"When the water shook" follows the story of 10-year-old Nirmala, who fell victim to the earthquake in Nepal three years ago. The series includes five short films that addresses many facets of her life: her accident, her rehabilitation sessions, her life at school and much more!
Nirmala lives in Nepal. The earthquake which hit the country on 25 April 2015 killed more than 8,000 people and injured 22,000. The Kathmandu valley is particularly exposed to seismic risks. In Nepal, over 40% of the population lives below the poverty line.
In Nepal, disability is primarily considered a social issue. It is rarely addressed as a public health issue or taken into account in education, health and economic development. An estimated 78% of children with disabilities are not in education (Barriga, 2011) and only 1% of the population with disabilities in Nepal has access to employment.
Humanity & Inclusion (HI) promotes access to education for children with special education needs, particularly children with disabilities. In addition, the organisation supports five rehabilitation centres in Nepal, enabling thousands of people in the country to benefit from physiotherapy and orthopaedic fitting, and works to improve rehabilitation services in earthquake-affected districts. With the help of HI, Nirmala now studies at Annal Jyoti Boarding School, an inclusive school of about 600 students.
Humanity & Inclusion aspires to an inclusive world, enriched by our differences, where people with disabilities and vulnerable groups can live in dignity.
You can find more information about our work on our website!