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 Biba Sunar

Biba is in many ways the welcoming face of Helping Hands and always a joy to be around. She is passionate and charismatic, and has no qualms about sharing her feelings. Her former job working on the family farm was very difficult, so being able to work among friends in a communal environment has made a big difference for Biba. She enjoys dancing and hopes to be married someday, and thinks the world needs to understand that people with disabilities need only opportunity, not pity. She believes the training she received at Helping Hands can be spread around to create more chances in the disability community.

 Gita Limbu

Coming to Helping Hands taught Gita that even a visually impaired person like herself can learn to weave on a loom. As she says, "Trying is the best subject." She tried, and she succeeded. She is happy to be a part of the Helping Hands family where she has a good teacher and a strong support system. Gita is a talented singer, and one day in the future she hopes to release her own solo album. Her favorite singers are Aruna Lama and Tara Debi.

 Atul Chamar

Atul never knew about weaving or pashmina production before he joined Helping Hands, but now he is an independent skilled worker with a lot to offer. He appreciates his job because now he has a network of people with whom he can communicate easily, people who understand him in many ways. He hopes one day more people will understand that having a disability does not mean you are incapable; all kinds of people can work and be self-sufficient. On his holidays, Atul enjoys exploring Pokhara with his friends.

 Ashok Gupta

Ashok enjoys his work and the environment at Helping Hands; he is especially happy because he can now send money home to his parents to make them happy too. Weaving pashmina scarves is his favorite part of the job, and outside of work he enjoys dancing and playing carrem board. Ashok is proud of his work, proud of his friends, and proud to be a Nepali. He hopes that today, tomorrow, and the future will bring more of the same happiness to his life.

 Bikash Poudel

Though Bikash has training and work experience in other areas, he has found a passion in cashmere handicraft production. His favorite part about working at Helping Hands is assisting his friends in their work. He hopes to continue his learning and training to include scarf design and loom preparation so that one day he can share with others the knowledge he's been given. Bikash's patience, warmth, and gentle nature will make him an excellent teacher.

 Jhapat Bahadur Magar

Jhapat received training in Kathmandu as an electrician but because of his hearing impairment was unable to find work. Coming to Helping Hands has provided him with new skills, a new network, and the chance to provide for his family. A very quick learner, Jhapat is also a good friend and enjoys playing football with his buddies on their holidays. He aspires to perfect his skills today so one day he can go work abroad.

 Dol Bahadur Ale

Dol remembers that he used to be recognized only as far as his disability; people never believed he could be capable of working and supporting himself. But since coming to Helping Hands, he has proven everyone wrong. He enjoys weaving on the looms and is happy to have this new skill set. More frank than most of his coworkers, Dol says that if he can find a sweetheart he plans to be married soon.

 Ajaya Hirijan

Hailing from the hot plains of the Terai, Ajaya use to struggle working on the family farm. He remembers the work being very difficult, and though he thinks farming is a good profession, he is happy to be in a more comfortable environment at Helping Hands. Someday Ajaya hopes to have his own loom so that he can make his own scarf designs. When asked who his best friend is, he says with a smile that everyone at Helping Hands is.

 Gita Aryal

Gita is the treasured sign language interpreter at Helping Hands. After learning that her young daughter was hearing impaired, Gita proactively went with her daughter to ten months of Nepali Sign Language training. Fluent in Nepali Sign for nine years and versed in other sign languages as well, she worked as an interpreter and sign teacher before joining Helping Hands. She hopes her work can help to improve the social conditions of people with disabilities in Nepal. She believes there is much unnecessary ignorance that can be erased through education and exposure. And she says that even if different types of people have contrasting ways of communicating, everyone understands a smile.

 Madhu Tamang

Madhu, one of the dye masters at Helping Hands, enjoys his new work environment because of the changes it has brought to his life. He had similar work in Kathmandu, but here he has been able to work harder and learn faster, advancing quickly from apprentice to master. He believes that opening our minds every day will lead to success, and he hopes to share his knowledge so other people will learn about and seize opportunities like he has. He is also proud to be working with a cause that improves the lives of people with disabilities. Madhu is learning Nepali Sign Language, and in his free time enjoys playing volleyball with and getting to know his deaf coworkers.

 Asmita Rijal

A fiery go-getter, Asmita is proud to be part of the Helping Hands team as a labelling and scarf preparation master. Though she used to stay at home and only work there, now she is a strong advocate of women holding jobs outside the home. Traditional Nepali culture says married women should only work at the house, but Asmita is proud to provide for her family and thinks other women can and should do the same. Because she works instead of wasting her time, she's creating the best possible environment for her children. She hopes that her choices will empower her daughter to one day be in a position of authority and independence. In her spare time, Asmita enjoys tailoring and has started a Helping Hands community garden.

 Radhika Mahat

An advocate of women's rights and empowerment, Radhika is happy to be learning and working with Helping Hands. Since joining the team, she has gained labelling and scarf preparation skills, and now she can better provide for her family. Through Helping Hands, Radhika has learned that she has a lot to offer and hopes other women can learn the same truth about themselves. She wants to overturn Nepal's strictly gendered society through her work and actions to make a better home for her children. Radhika plans to learn as much as she can about her craft today so that she in turn can teach it tomorrow.

 Rameshwor Shrestha

Rameshwor has felt a great change in his life since coming to Helping Hands. He used to do heavy construction labor, so changing to be a dye master has given him new skills and easier work that he enjoys. Rameshwor is now an expert in making color combinations and enjoys exploring new ways to dye and maintain scarves. He believes people should work hard to improve their lives and the lives of their loved ones, as he has done for his two children who now study in Kathmandu. He will continue his good work in the future and hopes his friends can learn to do the same.

Recent News

Map of Nepal based on earthquake damage

1.Saturday, 16th May 2015: Our team visited Gorkha, Vanu VDC Tanahun and provided '$34 each' relief materials. See Gallery

2.Sunday, 17th May 2015: Our team is on the way to Kathandu-Sindhupalchowk to distribute tarps, rice, beaten rice, hand-wash and other relief items. 

 

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