Supports all disabled persons of Gulmi, and other districts of Nepal, with community-based projects and programmes that improve their mobility, health, education, human rights and legal counseling, skills’ training and employment, so they live with dignity, self-worth, independence with basic rights in the community.
We believe that “promoting self-help, rather than offering sympathy” to our disabled members is the most effective way for members’ rehabilitation and usefulness in a country that has had a long struggle with militancy, gender inequality, caste system, discrimination, human rights’ violations, political mismanagement and poverty.
When Ms Ganga Rayamajhi (now Chairwoman of Hope Centre) was 17 years old she was fitted with her first set of artificial limbs, having lost both legs as a baby from a kitchen fire.
On meeting Rob Buchanan from a NZ- based organization MEND, in 2004, she decided to set up her own organization to help others, like herself, who had been neglected and wanted help to uplift them.
In 2006 Hope Centre was formally registered locally and nationally and in the last 5 years has steadily grown in capacity and effectiveness, supporting all disabled persons who request help.
In 2009 the permanent Hope Centre ground floor was built on donated land with funds raised by MEND members Charlie Crossley and his Runners, UK, raising 2500 pounds, Harish and Jyoti raising NZ$5000, and Kathy and Len Light donating NZ$5000, a total of NZ$15,000.
In 2011/12 the second floor was built with funds donated by the Petersen family and raised by the Bundeena Support Group in Sydney Australia.
The Hope Disability Centre now established its place as the only such effective, caring rehabilitation centre in this district of 300,000 people.
The other Board Members actively volunteer their time to support the 7 full-time staff who manages the Hope Centre.
Current main funders in 2011 include a UK-based Nepali organization, a US based donor agency, Finnish based agency, Rotary International, Handicap International and MEND from NZ.
By improving the mobility of disabled members and offering skills’ training we aim to help members regain their health, independence, dignity and achieve financial independence. Most disabled persons in Nepal have lower access to opportunities and education, so we also support many members with school fees and help with tools that can generate income, such as sewing machines.
Hope Board and staff also interact closely with local government, the Women’s Development Committee, Army and Police to ensure changes are steadily made to address human rights issues and violations in the district.
Poverty alleviation, community-based health, promoting human rights and access, education, gender equality, skills’ training, disability awareness and counseling are all covered regularly each day at Hope Centre as part of our mission.
Hope Centre also works with the District Women’s Development Committee to enhance disabled members (and women’s) rights and access to government benefits and pension.
Besides rehabilitation services offered at Hope Centre that allow any disabled person in the district to receive low-cost physiotherapy, counseling, hearing aids and referral to medical services, two grants in 2007 and 2010 from ABILIS Finland have allowed the Hope team to provide skills’ training opportunities to disabled members, that is followed-up with micro- credit loans so they can start their businesses.
To identify patients with disabilities Hope Centre carries out regular community-based assessment camps where all village people are requested to bring family members with any disability to receive an accurate assessment and referral for treatment. Hope Centre helps the poor with the cost of corrective surgery and then follows-up all past treatment.
While in the field Hope staff gather data and information about the patient’s families, financial needs and problems at home such as access to toilets and buildings, if any education, if parents are providing adequate care and if parents are abusing them in any way. If problems exist at home then parents are counseled and solutions sought through negotiation and if that fails, by legal means. If parents have alcohol dependency we send disabled youth for stable education to boarding schools.
Hope’s staff and Board have good links to Government through the Assistant Chief Officer who is also a disabled person and who regularly helps Hope Centre with administration and legal matters
Since establishment in 2006 Hope Centre has assessed, counseled and treated more than 2000 disabled persons, while referring and paying for about 500 for treatment to other medical facilities including surgery, limb-fitting and hearing aids.
With two skills’ training grants and financial support from Hope, about 80 disabled youth have gained practical experience to be able to earn an income.
Hope Centre was selected as the most active local NGO in that district. The Hope Board and staff are young, active and keen to make Gulmi District one of the first districts of Nepal that has been fully surveyed and with all disabled patients identified and given some treatment.
- To improve capacity and living standard of disabled.
- To check health of disabled, provide counseling and physiotherapy to improve quality of life.
- Rehabilitation of disabled through education, medication and livelihood programmers.
- Fight to provide to the rights of disabled.
- Avoiding social norms and establishing disable friendly environment.
- To control further disability and developing a positive mind set.
- To provided vocational training and employment opportunities to the disabled and to create an environment for disabled to lead a human life and become self-reliant.
- To conduct programmes to raise awareness for the rights of disabled and provide any help needed.
Functions and Services
- Physiotherapy service
- Health checkup, Counseling and medication facility for disabled.
- Skill training and livelihood training for disabled.
- To provided loan to carry out livelihood programme without any interest for disabled.
- Programme for awareness of disability.
- Audiogram test and hearing aid fitting.
- Provide education support to disabled children with poor economic condition.
- Provide artificial limbs and special shoes.
- Distribution of wheelchair, walker, crutches, white cane and commode chair.
- To establish wheelchair Friendly environment and toilet for wheelchair user disabled.
- Short-term security home operation facility.
- Provide help to support business operation for disabled.
- Ambulance Service.
About Chairwoman & Manager
I am Ganga Rayamajhi, Chairwoman and Manager of the Hope Disability Centre, Tamghas, Gulmi, Nepal.At the age of 4 months both of my legs were badly burned in a kitchen fire accident. When I was 17 years old I was fitted with first set of artificial limbs, during surgery for this at Pokara in 2004 I met Rob Buchanan of MEND and we decided to set up an organisation to help disabled, who had been neglected like myself, and wanted help to uplift themselves. In 2006 Hope Centre was formally registered in Nepal and has steadily grown in capacity and effectiveness, supporting all disabled persons who request help. In 2009 the permanent Hope Centre was built on donated land with money raised and donated by several individuals and MEND.Our Hope Centre supports all disabled persons of Gulmi, and other districts of Nepal, with community-based projects and programmes that improve their mobility, health, education, human rights and legal counselling, skills’ training and employment, so they can live with dignity, self-worth, and independence with basic rights in the community.
We believe that “promoting self-help, rather than offering sympathy” to our disabled members is the most effective way for disable’ rehabilitation and usefulness in a country that has had a long struggle with militancy, gender inequality, caste system, discrimination, human rights’ violations, political mismanagement and poverty.
In 2011/12 the second floor was built with funds raised and donated by several supporters (groups). The Hope Disability Centre now established its place as the only such effective, caring rehabilitation Centre in this district.
Nov/Dec 2011 – Ganga and her companion arrived in the UK as guest of Gulmi Samaj UK which organised a dinner and dance party fundraising on 4 Dec for Hope Centre, she stayed at the home of Chairman Mr. Thapa. A total of £11,124.68 for the Hope Centre in Gulmi was raised. This was a very successful trip and Gulmi Samaj UK is now one of the major sponors of the Hope Centre.
Aug 2010 – One month MIUSA Leadership training course Oregon USA