Mountain treks, tsunami assistance and charity grants – Livability International news
Livability International work with partner organisations to develop essential healthcare and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Many of the people they work with are extremely poor and may not survive without the services provided by Livability International.
Nepal’s Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre continues to expand
This year Livability started an employment programme with the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) in Nepal with a grant of £6,000 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland.
The project supports patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) to become financially independent when they return to their communities after receiving rehabilitation services at SIRC. Adults with SCI face barriers to employment with a global unemployment rate of more than 60%, they are also 2 – 5 times more likely to die prematurely.
The employment project focuses on supporting 80 disabled people to either start up their own business or to find employment within a year.
Livability is hopeful that this project will inform similar programmes in other parts of Nepal and increase opportunities for more disabled people to break the cycle of poverty.
Ram Bahadur Tamang’s wheelchair Yaatra
After 26 days on the road Ram Bahadur Tamang from Nepal completed his Lumbini Wheelchair rally, 10 days ahead of schedule.
Ram travelled 366kms in his wheelchair across rough terrain, alongside buses, lorries and all manners of transport. His aim was to raise awareness of spinal injury and to raise funds for poor patients to access rehabilitation services.
Ram sustained a spinal injury when he was 28 year old which forced him to use a wheelchair. He is now 31 and is a vocational trainer at Livability’s partner organisation, the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, where he helps to train patients and their carers to produce high quality handicrafts.
He also campaigns hard to raise awareness of SCI in Nepal and for the government to improve the support that they provide to persons with disability.
Ram completed his 366 km Wheelchair Yaatra (spiritual procession) on 18th April 2014 at the birth place of Gautam Buddha!
Click here if you would like to support Ram.
£1,500 grant from the Fisher Foundation
Livability was delighted to receive a grant of £1,500 from The Fisher Foundation to support our work in Asia.
The Fisher Foundation was established by Fisher Engineering and this month awarded two grants to Livability International.
One grant was awarded to Psychology student Katie Hoy who plans to travel to Nepal to undertake voluntary work this summer with Livability’s partner organisation, the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre.
The other will support the organisation of the 13th ASCoN Conference which will be held in Dhaka (Bangladesh) in November.
Recovering from the tsunami 10 years on
This December marks the 10th anniversary of the South Asian Tsunami which claimed the lives of 150,000 people, 35,000 of whom were in Sri Lanka.
Livability International has been working in partnership with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health with help from the World Health Organisation train disabled people in the skills necessary for employment.
Retirement of Valerie Taylor
Founder of the Centre for Rehabilitation for Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh, Valerie Taylor, plans to retire at the end of this year. The CRP was established by Valerie in 1979 and today provides services to 40,000 people per year and trains 100’s of healthcare professionals.
To celebrate a lifetime of Valerie’s work in Bangladesh, Livability will host an event on 6th June at 7:30pm at Fermanagh House and we invite all our supporters to attend.
Stephen Muldoon has accepted an extended role and promotion within Livability to Assistant Director International and Complex Care Development. He will continue to lead Livability’s international work but will now also work on the strategic development of Livability’s residential and community services in the UK.
Heather is leaving her post at Livability International after 5 years to commence employment with SHINE as a Regional Fundraiser. Heather has been a consistent support to our ongoing fundraising efforts and administration of the work we do.
You can contact Livability International at Livability, Fermanagh House, Broadmeadow Place, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, N Ireland, BT74 7HR. Tel: 028 66320091