Nepal Association of the Blind (NAB)
Nepal Association of the Blind (NAB) is a non-Governmental, non-profit making national organization of the blind, formally established in 1993. The central executive board of the association consists of 17 including 6 blind Women members elected by the General Assembly held every three years. It has 7 Province Committees, 52 district branches, 30 Municipal branches with 3000 general members across the country. It is also affiliated with World Blind Union (WBU) and Asian Blind Union (ABU), National Federation of Disabled Nepal and Social Welfare Council. Its Main purpose is to promote and protect rights and interests of the blind and partially sighted (BPS) people through lobbying and advocacy. Mainly, it works on - Workshops and Seminars for promoting human rights, inclusive education, voters education, disaster risk reduction, inclusion of BVI people in development mainstream, accessibility etc, Capacity Building, Employment Promotion, Income Generation support, blindness prevention and controlling of blindness, Education support, Trainings for the empowerment of BPS people through institution/community based rehabilitation (CBR). At the central level, Association runs computer training, music training, mobility, counseling, audio books production, Braille books printing and Women hostel. The association encourages the branches in conducting vocational training, saving and credit activities, sensitization training, leadership training etc in order to achieve the sustainability. NAB has started registering all the branches in the local district administration office.
Project of NAB
NAB Organizational Strengthening Project at Central Level
Inclusion Project running since 2016: Illam, Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha, Kailali, Surkhet
Rehabilitation Programme Supported by NABP, Norway:
Completed: Chitwan, Dang, Bardiya, Rupendhi, Nawalparasi, Kapilvastu, Mahottari and Makawanpur.
Now Running since 2020: Gorkha, Dhading and Tanahun
Inculsion Project Supported by NABP, Norway:
Completed: Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Ilam Surkhet and Kailali
Running since 2020: Sunsari and Kanchanpur
Empowerment Project Supported by Denish Association of the Blind (DAB), Denmark :
Running Since 2020: Surkhet
Deafblindness Project Supported by Sense International:
Project Running for the people with deafblindness since 2019: Rupandehi
Blind and Partially Sighted (BPS) persons are enjoying self-reliant and dignified life by means of capable NAB.
Empowering the Blind and Partially Sighted (BPS) persons through advocacy, capacity building and practical work so that their rights will be fulfilled and living conditions are improved.
To organise and empower Blind and Partially Sighted (BPS) people to establish their rights as mentioned by UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disability (UNCRPD).
--To increase awareness through Right based advocacy for BPS people and ensure meaningful participation, accessibility and justice
--To increase access to Education and develop blind friendly Information Communication Technology.
--To Rehabilitate and generate Employment opportunities for BPS people.
--To make access to Health services and Treatment for BPS people.
--To Strengthen NAB organisational capacity and expand gradually throughout the country.
--To establish and develop networking with national and international organizations to enhance better cooperation and coordination.