3 people walking to relief camp following Nepal earthquake.
  • 4.3m People with disability [1]
  • 228,565 People who are blind [2]
  • 25% People live in poverty [3]

Located in the Himalayas with a population of over 28.5 million people, Nepal is working to recover from a series of recent disasters that have hit the country.

Heavy flooding in 2017 followed a gradual economic recovery that had been achieved despite massive earthquakes in 2015 and the continuing legacy of a decade-long insurgency that ended in 2006.

High levels of deprivation continue to affect a quarter of the population who live below the poverty line. Nepal ranks low on the UN Human Development Index, a measure of people’s well-being in a country. CBM has been working with partners in Nepal since 1982, preventing blindness, improving health and helping people with disabilities go to school, earn a living, access health care/rehabilitation and secure respect in their communities.

Since the earthquakes in 2015, CBM has been working to provide humanitarian assistance to people with disabilities and injuries in some of the worst hit areas, and to ensure that people with disabilities are involved in “building back better” after the disaster.

  • [1] 15% of population - WHO estimate that 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.
  • [2] IAPB, Vision Atlas.
  • [3] World Bank.

    In action

    Emergency response: Nepal earthquake

    On 25th April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, leaving over 8,000 dead and many thousands more injured or…

    Read more

    Transforming lives

    Purna Maya sitting in her wheelchair outside her destroyed house.

    Purna Maya

    A volunteer came to our house to ask about Purna Maya and the loss due to the earthquake. I was happy that some organisation had the time to think about disabled people…

    Read more
    Rajesh was paralyzed from birth and is now is an organic farmer.


    “I have always tried to help with the farming, but my abilities were not recognised in the family, or in the wider community… Now I have respect from them. They see me as a person, a successful person.”

    Read more


    A line of women waiting for emergency services following the earthquake
    25th Apr 2017

    Remembering the Nepal Earthquake two years on

    Read full story


    Kirsty Smith sitting on a woven matt talking to women affected by Nepal earthquake.
    31st Jul 2015

    We need to build back a better Nepal with disabled people

    Read full story

Keep up to date! Enter your email to receive information about our vital work, appeals and events as well as how you can make a difference.

Please complete the fields below: