Sense International established a programme in Nepal, with the initial objective of establishing a National Resource Centre on Deafblindness, to promote an inclusive society where people with deafblindness have access to advice, opportunities and support. 

The programme officially started in January 2017 with Sense International working in partnership with the National Federation of the Deaf Nepal (NDFN), Kathmandu. The project is being guided by Sense International India.

The work in Nepal is addressing the needs of an estimated 570,000 people with mild forms of deafblindness and over 57,000 people with severe forms of deafblindness.

Education and rehabilitation

  • A daycare centre and home-based services have been established for persons with deafblindness in Nepal in partnership with NDFN.
  • We provide needs-based support to eight children and young adults with congenital and acquired deafblindness with the help of special educators and community workers.
  • A relationship has been established with the Ministry of Education to support children with deafblindness in their inclusive education programme.
  • Training of ten special educators and 30 family members to provide quality educational intervention to persons with deafblindness.

Case study: Saurav

A young man climbing a staircase, holding on to the railingCongenitally deafblind, Saurav was identified by our programme in April 2017, having previously attended a centre for deafblindness in 2004/5, where he learnt some mobility and self-care skills.

Following the closure of the centre, these techniques were soon forgotten and Saurav found he had nowhere that could support his learning needs.  Our community based rehabilitation (CBR) workers first assessed his current needs and then developed an individual education plan. 

Mobility was considered a key priority, to enable him to walk properly with support. After six months of intervention, he has made good progress, and his parents are now aware of the proper technique to support him and are also working closely with our CBR workers during their visits.

Vocational training

  • We support five young adults with deafblindness to acquire independent living skills.
  • We work with families of persons with deafblindness to build their skills to undertake income generating activities.

A young man leaning over a shrub, feeling the leavesAdvocacy and campaigning

  • Established a National Resource Centre on Deafblindness to advocate for the rights of persons with deafblindness and to create a larger network of organisations to gain support for work on deafblindness.
  • Established an ‘Advisory Group’ involving five organisations to provide the required guidance to expand the work.
  • Networked with various government departments for education, health and social welfare.

Work in progress

  • We are working to increase our reach to persons with deafblindness and their families.
  • Encourage early identification of babies with sensory impairment in hospitals and maternity wards.
  • Work with young adults to get actively involved in income generation activities.


First published: Friday 6 October 2017
Last updated: Friday 1 November 2019