Why this project needed our help
Help for autistic children in Nepal is virtually non-existent. Access to remote villages leads to poor diagnosis and lack of resources. Families struggle to cope with children with significant and challenging behaviour patterns.
How Juniper Trust helped
The ‘Portage and Rehabilitation Association Nepal’ (PRAN), a home-visiting service for families with autistic children from birth to school age, was set up in 2001 by Founder and Director of PRAN, Mani Shrestha, who also runs the ABVK School in Banepa, east of Kathmandu. This centre of excellence in Banepa trains others to identify symptoms and implement his programme of early intervention for families throughout Nepal.
What difference has been made?
As part of the 30th Anniversary Celebrations in 2014, KE Adventure Travel helped raise £20,000 by donating £5 from every holiday booking in 2014. Now completed, PRAN has trained 650 volunteers, teachers and parents, with face to face induction on a Portage Programme now spreading through the rest of Nepal. In November 2015, KE raised a further £3000 worth of furniture and equipment to enable PRAN to offer residential courses for trainers and families with special needs children.
What more can be done
More info coming soon