Witnessing positive impact: reflections on an evaluation in Nepal 

Stories | December 5, 2022 | Author: Julie Smith, Senior Quality Advisor at CBM Australia

After two long years of being unable to travel due to COVID-19 lockdowns, CBM Australia staff members are finally travelling again – getting to meet in person the people who work so tirelessly to support people with disabilities to live happy and fruitful lives.  

                       

Recently, I went to Nepal to lead an evaluation of one of our livelihood projects which is helping people earn more income. In this poor area of Nepal, our support can be life-changing.

The evaluation took us off the beaten track. We travelled high into the hills, talking to families who benefited from the project. People who have received animals, such as goats and pigs, which they raise and sell at the market; people who have received agricultural material and equipment used to improve their crop production.

These goats are not only cute but provide people like Maiya with their livelihood.
These goats are not only cute but provide people like Maiya with their livelihood.
Shakher and Januka can now grow more veggies thanks to the greenhouse they built with support from CBM Australia’s livelihood project.
Shakher and Januka can now grow more veggies thanks to the greenhouse they built with support from CBM Australia’s livelihood project.

And the CBM project has supported people with disabilities to access wheelchairs, crutches, white canes, and toilet chairs – all things that can make a fundamental difference in day-to-day life.

It was a real privilege to visit people in their homes and hear from them first-hand about the challenges of living with a disability in a mountainous region, where getting around can be tricky because of the terrible condition of the roads and essential public transport.

And I was so impressed to see the positive impact of the work we support.

CBM acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and thanks our partner, Support Activities for Poor Producers, Nepal. 

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