Building inclusive and climate-resilient communities in Nepal
Stories | October 13, 2022
CBM Australia first started working in Nepal in 2015. Over this time, CBM has engaged in several projects, providing both humanitarian aid and community development activities. But there is still more to be done.
Recently, CBM Australia started a new project in Madhesh Province, supporting people with disabilities and their families by building more disability-inclusive and climate-resilient communities. The project is expected to benefit 1,500 people with various types of disabilities.
This is achieved by raising awareness of the rights of people with disabilities, enabling people with disabilities to participate in local development initiatives, ensuring their needs and expertise is heard, and advocating for local policies and practice to be more accessible to people with disabilities.
Working in an area prone to flooding and drought, the project has a strong focus on building the resilience capacity of the partnering Organisation of People with Disabilities (OPD) and people with disabilities to climate change – piloting climate resilient technologies and working directly with governments to ensure disability-inclusive climate change, disaster preparedness and response plans.
We are excited to be working alongside a new local partner, Life Nepal, and an OPD to create an environment where people with disabilities can participate and enjoy themselves equally alongside people without disabilities.
Having a project that works with – and for – people with disabilities is a first in the project area. The local government has welcomed the project and called for a collaborative effort to increase disability inclusion in the community.
CBM acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
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