Nepal Harm Reduction Council (NHRC) is a not-for- profit organization working in Nepal for over 15 years, focusing on improving public awareness in lifelong learning skills, pollution, education, health, human rights and agriculture that make sustainability in the social progress in Nepalese people. We work independently to bring attention and live together to elevate on a new path to improve the socio-economic life of marginalized people. We do this through well planned and comprehensive projects in advance. We partner with NGOs and INGOs to deliver assistance across all regions and sectors in which we work and to promote inclusive in socio-economic growth. We assist countriy for emergency relief work with a motto "be prepared." Our overall goal is the alleviate life standard of the people of Nepal from poor and marginalized communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods.
A premature born now is in his late 60s, He was brought up by his grandmother when his mom left to get second marriage. He is living now with his step mom and brother. Tek Bahadur is popularly known as KAKA. Though his poor perception in hearing and seeing, his art of talking to the people is more attractive. He knows well the person by his sense what sort of person he or she is. He is an unskilled worker and did a lot during his entire life. KAKA is still unmarried. However, he manages to work his daily chores. In a question, he replied that his favourate thing is to smoke.
People we visited in Bange Phatke a part of Phedikhola Village Municipality – 5, Syangja, Nepal are only few example there are many more to see and visit. These people need health care and quality food to consume, however, the UN Sustainable Development been saying that, “social protection has been significantly extended globally, yet persons with disabilities are up to five times more likely than average to incur catastrophic health expenditures.” It is also stated by United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, “Health is a human right and healthcare workers are human rights defenders.”
A migrant child following his mom from his father’s place as she got married to second person from previous village has been living for the last sixty three years. His wife died after giving birth three children, one girl and two boys. All got married and left home with having no care or very little. Living alone in a damaged house by the earthquake, he feels that is the world and life. No compensation has been granted yet to rebuild the earthquake damaged house. He feels more hard time is coming because he cannot manage his daily life just hand to mouth.
Mom, Kaili and daughter, Meena from disadvantaged background live together. After Meena’s birth, Kaili’s husband wanted to get second marriage and wanted to live separately. There was a hard life to manage in her daily life. As Meena was grown up, her symptoms of maturity developed abnormal and disable appeared; by this Meena had slim chances to get a life partner in her life and remained unmarried. They found hard life in her husband’s village and they begun to live in Kaili’s birthplace. They have been living since last eighteen years. In a question, how they could manage their daily life, they answered they go round the village and get some help from the people who are kind.
An excerpt translated in English from Nepali with Kaili and Meena:
Interviewer: What is your expectation for
Interviewee: Momm hmm…. nothing,
daughter to be happy.
The aging process is more problematic the changes are slow, if you’re with the person often you will not
notice the change. However, by mid 60s the changes are more noticeable physically. Old age skin
becomes thinner and less elasticised wrinkles appear, bones become more brittle and more likely to bow,
joints become stiffer and more painful. Height is reduced. Senses work less.
A mid 70s and unmarried had four siblings – two brothers and two sisters. One brother died in the Pakistani and Indian war in 2071 and another died in his young age. The first brother had two kids, boy and girl. Boy lost himself on his job hunt in India; while girl got married. The mom of two kids remarried and left home. One sister had died in her young age after her marriage. Remaining sister died after giving birth five children. Chamanni is seeking help from her sister’s children. By birth she is also a disable, cannot walk properly. In her words what she says is more difficulties days are ahead.
No name was given as his parents called him Kanchha (younger male in the family). Later it came to know that he could not hear and talk as a result he was mute. Father died in his young age and mother later. He had a sister who got married and begun to live with her husband. Lata did not accompany his sister because to follow sister by her brother after marriage is not considered good in the culture. Lata’s nearest cousins were not around so he started to live with his other cousin. He is unmarried. In a sign language question he answers, “I worked when I was strong but now I am getting older and cannot work as I expect.” Another question was, how old are you by counting fingers? He answered, no, I have no friend (shaking his head).