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Care for Carers – empowering parents of disabled children in Nepal

Proudly supported by the Big Lottery Fund ‘Rebuilding Communities’ programme, Carers Worldwide is delivering a life-changing project in the Kathmandu Valley to reach the carers of children with cerebral palsy following the devastation caused by the 2015 earthquakes.

 

Alongside our local partner Cerebral Palsy Nepal (SGCP) we are addressing the social, emotional, medical and economic wellbeing of carers, mostly mothers who were previously receiving no support at all.

 

Restricted for much of the time to the house, unable to go to work or socialise, many of these carers have been isolated and unaware of their rights. For many, their properties and livelihoods were destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. Excluded from society, they didn’t realise they could access government and NGO support in the weeks and months that followed.

 

The project is raising awareness and establishing carer-friendly services to empower this vulnerable community of carers. Key highlights at the end of year 1 are:

  • 97% of the 366 carers engaged in the project are women, mostly mothers, who now have access to one of 23 local level carers groups established by the project across the 3 districts.
  • 52 carers attended one of the 2 health assessment camps held, carers & partner staff have been trained in disaster awareness and preparedness, and carers are now able to access appropriate counselling support.
  • Carer representatives from the carers groups have formed 3 district level forums to create a stronger collective voice within each district and the capacity of SGCP staff is growing.
  • Identification of sustainable livelihoods opportunities and creation of community caring centres is well underway.

 

Read our Baseline Study Report Caring for Carers of Children with Cerebral Palsy in Nepal

 

“This will show us the way to having our voices heard and recognised. We will work hard to make it sustainable”  – Carer Representative.

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