Profiles of Visually Impaired Children

Head Office Building Children Group Photo with Chhitup

All the children mentioned on this page are with visual impairment enrolled in the hostel in 2012. They are currently staying at the Head Nepal hostel and successfully integrated in the main stream regular school in Shree Balmandir Secondary School in different grades. Everyday in the morning and evening and on holidays as well, they study and practice both regular study and other so many of extra-curricular activities such as, music, computer training with screen reader software, games, danceing gardening etc. in the hostel. During the day, from 10 A M to 4 P M they attend regular class in the school.

The children enrolled in 2012:

1. Chhaya Sunar:

Chhaya Sunar

Chhaya is 17 years old and studies in grade 10 and preparing for SLC in the local regular school. She is partially sighted and night blind. Due to her partial sight Chhaya is not able to read the blackboard even though she sits in the first row. As she has difficulties reading printed textbooks, she can hardly complete her homework. Her teachers are very helpful, but her colleagues don't assist her much. She has few friends at school due to her partial sight; she finds it difficult to study with her sighted peers. Chhaya joined to the Head Mobile Blind School in May 2011. Now she is living in the Head Nepal Hostel. Chhaya is happy to learn Braille. She already knows the Nepali and English alphabet and is able to write short paragraphs and can also read them. She believes that Braille will help her a lot with her future studies and she wants to learn as much as the HEAD Nepal blind school will teach her. Chhaya also learns computer skills with the use of a screen reading software in the Head Blind School. Chhaya has five siblings. Her younger brother is also partially sighted and attends the HEAD Nepal Blind School. Her parents are farmers. They don't want Chhaya to help in their work due to her partial sight. Therefore she sometimes feels uncomfortable just staying at home without helping in the daily work. Chhaya's family belongs to the group of the Dalit (untouchable/lower cast) in Nepali society. Though the situation of the lower cast people is changing, their status in society is still low.

2. Harimaya Upadhya:

Hari Maya Upadhya

Harimaya is 18 years old and studies in grade 11 of |Higher secondary school. She is partially sighted, so she is not able to read what is written at the blackboard even though she sits in the first row. She also has big problems to read the small print of textbooks. Teachers are very helpful, but Harimaya doesn't have many friends due to her partial sight. It is hard for her to study together with her sighted peers. Braille will help her a lot to make her studies more easy and effective. Harimaya had never heard about Braille before, but now she is very happy to learn it. She already knows the Nepali and English Braille. It is her dream to visit foreign countries in the future. After school Harimaya wants to become a teacher.

Harimaya has a sister and two brothers. Her father has already passed away, so her mother is the only one responsible for the education of her four children. The family lives from farming which is not effective in the rocky landscape of Humla.

3. Gorasingh Bohora:

Gorasingh Bohora

Gorasingh Bohora is totally blind by birth and was born in a low class family. As the general understanding of the public about people with disabilities is very narrow in Nepalese society, Gorashingh also was not safe from the conservative way of behavioring. He never had chance to go to school. Rather he was just taken as a matter of pity in the community. Nobody could see a better future for the boy. He was just kept at home doing nothing. When the instructor of the Head Mobile Blind School visited the village, he found Gorashingh Bohora and joined him to the unit of the school. Gorashingh made tremendous success/progress after having joined the Head Mobile Blind School. Actually, he had never been to regular school before. Now he can read and write in Braille. He also can walk independently with the help of a white cane that we provided and taught him to use. Now he can independently perform his daily living activities and he can even help his family in house-hold works. Though Gorashingh is totally blind, he can bring water from the public tap using the white cane. Last year, Head Nepal joined Gorashingh to regular school in grade 3. And now he studies in grade 5. He has been the best student in the Head Blind School since he has joined the programme. Now the people around Gorashingh can sense his big success and start to believe in his potential.

4. Jaga Bahadur Bohora:

Jaga Bahadur Bohora

Jaga Bahadur Bohora is 15 years old and comes from the Syanda Village Development Committee. Now he moves from grade 8 to 9 in the Balmandir Secondary School in Simikot. Before we set up the hostel, he studied in Syanda itself up to grade 5 despite of the fact that he is partially sighted and has a lot of difficulties in the class and with his friends. He has attended the class in the Head Mobile Blind School for a year and has learned a lot of things such as Braille reading and writing, orientation and mobility skills etc. Recently Jaga has joined the Head Nepal Hostel in order to continue his studies. Jaga has 5 members in his family and his parents are farmers. He has two siblings, a younger sister and a younger brother. They go to the local school in Syanda.

5. Rahul Lama:

Rahul Lama

Rahul Lama is from a very remote village called Dojam under the Thehe Village Development Committee. He is 13 years old and joined regular school in 2012 in grade 1. He passed grade 1 with very good score. He is the third topper in his class in the final examination. Due to his partial sight, his family did not join him to school before. After Head Nepal launched The Head Mobile Blind School, the instructor encouraged his family to enroll him in regular school. After he joined the Head Mobile Blind School, he has made a big success in reading and writing both in Braille script and regular printings and even in communication skills and self hygiene. Rahul lives in a family with 7 members all together. He is the only child with visual problem in his family. His parents are also farmers. Though farming is the main occupation of the majority of people in Humla, it is neither reliable nor is it enough for the entire year. Since Rahul`s family lives below the poverty line, they find it very challenging to support their children`s education.

6. Sapana Shahi:

Sapana Shahi

Sapana Shahi is 10 year-old child from the neighboring Village Development Committee of Simikot, called Dandaphaya. She is also a partially sighted child. She lost her left eye sight completely due to an injury at the age 4. Her right eye sight is also getting low. Though she joined the Head Mobile Blind School in May 2011, she could not continue her training because her parents took her to Kathmandu for her treatment. However, she now lives in the Head Blind Hostel and studies in grade 5 from this Chaitra. She has good position in the class. Sapana has 5 members in her family: her parents, a brother and a sister. Her sister is also physically challenged. Sapana's parents are also farmers. Her father often goes trekking with tourists as a porter to make some money for the family. Sapana's parents are very supportive for her.

7. Gaugora Bohora:

Gaugora Bohora

Gaugora is a totally blind girl. She never went to school although she is already 16 years old. Together with her parents and three siblings she lives in a village of Humla. Usually she used to stay at home without doing anything, therefore she didn't see any hope and perspectives for her future. But now she is very excited and has high expectations to receive an education with HEAD Nepal. "If anyone or any organization provides education to a child like me, they will be a God for me" she says. She passed grade 5 and move to grade six this year in the regular school. She is very good in singing as well.

8. Subas Sunar:

Subas Sunar

Subas Sunar is the younger brother of Chhaya. He has very low vision and he finds it very difficult to read the regular printed books and even what is written on the blackboard in class. He succed in grade 5 and contuniu his study to class 6 from the Chaitra in the Balmandir Secondary School close to the Head Nepal Hostel. He is quite smart to learn. He also likes playing and chatting with his friends in his school and in the hostel. Due to extreme poverty Subas's parents cannot provide him warm clothes and even school uniform. He is always overlooked in his community. Subas is also learning Braille writing and reading along with the printed text books which he finds very difficult to read.

9. Laxmi Shahi:

Laxmi Shahi

Laxmi Shahi is from the village called Panglathum in Dandaphaya Village Development Committee. She is 12 years old. Before we met Laxmi, she did not go to school at all because her brother did not want her to go to school. Instead, he let her work at home, even grazing cattles in the jungle although she only has partial eye sight. She never knew feelings like parental love because when she was two years old, her mother died and two years later, her father passed away as well. Laxmi faced a lot of difficulties in proper feeding, clothing and care from her family. She has two brothers, a sister-in-law and a sister but none of them is supportive of her. She became partially sighted due to very poor hygienic circumstances and lack of proper caring. In 2011 She was a student in the Head Mobile Blind School and she joined the Head Nepal Hostel and currently She passed grade 4 with higher marks in the class. and 2nd higher marks in entire school in the local school. Laxmi is a very good student. Now she is experiencing what it is like to have an own, home-like environment and proper care in the hostel.

10. Sunamyanjom Lama:

Suna Yanjom Lama

Sunamyanjom Lama studies in class 10 and preparing for SLC EXAMINATION in Balmandir Secondary School in Simikot along with her 40 friends. She is from Hepka Village Development Committee (VDC). Suna Yanjom joined Head Nepal since July 2012. Currently she lives in Head Nepal hostel and continues her further study. She is 16 years old and very good in study and extra-curricular activities as well. Her right eye is completely blind and she also finds difficulty with left eye though it has quite good sight. She feels uncomfortable being with her friends in school and village due to her eye problem. Sunamyanjom therefore had especial classes in counseling and training in self-confident/self-steem along with the regular activities in Head Blind School. As a result, now she is very confident in her studies and other many activities in the hostel. Currently she is the monitor of the general session in the hostel. She takes care and control the kids in the absence of teachers.

11. Shailesh Jethara:

Shailesh Jethara

Shailesh jethara is the youngest child in Head Nepal hostel. He is just 5 years old. Shailesh is from Simikot itself and his parents live in Simikot. He has recently joined to regular school. Shailesh is very smart and ever smiling child. Everyone in the hostel loves him very much. he is a partially sighted with quite low vision. Though his parents tried their best to treat his eye problem, it could not get cured yet. Now he is learning a lot of things in Head Nepal Hostel such as reading and writing, mobility skills, daily living skills, English speaking etc. Shailesh has a sister and she goes to local government school. His parents are very happy and supportive towards the services of Head Nepal for the blind and partially sighted children. After three months he joined Head Nepal, Shailesh was sent to Kathmandu for his further study. Now he is studying in Namuna Machhendra Secondary School Lagankhel Lalitpur.

12. Rangita Nepali:

Rangita Nepali

Rangita is 4 years old and doesn't go to school yet. Her parents noticed that she is partially sighted because she usually keeps her head down trying to take objects close to her eyes. Especially with sunshine she cannot see well. While walking, Rangita often falls down and her parents have to carry her most of the time. Rangita has a sibling and her parents are farmers. They live in a small village about three hours walk from the district headquarter. As she is a very small child and very weak physically as well, we sent her back home for few years. She will join to the center after two years.

If you would like to support these kids one way or other, we welcome you to contact us to the following address:

E-mail: chhitup@headnepal.org

Telephone (Office): +977-87-680216

Mobile, Mr. Chhitup Lama, Executive Director: +977-9841649462