DRC Nepal for children with physical disabilities is situated in Kathmandu’s suburb Gorkana. The DRC complex is located at the foot of a hill and on the banks of the Bagmati River.
The DRC Nepal is home to 55 children aged 4 to 17 years. Seventy percent of the children have a physical disability and there are also some with (also) a mental disability. The rest of them have a background of poverty and / or difficult social conditions. Integration is the key.
Established in 2002, the Disabled Rehabilitation Centre, Nepal is a non-profit, non-Governmental humanitarian organisation registered with the District Administration Office in Kathmandu, Nepal (Registration No: 856/2000) and affiliated with Social Welfare Council and National Federation of Disabled Nepal.
This is what there is in the DRC…
- There are 3 toilets and 2 hot showers (thanks to the solar system 4 Smiling Faces realised) for 55 children and four staff
- There are 4 sleeping rooms
- On the ground floor there is a big veranda that also serves as a classroom, hang out space, tv room during summer and winter
- On the ground floor there is also the excersise/study room (realised by 4 Smiling Faces)
- There is a fully adapted bathroom that is safe to use for children with all kinds of disabilities (realised by 4 Smiling Faces)
- There is a fully adapted kitchen where everybody can learn how to cook (realised by 4 Smiling Faces)
- In the sleeping quarters is not enough space for separate beds for everyone. So many share, which is common practice in Nepal
- Most children have a bag or a small box for their personal stuff
- The DRC Nepal is a single brick building with no heating
The philosophy of the centre is integration. Both children with and without physical disabilities learn that all men are equal. This is a necessary lesson to teach in the Nepalese society, where people with disabilities in general are not treated/supported well. It is therefore important that both groups live together so they can see and experience this for themselves.
The non-disabled children in the DRC have a difficult background of poverty, social conditions (for example one parent families, neglect) or come from very remote areas. Their families are not able to take proper care of them. Most children go home once a year, but some children have been disowned by there families because of their disability.
It is remarkable to see how self-reliant the children are. They can practically do everything themselves and if that does not work, they help each other. Without complaining.
The DRC children spend most of their free time chatting, studying and/or playing on their beds, on the veranda or on a near by field. That’s fine when the weather is nice. But when it is cold in winter or during the monsoon it is less fun. There is no heating in the DRC.