December 5 is celebrated as International Volunteer Day (IVD) every year to commemorate the achievements of volunteers toward creating a better planet with their contributions stemming from the programs relating to poverty eradication to fight against HIV/AIDS and climate change and many others.
Few months ago we had the opportunity to welcome two new interns in our organization. These committed young social work students who, besides studying and being engaged in the internship, also work part time in the evening in a customer service of a major cable television network.
On August 6, the Nepali parliament endorsed the Disability Rights Bill, potentially heralding a new era for persons with disabilities in the country. It was a great achievement for the National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal (NFDN) and it was long overdue.
Persons with disabilities face insurmountable challenges in Nepal and so far no advocacy work has been effective enough to bring about radical changes in their lives. With data from the National Census 2011 at the best debatable, there is no certainty on the exact number of persons with disabilities living in Nepal.