How we work

We work tirelessly to make sure that children with disability in rural Nepal get a chance at quality life. Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center has been on the mission since 2001.

Since its establishment in 2001, Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center has been striving to provide quality life to handicapped children in rural Nepal. We aim to provide food and shelter, vocational training and basic education to the needful to ensure that they have a chance at an independent, bright future.

Education

In 2013, UNICEF Annual Report for Nepal stated that children with disabilities in rural Nepal and girls with disabilities are the most disadvantaged, with only 69 per cent of girls with disabilities in rural areas ever being enrolled in school.

Rip children off education and their future will be directionless. Do the same to children with disability and their future is lost forever. Research has shown that when children with disabilities aren’t provided education, it also strips them off of any socialization with peers, leading them to isolation and psychological illness. At Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center, we are not only working towards providing education, both vocational and basic, to children with disability but also battling social norms and attitudes that go against education for the disabled.

Food and Shelter

A report from World Bank showed that in 2013, 25.2 per cent of population in Nepal was below poverty line. Most of the people in this category belong to rural Nepal. Add to that the skyrocketing price of food, and the most vulnerable group in rural Nepal is children.

Sometimes it is the very basic need that children are deprived of. A healthy meal three times a day and a warm shelter goes a long way in shaping the minds and bodies of disabled children. Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center is adamant to ensure that the needy are met with their basic needs.

The children under our roof are given healthy, nutritional meal that is core to the strength of the special children. They have a warm bed to go to in the cold of the evening and a place to call home, friends to be called family. We are also constantly pursuing to reach more kids and families with disabled kids, to not only help them with food but to also educate them of the need of healthy meals for handicapped kids.

We are also a participant of the Child Development Center so that children in the ages of 3-6 years of age can have basic facilities and socialization.

 

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Mamta and Her Struggle

Mamata was diagnosed with polio when she was 12 and had since been unable to make use of the full potential of her legs. Five years back when she came to us, she was using an improvised wheelchair that was too big really; more like a cart. Once she had decided to stay with us, we provided her with a wheelchair. She had never had any education previously. At Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center, she was introduced to letter and words.

Gaurav, 12 – Morang

Gaurav was 7 years old and had legs that had been severed by polio when we encountered him. He couldn’t walk and because his parents couldn’t afford mobile aids, would either be sitting idle at the porch or slugging around, which caused severe bruises and wounds all over his legs . With parents at the farm and a 10 year old sibling off to school, Guarav would be home alone most of the time, with nothing to do but wait and develop an erratic behavior.