Meeting the Deaf Community in Nepal was not only inspirational but rewarding. In countries like Nepal, where there is a huge problem of discrimination, not only from society but from their families, most people tend to think that Deaf people are not capable of being educated or employed. So it’s is important to eliminate these convectional beliefs and work towards people’s perceptions towards the Deaf community.
Whether organisations put an enormous effort to empower deaf people by giving them access to sign language, life skills, employment opportunities, Nepal also have those whom are already in the position of having their own business or working independently.
During our stay in Nepal we met several people from the Deaf Community. They are now our friends. From spending time with them, meeting their families, celebrating various festivals together, countless tea breaks and days chatting away, to immersing ourselves in their culture, daily life and jobs.
It was a pleasure to meet each one of them and understanding a little more about their jobs and businesses.
We are very fond of the people we met, and hopefully will see their businesses grow and able raise awareness that Deaf people CAN DO anything.
Dapendra and Pramila Shakya
Co-Owners of Hotel Metropolitan Kantipur – Kathmandu
Alongside with the family, Dapendra and Pramila run the Metropolitan Hotel, and receive dozens of Deaf from all the world every year. Their hospitality and charisma had us staying with them for over two months.
Suresh has been working as a Guide in Nepal for over 10 years. His expertise is the Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara and Kathmandu Valley. Besides working with Deaf, Suresh also has Hearing clients from time to time.
His services include:
Tourism: tour guide in Kathmandu Valley & Pokhara, suggestions regarding good restaurants and souvenir shops, able to get discount at some tourist sites.
Trekking: guidance regarding necessary documents, helping finding good quality trekking shops for reasonable prices, several day treks and trekking around Annapurna Circuit.
(If his clients are Deaf, Suresh is able to put them in touch with the Nepali Deaf Community.)
Facebook: Suresh Deaf
Owner of Monju Guest House – Everest Region
After his parents passed away, Pemba inherited a huge block of land up in the Himalayas, alongside a Guesthouse. Him and his wife have two children studying and living in Kathmandu, while they both manage the Guesthouse at 2,800 metres of elevation.
If heading to Namche or Everest Base Camp, you surely cannot miss the opportunity to meet them and enjoy the Sherpa’s hospitality.
Creative Hands of Deaf Women – CHDW’s aim is to empower, educate and improve life skills of Nepali Deaf Women. Not only they focus on teaching deaf women sign language but also various life skills training, which will benefit them to pursue a better life.
This non-profit organisation does not receive any kind of funds/help from the Nepalese government. CHDW is fully run on associations from abroad and from the local community.
Kalpana Bajaracharya, President
Facebook: Creative Hands of Deaf Women (CHDW)
Yes Helping Hands – Helping Hands, Fair Trade Shop – provides training and employment opportunities for Deaf and Blind people in Nepal. At Helping Hands Handicrafts employees weave and knit scarfs, blankets, hats, ponchos, etc. All from 100% natural pashmina, cashmere, silk and wool. At Helping Hands SPA employees are trained in all types of massages and SPA treatments. Not only this is a great way of helping and supporting the local community but also the opportunity to meet fellow Deaf people. They are located both in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Deafway – Deafway is a registered charity based in the UK that has been working in partnership with Nepalese Deaf organisations for over 15 years. By working with local partners to provide regional sign language and basic education projects they have changed the lives of hundreds of Deaf children and adults for the better. Deafway have also established two schools for Deaf children in Pokhara and Sindhuli and currently run a project supporting older and vulnerable Deaf people in the Kathmandu Valley.
Dipawali Sharmacharya, Social Worker
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