Kamali Tamang, 22, found herself in distress when the people in her society perceived her to be weak due to her visually impaired condition. “People think I cannot do anything, and that I am weak,” shared Kamali with heavy heart. A resident of Shivapuri Gaunpalika in Nuwakot, Kamali has successfully completed her 10th grade despite of her condition. Her parents are involved in agriculture and livestock rearing. Due to poor economic condition, they often struggle to make ends meet. However, Kamali is determined to be an independent woman and support her parents.
When the information about Disability Identity Card Distribution Camp in Shivapuri came to community people’s notice, Kamali’s father jumped for the opportunity in a hope that it would benefit his daughter. He enlightened Kamali about the importance of having a disability identity card and decided to attend the camp. The camp organized by Purnima programme in coordination with Gaupalika, facilitated in accessing the card for all disable people in Shivapuri. Kamali also received the identity card during which she was further counselled by Purnima team about its significance – the card could help her access education and social benefits provisioned by the Government of Nepal’s law and policies and social security schemes.
During the conversation, Kamali showed interest in learning computer and was aware that she could do so with support from braille scripted system. Purnima, through close consultation and coordination with concerned stakeholders explored and found an appropriate place for Kamali to learn computers – Technical and Skill Development Centre for Blind and Disabled (TSDCBD) in Kirtipur, Kathmandu. Kamali was finally admitted in the centre and is currently learning computer through Braille system.
“At the beginning, I was nervous. But, as the days passed by, I am enjoying my classes,” said Kamali. Due to her condition, Kamali, at times, experienced difficulties in learning computer smoothly, but she kept her hope and continued learning. She feels confident about making a successful career and lead her life independently. “Kamali is a good learner and she also supports other learners in her class too. I am really impressed by her good habits and learning attitude,” shared one of the office staff at TSDCBD.
Today, Kamali is familiar with basic computer skills including Office Word, Excel, Nepali and English typing chart presentations and she can even handle electronic mails on her own. She is determined to attain higher education and apply for jobs after completion of her training.
Purnima’s Leave No One Behind component supports vulnerable community people who were affected by the 2015 earthquakes and have not yet been able to rebuild their houses, livelihood, or access services to reconstruction and recovery.