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Sense International wins grant to work with local disabled people’s organisation in Nepal

15 May 2019

Jersey Overseas Aid logo Sense International has been awarded a three year grant by Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) to provide better health outcomes for people with deafblindness in Nepal.

The three year project will see Sense International work with local disabled people’s organisations, including The National Federation of the Deaf Nepal (NDFN). The project group will also work closely with the Nepalese Department of Health.

 The aim of the project is to:

  • improve identification of people with deafblindness
  • improve access to basic health carefor people with deafblindness
  • equip families and professionals with the skills to ensure people with deafblindness build self-care skills
  • reduce stigma and social exclusion.

Alison Marshall, Director of Sense International, said: “We’re delighted to have been granted this funding by JOA. Thanks to the generous award we’ll be able to extend our work in Nepal and transform opportunities for people with deafblindness in the country.”

Dr Roj Nath Pande handing a flowers garland to a Subina, a young girl with deafblindness The project launched this week and Dr Roj Nath Pande, Spokesperson and Joint Secretary for Federal Parliament Secretariat in Nepal, attended the launch. He presented a flower garland to Subina a young girl with deafblindness supported by our programme. During his speech, Dr Roj Nath Pande, who had left sitting parliamen to attend the event, gave his personal and professional commitment to Sense Internationals new programme ‘Healthy Life for people with Deafblindness in Nepal’ and encouraged close collaboration with the government.  

Sense International started working in Nepal in 2017. Since then, we’ve established a National Resource Centre on Deafblindness, advocated for the rights of persons with deafblindness and created a larger network of organisations working on deafblindness. Through the resource centre our local partner, NDFN, offers training on deafblindness to educators, as well as providing support to individuals with deafblindness to gain skills to live more independently.

 

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 4 April 2018