- Bungamati, Lalitpur, Nepal
Our mission is to support and take care of children with disabilities, generate public awareness about their needs and rights, and work to remove existing social barriers that are discriminatory and prejudicial to their living a productive and dignified life. We hope to inculcate in them self-belief and 'We Can' attitude.
We envision a society and a nation where children with disability live in an inclusive, barrier-free environment where their humanity is respected with unhindered and unprejudiced access to basic human rights allowing them a meaningful and respectable life.
Our objective is to empower children with disability by providing them with their basic requirements - food and shelter, education, physiotherapy and health care based on their needs.
In the year of 2043 BS I, Daya Ram Maharjan started my teaching career in Adarsha Shaula Yubak Higher Secondary School.And three years later came a blind boy,Jeevan Dangol; who is presently a teacher and music instructor, to be enrolled in the school. By then, I was oblivious to braille scripts. Yet I thought I could teach him for which I taught myself braille. I started teaching him but had to face problems with the books and teaching materials. So I used to emboss the books by hand and make audio books too for him.
Later on, in 2049 BS three Deaf students also came to the school, but without any provision and facilities for teaching the deaf students, we had no alternative than to send them back. This made me unhappy. I wanted to teach them too. So I learned Nepali Sign Language and started to teach them. They were doing satisfactory with their studies and once they passes grade 5 and were upgraded to class 6, it required that they go to the secondary wing of the school, where there were no teacher accustomed to Sign language. That kept an end to their craving for formal education. Guardians of those students suggested that, they be provided with some vocational skills so they can make a living. Hence, I arranged for sewing ad knitting courses for them.
Later on it was realized that it would be good to institutionalize as an organization to render better services, following to the establishment of Disabled Service Association (DSA) in 2054 BS.
We conducted survery in khokana, Bungamati, Dukuchaap, Setidevi and Champi VDCs of Lalitpur to discover there were 268 people with various disabilities. It was when we started home visit services, found Anil Acharya, a left side hemiplegic child in a dreadful condition. After consulting with his parents he was brought to DSA to stay here. Since then it has also been providing residential facilities to the students from faraway.
So DSA at its core believes that even children with disabilities are an integral part of our society and it is their inherent right to lead and live a meaningful life at par and equal to that of a person without disability.