A brighter future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights(DMCDD006)

Project Detail:

Project Title:

A brighter future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights

Project Code:

NEP-DMCDD-006
Project’s total budget: Npr. 8,660,247

Duration in months:

24 Months
Start and end date: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020
Location Sarkegad Rural Municipality, Humla
Long-term impact Persons with disabilities in Nepal are empowered and able to access their human rights
Specific Objective(s) 1. Persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their family members have improved capacities and knowledge to understand and access their rights
2. Rural municipality policies reflect an improved awareness and attitude towards disability inclusion by relevant stakeholders.
3. Local CSOs in Humla actively engage in advocacy activities promoting the rights of children/people with disabilities.
Outcome 1 Outcome indicator
1. Persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their family members have improved capacities and knowledge to understand and access their rights Increased registration of persons with disabilities at local level.
Increase in PWD/family members surveyed reporting participation in Community activities (community meetings etc).
Output (to outcome 1) Outcome indicator
1.1. Children & other unregistered PWDs are identified and referred to support services. Number of persons with a disability identified by HEAD and provided with information for further services/support
1.2. Persons with disabilities have improved skills for everday living/communication and are aware of their rights Number of persons with disabilities having received tailored training in skills for daily living (mobility, basic numeracy/ literacy and communication skills)
Number of Persons with disabilities demonstrating minimum awareness of rights
1.3. Groups for PWD/their families provide mutual support and advocacy at ward and RM level Number of functioning groups and networks providing mutual support and advocacy platform for PWD and their families
Output 2. Outcome indicator
2. Rural municipality policies reflect an improved awareness and attitude towards disability inclusion by relevant stakeholders. Number of RM with disability inclusive policies
Output (to outcome 2). Outcome indicator
2.1. Community members have positive attitude towards person with disabilities Increase in percentage of survey respondants demonstrating positive attitude towards persons with disabilities
2.2. Duty bearers (local government officials) trained in disability rights and inclusive policy formation. Increase in percentage of survey respondants demonstrating positive attitude towards persons with disabilities
Output 3. Outcome indicator
3. Local CSOs in Humla actively engage in advocacy activities promoting the rights of children/people with disabilities. Number of joint advocacy events by local CSOs for the rights of people with disabilities
Output (to outcome 3). Outcome indicator
3.1. Local CSOs including HEAD Nepal have increased capacity for systematic advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. Number of CSOs with advocacy plan
3.2. Local CSOs have increased organisational capacity and mainstream disability inclusion in their strategy, policy and programs Number of CSOs which have adapted policies to mainstream disabilty inclusion
Number of CSO staff/volunteers trained in project management, fundraising, reporting

Project Background:

Map of Sarkegad RM funded by Danish Mission Councel Development Department (DMCDD), the Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD Nepal) in partnership with Mission East is implementing the project “A Brighter Future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” in all 8 wards of Sarkegad Rural Municipality (RM) of Humla district for two years, (January 2019 to December 2020). The overall objective of the project is to empower persons with disabilities in Nepal to access their human rights and the specific objectives are to improve capacities and knowledge persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their family members to understand and access their rights, rural municipality policies reflect an improved awareness and attitude towards disability inclusion by relevant stakeholders and local CSOs in Humla actively engage in advocacy activities promoting the rights of children/people with disabilities.

Major Activities Conducted Under the Porject:


45 Days Sign Language Braille O&M and DLS Training for Staffs

Sign Language class by Sign Language Consultant Krishna Gajurel in HEAD Nepal From 5th of August 2019 HEAD Nepal is conducting 45 days Nepali Sign Language Training, Basic Braille Training and Orientation, Mobility and Daily Living Skills (DLS) under the project “A Brighter Future Enabling Persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. In the training three field Staff of this DMCDD Project, Teacher and instructor of Mobile School, participant from Sahara Samuha Humla, Himali Baudhik Bahira Awasiya School and Balmandir Secondary School were included. The training will end on 20th of September 2019. The Training is technically supported by Mission East and Financially Supported By Danish Mission Council Development Department #DMCDD

मिति २०७६ साल श्रावण २० गते देखि हिमाली शिक्षा र विकास हेड नेपालले ४५ दिनको नेपाली साङ्केतिक भाषा, ब्रेल लिपि, अभिमुखिकरण र गमनशिलता र दैनिक कृयाकलाप सम्बन्धी तालिम “उज्वल भविष्यका लागि अपाङ्गता अधिकार” परियोजना अन्तरगत सञ्चालन गरिरहेको छ। तालिममा उक्त परियोजनाको तिन जना कर्मचारी, हेड घुम्गती विद्यालयका २ जना शिक्षक र यस बाहेक हिमाली बौद्धिक तथा बहिरा आवासीय विद्यालय, सहारा समुह, बालमन्दिर माध्यमिक विद्यालयका शिक्षकहरुलाई पनि सहभागी गराइएको छ। तालिम आश्विन ३ गते समाप्त हुनेछ। तालिम मिशन इष्टको प्राविधिक सहयोगमा सञ्चालन गरिएको हो।

Hand Overing Terms of Refrence to Sign Language Consultant Krishna Gajurel by Chairperson Namgyal Tamang O&M Class for Staffs








Apangata Kachahari in Sarkegad RM 8 Rahadev.


Participant of Kachari in Sarkegad 8 Rahdev organized by HEAD Nepal Apangata means ‘disability’ in Nepali, and Kachahari refers to a traditional forum of discussion about community issues. On the June 1st Apangata Kachahari was held at Sarkegad RM ward No. 8 Rahdev village. The Kachahari featured a panel discussion about disability related issues, particularly the services and opportunities for persons with disabilities in Sarkegad RM. The Kachahari discussion was conducted with RM representatives, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized communities such as single women, conflict affected families, and senior citizens. The Kachahari panelists were Sarkegad RM Chairperson Mr. Krishna Rokaya, Vice Chairperson Joshi Dhami, Dr. Nabin Rokaya from District Hospital, District Coordination Committee Member Laxmi Budha, and Ward Chairperson Tyare Rokaya. The discussion focused on current programs and activities for persons with disabilities in Sarkegad RM, and what interventions, services, and opportunities are planned for the future. More than 130 attended the Kachahari including local persons with disabilities. The Kachahari was organized by HEAD Nepal under the project “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. The Kachahari was facilitated by Chhitup Lama, Founding Executive Director of HEAD Nepal.

Disability Screening, Identification and Card Distribution Mobile Camp

Disability Screening, Identification and Card Distribution Mobile Camp: HEAD Nepal conducted disability screening, identification, and card distribution mobile camps in Sarkegad RM of Humla district. Hosted by the Sarkegad RM, right after establishing the new card distribution mechanism, the camps were jointly supported by HEAD Nepal and Mission East Nepal. From May 26th to June 4th, camp was conducted in all eight wards of Sarkegad RM registering 374 persons with disabilities.

HEAD Nepal conducted disability screening, identification, and card distribution mobile camps in three RMs: Chankheli, Simkot, and Sarkegad of Humla district. Hosted by the respective RMs, the camps were jointly supported by HEAD Nepal and Mission East Nepal under the project “Children and Hunger” DR002 and “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. From April 23rd to 25th, camp was conducted in Piplang for Chankheli RM and 260 persons with disabilities were screened and identified. From April 25th to 28th, camp was conducted in Thehe and Syanda for Simkot RM ward numbers 1, 2 and 8 and 138 persons with disabilities benefited. From April 26th to May 4th, camp was conducted in all eight wards of Sarkegad RM registering 374 persons with disabilities. Thanks to all RMs for their effective coordination and help during the camps.

New Policy Workshop: Disability card distribution framework in Chankheli and Sarkegad RMs

HEAD Nepal facilitated a one-day orientation workshop on the new disability identity card distribution framework. The workshop was organized by Chankheli and Sarkegad RMs, and technically and financially supported by HEAD Nepal. On April 18th, the workshop was conducted in Piplang of Chankheli RM and on 25th May in Saya of Sarkegad RM. At both workshops, all members from the card distribution coordination committee, ward chairpersons, relevant officers, and authorities participated. The workshop was primarily focused on how to distribute identity card to persons with disabilities. Participants were informed about ten types of disabilities defined by the government of Nepal: nature of the disability and four types of disabilities based on severity. Attendees also learned about the basic methods for screening and identifying persons with a disability. Participants were provided detailed information about proper implementation of the disability card distribution framework and provisions of the coordination committee. With this workshop in both RMs, the new system of disability identity card distribution per government guidelines is now functional.

Induction of the Project DMCDD-006

On May 25th, HEAD Nepal conducted the project induction workshop of “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. The purpose of the initial meeting was to introduce the project to the Sarkegad RM representatives and authorities. HEAD Nepal is implementing the two year project in coordination with Sarkegad RM, with technical support from Mission East, and funding from Danish Mission Council Development Department (DMCDD). The project will be implemented in all wards of Sarkegad RM to enable persons with disabilities and their family members to exercise their rights, advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities, and to build capacity of local CSOs in disability advocacy and developing disability inclusive policy in Sarkegad RM.

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Coordination Meeting with Representatives of Sarkegad RM

Executive Director Chhitup Lama and Tsering Palmu Lama conducting coordination meeting with Chair Person of Sarkegad RM Krishna Rokaya and Chief administrative officer Yogesh Pandey On May 8th and 12th, HEAD Nepal conducted coordination meetings with the chairperson and chief administrative officer of Sarkegad RM at the Sarkegad RM contact office in Simkot. The discussion was focused on coordinating various activities within the RMs of the new project DMCDD006 "A Brighter Future- Enabling Persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights". Discussed were topics including program implementation, utilization of primary data for disability household mapping, beneficiary selection, disability screening camps, and selection of scholarships winners. The meeting resulted in a great start of the activities for new project!

Beneficiaries Household Mapping

Disability Survey to identify persons with disabilities: In March the tool (Questionaire) for Survey for identification of PWD was prepared finalized, and one day oreintation to 3 field staffs on disability identification survey was conducted in the first week of April. The survey was conducted from 5th to 18th April and data entry was done from 19-30 April and completed and shared to Mission East. As the beneficiaries survey result is much higher (477) than the project planned number (349), it is decided that the final beneficiaries will be selected only after the disability screening camp.

A Brighter Future: Enabling Persons with Disabilities

Namgyal Tamang Chairperson of HEAD Nepal  receiving contract of the project A brighter Future Enabling persons with disability to exercise their rights by Alex Ramos of Mission East HQ We are pleased to share with our readers about a new partnership with Mission East Nepal entitled “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to access their rights”. Running from January 2019 through December 2020, HEAD Nepal in coordination with Sarkegad Rural Municipality of Humla district is implementing the project with technical support from Mission East. The project is financially supported through the generosity of the Danish Mission Council Development Department (DMCDD).

Inception Workshop of the project A brighter future Enabling persons with disability in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights Organized by Mission East, the project inception workshop was held on March 11th and 12th in Surkhet, the capital of Karnali province. Participants included KIRDAC; WWS representatives; five Head Nepal staff members including Executive Director Chhitup Lama and Finance Officer Chhomu Lama; as well as three community facilitators Tsering Palmu Lama, Krishna Devi Budha, and Yagyna Bahadur Shahi. Facilitating the event were three representatives from Mission East, Program Managers for Nepal and Myanmar, Alex Ramos Pena, Finance/HR Manager Sajana Shakya Amatya, and Program Officer Rishi Adhikari. All project preparations were completed in the first quarter, and we are ready to implement the planned activities: to assist about 300 households learn how to advocate for their rights in Sarkegad Rural Municipality of Humla district.