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Khem Raj Giri, from Nepal, pictured with his mother Krishna, was born with a physical disability and spent much of his life marginalised from his community. Since joining the Gatishil Self-Help Group, Khem has felt valued and included and has been able to play a more active part in community life.
Khem’s Self-Help Group is part of an integrated project by TEAR’s partner International Nepal Fellowship (INF). Working with communities like Khem’s, INF helps promote inclusion and participation through groups that include people of all abilities.
In the Gatishil Self-Help Group, made up of men and women from Khem’s village, everyone’s voice is heard – including Khem’s. Group president Bir Bahadur Giri says, “We came to know about equal inclusion through the project. When we see people with disabilities our heart is melted”. There are at least three people with disabilities in this group.
With the support of the group and inclusion in all aspects of village life, Khem is not only able to reach his God-given potential. He has also been able to access a wheelchair through another funding partner of INF. He says: “I’m now able to move around the village. Before I had to lie on the ground all the time and was living a limited life. I feel happy getting around my neighbourhood and being able to attend social events such as weddings and ceremonies.”
The group meets together regularly and has addressed issues in their village such as sanitation, by encouraging households to build latrines and dispose of rubbish. Members have learnt the importance of unity and working together. It has also addressed some of the disaster risks in their area, by accessing funds from the Village Development Committee to build three large drains; to improve road access in the rainy season.
The group president says of the group’s dreams for the future: “Our dream is that we would blossom like a rhododendron. That women wouldn’t lose their lives during pregnancy because of lack of access to a medical clinic. That from birth to old age each person would be comfortable. That every community member would have their own income and ability to earn a living, and that we would be safe from floods.”
About our partner
International Nepal Fellowship (INF) is a Christian organisation "serving the physical and spiritual needs of Nepali people". Its mission is to see people experience fullness of life.
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