Thanks to Keshav who keeps me up to date on all the goings on at the SCI Hostel these days. When I look at how busy the kids are, not only at school but also with sports and outings, I am thankful this little island off the west coast of Canada, can make such a difference to these young lives.
Take a look for yourselves ….
For any of you who have visited Nepal, you will know the roads are dreadful. For the past few years the government have been laying water pipes throughout the city, causing havoc for pedestrians and traffic alike. Just when that work finished, they dug up the road again to enhance the storm sewers, it’s a never ending sea of mud!
With a large population of wheelchair users living in the Jorpati area, they organized a protest rally. It seemed to work as the road crews were out a few days later trying to improve the small road outside the SCI Hostel.
After the rally, the group was invited to the Prime Minister’s residence for a meeting, who then referred the group to the Finance Minister. The hope is in addition to the roads, a Npr 5,000 / CAD $60 monthly payment is paid to all those with disabilities to help cover food, shelter and medical expenses. Future meetings with the Minister of Social Welfare and Minister of Health is also planned … this will be a very long process. But it’s great to see such activism!!