The care for multiple disabled children in Nepal had a difficult start. Getting a handicapped child was considered as a punishment from the Gods …
Care for multiple handicapped children
The care for multiple disabled children in Nepal had a difficult start. Getting a handicapped child was considered as a punishment from the Gods. The last two decennia there has been a change in the urban area. But fitting care stayed behind. The government is still doing not enough to take care of this. They have divided the multiple disabled children in three categories, from low to high. The parents get a monthly allowance from 7 up to 17 euro per month. The average costs for epileptic patients are about 9 euro per month. Some children need very strong medicines which cost more than 20 euro per month.
Many fathers have left mother and handicapped child. The mother often earns not more than 1 euro per day. Livelihood (without accommodation) costs minimum 1,50 euro per person.
There are almost no daycare centers for multiple disabled children. Financial help is most of the time given by a foreign NGO and sometimes there is temporarily help from a foreign individual. The salaries given by the government for caretakers of multiple handicapped children are few and low. These salaries are much lower than those given to teachers of a primary school. Caretakers who get a salary often share this with caretakers who get nothing. As a conclusion we can say that care for disabled and especially for multiple disabled children is bad.
To cover this gap Madat Nepal Foundation has helped with the construction of a daycare centre and buying a bus for the transportation of the children to and from the daycare centre. Our goal is to give this group, children as well as parents, a better life. We are grateful for the help of the Dutch Wilde Ganzen foundation that has participated in the realization of the daycare centre We have asked them again for help to expand the centre with an extra floor and we can start the extension of the building in march 2018. We hope the construction will be finished before the monsoon is starting.
We have made five posters that show five reasons why it is so important to help these children.