the second) meeting was held on August 15th 2011 in the HEAD Nepal office in Simikot. This day it was raining heavily, this meant several hours of walk in the rain for many of the parents. Their decision to participate in the meeting under those circumstances tells a lot about their committment to the education of their visually impaired children.
In the first part of the meeting, the executive director, Chhitup Lama, and the teacher, Lokraj Shahi, talked about the progress of the students and parents had the chance to give feedback about the work of the Mobile Blind School. The volunteer of HEAD Nepal, Anja Pfaffenzeller encouraged the parents to challenge their children to become as independent as possible. Mr. Sonam Lama, the general secretary of Head Nepal also attended the meeting. In the mean time, the meeting decided to plan for a residential programme, (The Head Blind School) to enroll the children who are having class in the mobile blind school. Later, the parents discussed their contribution to the programme where their children would recieve a more intensive training. In a lively discussion it was decided that parents would contribute food to the programme. They will bring vegetables and other required food items for the centre. After tea and biscuits the meeting was closed and the parents got on their way through the rain on a long walk back to their villages.
Setting up The Head Mobile Blind School (HMBS):
According to the decision of the first meeting with the parents of the visually impaired children held on 13th of June 2011, Head Nepal set up the units of the Head Mobile Blind School in the selected 8 VDCs and started running the classes. read more about setting up mobile school.
First Meeting with Parents of Visually Impaired Children
Since HEAD Nepal believes in the direct involvement and participation of the local community and the beneficiaries of the project`s implementation, HEAD Nepal's first official meeting with the parents of the blind and partially sighted children was held on 13th of June 2011. The meeting took place at the central office of the organization, Simikot Humla and it was chaired by the founder/executive director of HEAD Nepal, Mr. Chhitup Lama. The parents of all 25 students at Mobile Blind School came to discuss about the most practical and effective way of starting this new project.
This meeting was basically focused on setting up the units of the Head Mobile Blind School in 8 Village Development Committees where visually impaired children were identified. Participants also discussed about the contribution and responsibilities of both, HEAD Nepal and the parents. To read more details about the agenda and decisions of the meeting, read more about the parents meeting 2011
Eye Camp at Simikot
HEAD Nepal also actively participated in an eye camp especially for children below 15 years at the district headquarter, Simikot, organized by Nepal Bal Akha Upachar Kendra and B.P. Eye Center from 27-29 of May 2011. Most of our children from the Head Mobile Blind School attended the eye camp to have their eyes checked. Our two staff members helped there in managing the crowd, preparing the list of the children, counseling the parents of blind and partially sighted children etc. We also had a wonderful opportunity to interact with the ophtalmologists Dr. Madan Upadhaya and Dr. Sunita Shrestha who were involved in the event. We explained our concept of the Mobile Blind School and talked about the work with visually impaired children and the need for special education in Humla.
Identification and Need Assessment of visually impaired Children
HEAD Nepal started its work officially on 15th of May 2011. As a preparation for the first project, the Mobile Blind School, we conducted a survey for identification and needs assessment of blind and partially sighted children in 8 Village Development Committees (VDCs). They are Chhipra, Thehe, Bargau, Simikot, Dandaphaya, Syanda, Khagalgaun and Hepka. This is the initial working-areas of HEAD Nepal in Humla district. Our staff visited all villages of these VDCs and identified 21 blind and partially sighted children and a number of other disabled people. Read The report of each villages