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Nepal Society of the Disabled

  • Different types of market based income generating trainings have been organized for economically, socially and educationally back-warded PWDs and their guardians residing either permanently or temporarily in Kathmandu valley. The professional skill and capacity of 250 persons has been developed through these trainings.
  • For the first time in the Nepalese history of disabled rights, NSD established a cooperative known as Nepal Apanga Samaj Bahuuddessiya Sahakari Sanstha (Nepal Society of the Disabled Multipurpose Cooperative-NSDMC). This aims at providing self-employment loan to the economically, socially and educationally back-warded PWDs and their guardians residing either permanently or temporarily in Kathmandu valley.
  • In joint initiation of NSD and NSDMC, Apangata Swarojgar Samuha (Disabled Self-employment Group) was established at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu. This group carries out various petty businesses like production of envelope, screen print, book binding, candle production etc. With this, around 6 to 15 PWDs and their guardians get employment annually.
  • After getting access to financial services through Nepal Apanga Samaj Bahuuddessiya Sahakari Sanstha (NSDMC), more than 180 economically, socially and educationally back-warded PWDs and their guardians residing either permanently or temporarily in Kathmandu valley and having no access to financial services, are now capable of carrying out their own businesses.
  • For the purpose of developing capacity, economic empowerment and social inclusiveness of PWDs and their guardians residing at Kupondole, Squatters'residence at Balkhu, Anamnagar, Bhrikutimandap, Balaju Bus Park in Kathmandu Valley, New Durgapur Mainabagar of Rupandehi and Maidi VDC of Dhading district, seven Self-Help Groups (SHGs) have been formed and are being mobilized.
  • Aiming to surface the issues of disabled, a monthly publication called Apanga Shasaktikaran (Disabled Empowerment) has been published by the organization since 2003.
  • In order to ensure the participation of disabled in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and promulgation of disabled-friendly constitution, campaign has been carried out with different activities in 64 districts and five development regions across the country. Such initiatives helped to raise the issues of disabled from local to national level.
  • In order to promulgation of disabled-friendly constitution, a book and a lobbying booklet entitled " Naya sambidhan Ka Lagi Apangata Bhayeka Byakti ko Aawaj 2008 and Apangata Maitri Sambidhanka Lagi Apangata Chhetra Ko Sawal 2008" comprising of issues collected from five development regions across the country were published.
  • Through the publication of Sambidhan Sabhaka Abdharana Patraharuma Abhiyan ko Dharana in 2067, Nagarik Ka Sambaidhanik and Bikas ka Sawal and Sujhawharu in 2065 and Issues of Citizens in 2009, the issues of disabled that are to be incorporated in new constitution have been surfaced.
  • As a result of joint efforts from disabled rights related and other human rights organisations, the Government of Nepal has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Right of PWDs – UNCRPD on 27 December 2009. NSD as a member of Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Centre (HRTMCC) has been lobbying for the rights of disabled since very long time.
  • A visual case study was prepared during a program called Advocacy for Ensuring Representation of Conflict Affected PWDs in Transition Justice in Rukum, Sallyan and Kathmandu districts. As a result of continuous lobby/advocacy based on the visual, the Government of Nepal in the year 2068 extended the time period by one month to register the names of conflict victims for who were unable to register their names in Local Peace Committees (LPCs) during regular timeframe. With this provision, 75 persons have been able to register their names in the LPCs.
  • Due to continuous lobby/advocacy at Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) and Youth Employment Fund, they realized the need to incorporate the disabled and their guardians in their activities. As a result, the PAF has been giving priority to incorporate disabled in their activities 2069 onwards.
  • Due to joint lobby/advocacy efforts of NSD and Nepal Apanga Samaj Bahuuddessiya Sahakari Sanstha (Nepal Society of the Disabled Multipurpose Cooperative-NSDMC), Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) reviewed the Fund Operating Directives of Rural Self-reliant Fund (Gramin Swablamban Kosh) 2069. This facilitated to create the environment for providing loans to the cooperative run by disabled within municipality and metropolis area also.