NCBL is planning to launch the Educating Children with Disabilities Program (ECDP), which will focus on providing educational opportunities to conflict-affected disabled children. NCBL currently conducts an ongoing project called the "Girl Child Education Program (GCEP)" in which over 200 girls have received educational scholarships. NCBL has had great success in this project and wishes to expand by sponsoring the educational expenses of at least 10 disabled children for 1 year at a time.
During and after the conflict, thousands of civilians, many of whom were children, were injured or killed from explosives. Disabled children are discriminated against in their own community as they are viewed as a burden. Parents no longer wish to invest in their future by sending them to school; some even abandon them or use them as beggars in the streets to earn money. At a time in their life when children just want to be included, they are ignored by their own community and the government.
This project will financially support the educational expenses of at least 10 disabled children for 1 year. Educational expenses include: school fees, uniforms, school supplies, transportation and housing (if necessary). Apart from providing this immediate support, NCBL will also advocate for their rights by encouraging the government to implement existing legislation in light of the fact that Nepal has signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Education is inexplicably tied to the overall development of a country. NCBL will search for opportunities to extend financial support for these children's education so that this project can sustain itself uninterrupted over the long haul. We want this project to encourage other organizations and donors to participate in empowering disabled children and to convince civil society that children with disabilities, if educated, can still make positive contributions in their own communities.
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