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Nepal Urgent Care and Rehabilitation Appeal

Hundreds of survivors of the Nepal earthquake have severe injuries & disabilities. Livability and our partner organisation, the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) are responding to the immediate needs of those injured and paralysed as a result of the earthquake. Please help by donating now

April 2015 - April 2017

Charity information: Livability

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  • Need


    The devastating earthquake in Nepal has impacted on the lives of thousands of people in the area. Collapsed buildings have resulted in men, women and children surviving but with severe injuries, and many will be permanently disabled as a result; and life for disabled people in the area will be even more challenging. For those who do survive but with severe spinal injuries, urgent specialist care will be critical, followed by rehabilitation support to regain skills or adapt to their condition.


    By supporting Livability, immediate help to earthquake survivors can be given by SIRC. This includes food and shelter, basic medical supplies, medicine, catheters, splints and mobility aids. The project will help enable SIRC to expand and double their bed capacity immediately to provide urgent treatment and rehabilitation to newly injured spinal patients. Livability needs your help now to support SIRC to deal with the overwhelming demands that it will face in the days, weeks and months ahead

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help disabled people survive, following injuries incurred as a result of the earthquake.


    » In partnership with SIRC we will provide medical and nursing care for people with spinal & other injuries. This will include staffing and equipment.

    What success will look like

    By reporting on the number of people we have helped, the treatment received and the impact.

    Aim 2

    To provide rehabilitation support for people with disabilities, particularly spinal injuries.


    » Provision of comprehensive rehabilitation support including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, psychology and wheelchair management skills

    What success will look like

    By reporting on the type of rehabilitation support provided, the number of people helped, and the impact of the support.

    Aim 3

    To enable resettlement and reintegration of people with disabilities


    » To enable the reintegration and resettlement of disabled people through vocational training and employment support.

    What success will look like

    Aims 1 and 2 are initial priorities, but depending on donations and funding received, we will also aim to support disabled people when they leave SIRC.

    Aim 4

    To establish robust monitoring, evaluation and learning systems


    » To develop outcome measurement systems; to ensure funds are utilised effectively/efficiently; & to share lessons on SCI management in disasters

    What success will look like

    Livability will share learning through forums, conferences, workshops and talks by Stephen Muldoon, Livability's Assistant Director, International and Complex Care Development.

  • Impact


    Livability has strong credentials of achieving successful outcomes for disabled people in the UK, and Internationally, working in partnership with local organisations.

    This project will help newly disabled people to survive, following the impact of the earthquake, and help disabled people to have improved life opportunities, health and wellbeing.


    Livability has an established relationship with local partner SIRC since 2002. Stephen Muldoon, Assistant Director, Livability International, will see the work first hand and liaise with local staff to manage risks. Funding and donations are a priority as the key challenge is sufficient support at the time of urgent need.


    Through a variety of means including email and letters as appropriate.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £300,000 Urgent care and rehabilitation For equipment, facilities and specialist staff to support disabled people
      £175,000 Resettlement and reintegration To help disabled people adapt to their new situation and reduce negative impact on livelihoods
      £25,000 Sharing learning To share learning and develop capacity

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Fisher Foundation £2,500 Guaranteed
    Livability International supporters £8,796 Guaranteed
    SIRC Donor £496,304 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Livability will work in partnership with the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) in Nepal to provide urgent care and rehabilitation. Livability is a UK charity.

    SIRC is 20 miles from Kathmandu and only 5 miles from Nepal's ancient city of Bhaktapur where it is reported the scenes of devastation from the earthquake are unimaginable.


    Disabled people, particularly those with spinal injuries, in Nepal. This project will help provide resources for people who have acquired disabilities following the impact of the recent earthquake.

    We urgently need to fund and treat high numbers of patients who will be coming from far and wide with nothing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Livability is a leading disability charity in the UK, with specialism in complex care. For the past 20 years, through Livability International we have been working with local partners in developing countries to impact on the lives of disabled people.

    Livability has worked in partnership with SIRC in Nepal since 2002. With Livability's support, Nepal's first purpose built rehabilitation centre was opened in 2008, and has supported hundreds of people with spinal injury across the country.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stephen Muldoon, LIvability Assistant Director, International And Complex Care Development

    Overall Project Management and Co-ordination internationally

    Esha Thapa Dhungana, Director, Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Nepal

    Overall Project Management and Co-ordination nationally

Livability International: Tackling barriers to disability and community building overseas


Could buy 25 catheters

SIRC’s services are in demand like never before as survivors arrive for treatment and rehabilitation.

Esha Thapa Director, Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Service