108 new houses for people with disabilities
40 additional houses renovated
3 disability friendly public toilets
1 Village Development Committee building
training and capacity building
GRACE FOR EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS
[Gorkha Rehabilitation and Community Empowerment]
When the GRACE team first met Dambar Bahadur he was a broken
man. His house was destroyed and his stored grain was lost. He was living in a temporary bamboo shelter facing a future of despair.
Today he stands tall and smiling, dressed in his finest topi and waistcoat, proudly telling the story of how intervention from GRACE has restored his life, replacing sorrow with hope.
Dambar Bahadur has faced much discrimination in his 62 years.
After losing sight from one eye at the age of 13, and suffering low vision in the other, he was often humiliated because of his disabilities.
Dambar was working in the fields when the earthquake struck. Returning home he found his house and his possessions destroyed. Though he wept bitterly amongst the rubble, he recalls being thankful to be alive.
GRACE staff met Dambar while evaluating earthquake victims and assured him they would be able to provide help. Dambar Bahadur and his wife, Somi, received funding to build an earthquake resistant
house on the site of their previous home. Their new house is now
complete and they have plans to open a shop in their front room
once they have settled in.
Having also joined a newly formed Self-Help Group Dambar is now able to be involved in advocating for others with a disability, and encourage others to plan for the future of their community.
What GRACE has achieved so far
To date, ten accessible and resilient homes have been completed and over 50 of the planned 108 houses for people with disabilities are under construction. The building of three schools has begun and planning is underway for another two. More than 70 Self-Help-Groups have been formed and their membership includes more than
700 people with disabilities.