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Message of support for Ankur Foundation for Inclusive Education in Nepal

29 April 2015

A famous landmark in Nepal

It’s hard to imagine what the people of Nepal are going through at the moment and probably impossible to think about how children with disabilities and their families are coping.

Nevertheless there is a deafblind programme in Nepal that we are acutely concerned about. Communication has been through our colleagues at Sense International India and we understand the centre needs our support.

Following the tragic earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, Sense International today sent a message of support to the Ankur Foundation for Inclusive Education. Ankur Foundation came into existence in 1977 and the first ever inclusive education programme for children with disabilities was conceptualised in 1995, when Mr. Madhav Prasad Aryal came to know about the programmes for multi-disabled / deafblind children at a conference in India. They have set up a small resource unit for deafblind / multi-disabled children in the regular school. The staff have also worked in a further 10 districts and identified over 100 children with deafblindness. At this point in time we have no way of knowing how they are coping.

Chief Executive of Sense International, Gill Morbey, said:

"All of us have been profoundly moved and saddened by the images and footage from Nepal in the last few days.

"It is particularly worrying to imagine the difficulties that are being faced by those adults and children with sight and hearing loss and how they are going to make sense of the situation around them. All our thoughts and prayers are with those struggling to survive."

UPDATE (22/05/2015): We received the sad news from Madhav Prasad Aryal that a child with visual impairment who was supported by the Ankur Foundation, and her elder sister, had died in the earthquake. A staff member in Bhaktapur District also lost his house, which was completely destroyed. Mr Aryal has started to visit the districts the Foundation works in with college students as volunteers and resource teachers.

You can read more information about the Ankur Foundation's work with deafblind people (PDF).

Please donate to the Ankur Foundation

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019