Partnership for New Life (PNL) works for Nepali people amongst physically disabled, leprosy-affected and marginalised community who need love, care, treatment, rehabilitation and development.
PNL is a national organization, an NGO established in AD 1999. It is a non-profit making organisation with its office based in Butwal, Rupandehi district of Nepal. PNL works in coordination with Government of Nepal, NGOs and local communities in the western terai region of the country. It has a governance body of board consisting of local people.
PNL functions in the treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, counselling and advising people with physical disabilities and affected by leprosy. Its areas of services cover three districts – Nawalparasi, Kapilvastu and Rupandehi. PNL work in community development for marginalized people in Rupandehi district which will be extended in the needy communities in other districts as well in future depending on the outcome of the community development activities in the areas where community development activities have been started.
PNL works in a model that address people with physical disabilities, leprosy-affected and marginalized people in their physical, social, economical and spiritual situation. Community mobilizers are appointed and Self Help Group (SHGs) are formed to smoothly take the programmes in action. The Groups come out with the initiation of small scale establishments such as SHGs in the development of the community, Micro Credit Cooperatives and Income Generation Projects.
What PNL came across?
PNL’s involvement to uplift deprived communities has impacts that could be summarized as follows:-
People with physical disabilities and leprosy are mostly from very poor families because of which they lack or are hesitant for treatment and are not even aware of treatment or awareness services. They even don’t send their children to school who are born with disabilities or hide them from their own communities. At the same time they are discriminated by other people in the society. They are thus deprived from the right to dignified life, quality health care services and better socio-economic condition. Advocacy and review in social and capacity building aspects of disabilities and leprosy-affected are essential.
With the model of working in the communities, the roles of advocacy, rehabilitation, training and awareness in the areas of deprived communities were also seen as major activities that need to be go together along with improving health condition.