Community Based Rehabilitation
Community projects work mainly on a self-help group model, where people affected by leprosy, other disabilities and from other marginalised groups are encouraged to meet together on a regular basis, discuss their issues and support each other. These groups are provided with training on group management and income generation. As well as starting micro-enterprises groups are also encouraged to undertake small projects with local communities, seeking to change attitudes and develop a normal level of participation in society.
As well as implementing projects in the Central Region, TLM Nepal is also working in partnership with International Nepal Fellowship (INF) to support leprosy work in Green Pastures Hospital, Pokhara, and equipping INF and Government capacity in the West and Mid-west Region at Banke and Surkhet Clinics. These are funded with support from TLM England and Wales, which has also recently secured funding to undertake a livelihood development project in the Far West Region which will commence at the end of 2015The Ministry of Local Government is the Government body responsible for programmes of community-based rehabilitation in Nepal. TLM Nepal’s project are supervised by this departmentat District and national levels.
Self-Help Groups formed by beneficiaries provide the context for training, mutual learning and motivational activities, major elements to the process of empowerment. After the training, group members identify, prepare for and embarking on income-generating projects of their own choice. The groups are also encouraged to undertake small projects with local communities, seeking to change attitudes and develop a normal level of participation in their local communities.
As Self-help groups mature they are encouraged to form Co-operatives which can then be registered with and funded by the Local Government department, ensuring sustainability for the future.