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Being Blind and Disabled in Nepal 
There is no reliable figure for the number of disabled people among Nepal’s 29 million citizens.  Estimates by New Era suggest between 2.1 and 2.9 million although the true figure may be much greater.  But being disabled here in Nepal carries an even greater burden than that imposed by the disability itself.  This is because most Nepali people view disability as a penance to be suffered for sins committed in a previous life.
The notion that people with disabilities have rights equal to other citizens is largely absent from the popular mindset.  Many disabled people are hidden by their relatives to protect the family’s reputation.  For disabled women the situation is even worse.  The Marriage chapter, clause 9 of Muluki Ain (2020 B.S.) permits a husband to marry another woman if his existing wife becomes impaired visually or in terms of mobility.  The same right is not given to women.     
Very few disabled people receive treatment.   This is often due to a lack of knowledge and awareness that the disability or its effects can be treated. But it can also be because the family has no resources to pay for treatment, or because the health facilities do not function properly and the staff have no training on how to deal with the disabilities that they encounter. One major effect of being disabled in Nepal – and one that very few agencies are addressing – is the mistaken belief that disabled people cannot work, cannot be trained to work and must remain dependent and unproductive all of their lives. 
 It is precisely this mistaken belief that the Technical and Skill Development Centre for Blind and Disabled people (TSDCBD) has been addressing, with considerable success, for the past 20 years.

TSDCBD is one of the leading non-profit organizations in Nepal with the mission to improve the living standards of blind and disabled people in Nepal and promote in integration which is located at Nagaun, Kirtipur, and Kathmandu.  TSDCBD is registered in Nepal Government (Reg. No. 295/2047), affiliation with Social welfare council (Reg. 338/2047) and Registered in PAN No.301905406.

TSDCBD’s main objective is to provide vocational training to disabled people, to demonstrate that they can be capable workers, to help them to integrate fully in society, participating equally with others and to help them to find suitable paying work.  TSDCBD does this by training about 350 people per year in a range of skills from chalk-making to English and Office Skills, and from mobile phone repairs to candle making.  It does all this at its residential centre in Kirtipur where students also benefit from health and physiotherapy support, and skills for self employment.  The disabled person’s family is also engaged so they can help the student to set up a self employed operation when the training is complete.\"\"

Training and Activities

TSDCBD conduct thirteen different courses and other supportive activities. Every six month a new group of students follow a maximum of three subjects. After completed the trainings, students able to start their job and own business work. Braille, sign-language, mobility, follow-up in education are also available for students. Additionally we provide medical services, such as surgery, physiotherapy and medication to our students.

After completion of the courses students receive a certificate. According to circumstances, students may be eligible for, one time assistance from the centre in respect of  materials such as chalk and candle dyes, knitting machines, computers, weaving machines, raw materials, mobile repair sets, incense sticks  etc .

Follow Up and After-Care

Approximately 80% of our students are able to find a paid job, start their own business or continue studying at a university after completing the program. The remainder is not immediately ready to use the skills learnt at the center due to various circumstances and may need some extra help. For this group TSDCBD developed an after-care program that offers assistance during a period of 3 to 12 months. We can provide financial help, extra training or temporary income security in the form of a guaranteed price for products made that meet our quality standards. During this follow-up period they have the opportunity to further develop their skills to a sufficient level and eventually become financially independent.
Part of the program of TSDCBD is to educate the family of the disabled. We show them what we are doing and give them proper information on blindness and disability. We want to achieve an attitude change towards disability starting at the family level. As a result, we hope all family members will help with the training and personal development of their child or sibling.
Key Aims & Objectives of TSDCBD
  • To eliminate superstitious beliefs, such as those which hold that blindness & disability are a curse of God.
  • To demonstrate that blind and disabled people are capable workers.
  • To boost the morale of blind & disabled people by giving them training and to help them to find suitable jobs.
  • To enhance the socialisation process of people with disabilities by creating a positive attitude towards disability.
  • To build the capacities of people with disabilities so that they may claim their rights and entitlements from society and the state.
  • To support people with disabilities to be self-reliant through social, economic and medical rehabilitation.
tsdcbdsuccessfull stories

Phulmaya is physically disabled, 31 years of age. Her parents Purna (father) and Charimaya Tamang (mother) had given her birth in 2035 B.S ....................................... + Read More