Our passion, which we share with our partners and volunteers, is to enable children and young people to manage their physical disabilities and learn skills which will enable them to live independently as adults. Here we share a few success stories. The young people’s names have been changed to protect their identities.
Rabin came to DNC as a young boy with severe injuries to his leg and foot. While at DNC he had several operations and much physiotherapy to strengthen his damaged leg muscles and to enable him to walk normally.
With the help of NCT he did very well at school and college after he left DNC.
It was always his dream to be a documentary film maker. We sponsored him along with a partner organisation, TRIFC, to do a degree in documentary film studies and he graduated last year with a 1st class degree. Rabin has recently assisted film-maker Jon Jacob in making a short independent film in Kathmandu about the work of NCT.
“Rabin has an innate skill composing shots. This, combined with his warm and welcoming personality, means he is able to capture touching documentary material with the minimal amount of intrusion. His appetite to learn more underpins a fierce ambition to tell stories which will, no doubt, inspire others to do the same.“ Jon Jacob
Kopila came to DNC at the age of around six years. She came from a very poor family living in an extremely remote area of Nepal. She had had polio and was very lame. For many years she walked using only one leg with the aid of a crutch.
After intensive physiotherapy she can now walk with just a calliper for support. With good education at school and in college, funded by NCT, Kopila did well in her studies and is soon to graduate as a radiographer.
Currently she is doing an internship at a local Kathmandu hospital. She says: “I am so grateful to NCT for their support. They have helped me with my education, to get training for my life and I couldn’t do it without their help.”
Sarosh came to DNC two years ago with cerebral palsy. He was extremely shy and had speech and swallowing difficulties. His mobility was very limited.
Whilst at DNC he attended school and also had regular speech and physiotherapy. His speech and swallowing improved significantly and he learned to walk with callipers.
Last year we arranged for Sarosh to be transferred to SERC school which provides more specialist rehabilitation along with independent living skills. We pay for him to stay in the school’s residential hostel and to attend school every day. In addition to continuing therapies he is now being taught how to run a shop so that he can return to his family in the village to help them run a small store. He is doing extremely well.
Shanta is 14 years old and was admitted to DNC in 2010. She had been discovered by a journalist sitting in her wheelchair on the Kathmandu ring road where she was left every day while her mother went to work on a building site.
Shanta was brought to DNC for a medical assessment. She had a benign spinal tumour that had never been treated, sadly resulting in permanent nerve damage and paralysis. She remained at DNC where she was treated for pressure sores requiring skin grafts. She was then enrolled in school where she is doing well.
With continuing intensive therapy to support the muscles of her upper body, we hope Shanta will be able to have bladder and bowel training which, if successful, could be life changing.