Nepal

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.


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…

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News

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

Remembering the Nepal Earthquake two years on

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Blog

Members of CBM’s partner the Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA), wearing face masks and preparing to deliver emergency relief packages to people in need.
10th Sep 2020

Coronavirus stories from Nepal: #RealLifeHeroes working on the frontline

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