An estimated 10 percent of the population of Nepal lives with a disability. But there are remote regions of the country where access to healthcare, education and vocational support for those individuals is lacking or nonexistent. One young man with a visual impairment is trying to change that—Chhitup Lama has set up a unique non-profit that brings support services and education to children with disabilities living in rural parts of his country.
The 31-year-old, from the very remote district of Humla, recently spent some time in Albany on an International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) fellowship to hone his leadership skills. WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall caught up with him while he was in the region.