ENGAGE promotes empowerment and inclusion for youth living with disabilities through volunteerism and service. We help building new relationships, changing societys attitudes by developing new skills and competencies and promoting advocacy actions.
From the MediaChanging lives through Wheelchair Basketball
Disabled in Nepal, including quake victims, find sports activities as therapeutic
Simone's article in The Kathmandu Post, 5 April 2015 on the occasion of International day of Sport for Peace and Development
Stress laid on child friendly governance (The Himalayan Times)
Simo's open ed published on The Kathmandu Post, 1st of March, 2015
IF YOUTHS WITH DISABILITIES CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AT SPORTS THEN WHY NOT IN OTHER DOMAINS OF LIFE?
WE BET THEY CAN, DO YOU?
ENGAGE is a not-for-profit organization promoting social inclusion in Nepal.
We work with youths with disabilities, supporting their empowerment process through a flexible, tailored made approach. To achieve our goals, we build partnerships with other members of the society, especially youths without disabilities.
ENGAGE works for but most importantly with youth living with disabilities to make the society more inclusive through volunteering by:
Youths and Young adults living with disabilities live at the margins of society. They are deprived of access to a quality education and equal opportunities to find a job. As a consequence, they end up unemployed, unable to contribute to their families and development of the country.
ENGAGE has created a blended approach for youths and young adults living with disabilities to get EMPOWERED and gain ROLE within the society.
We kick start a pathway for change, involving them through sport playing, building their skills, connecting them with opportunities in the job market and helping them creating their businesses. We call this ENGAGE Empowers Program.
We proactively use volunteerism, awareness making to achieve our goals.
All this is demand based, a youth or young adult with disabilities can pick and choose to be involved or build her skills or to be connected or to create a new venture or do all this together.
Our desired Impact
Young Adults living with disabilities are independent and become self -confident leaders of a more inclusive society.
Youths and young adults with disabilities, are recognized and acknowledged for their achievements and unique contributions to the development of a more inclusive, fair and prosperous for all society
Partner with youths and young adults with disabilities towards a lifelong path of personal and professional achievements and recognition.
Our Target Group
We partner with youths and young adults aged 16 to 40 years old with physical disabilities.
At the same time we value the work done with youths and young adults living without disabilities, aged 17 to 25 years whose involvement is indispensible to lay the foundations of a more inclusive society.
- Build relationships to make youth living with disabilities active in the society
- Inspire youth living with disabilities to volunteer and serve
By volunteering and serving and getting involved in grassroots advocacy, youth living with disabilities can become LEADERS
ENGAGE promotes volunteering and service experiences that enhance leadership and self-confidence pathway for youth living with disabilities through Sport, Leadership and Learning experiences embedded with grassroots advocacy.
Stories from ENGAGE
HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL and ENGAGE Working Partnership
Handicap International Nepal established the Inclusion in Emergency Technical Unit (ITU) to support emergency actors in the definition and implementation of inclusive practices within their projects to improve access to services through providing bilateral technical support to humanitarian actors, to ensure access to assistance by tailoring their response according to the needs of the vulnerable persons, ensuring their safety, dignity and protection. Specific needs must be addressed and interventions should be adapted to ensure the Inclusion of the most vulnerable persons.
COACHING4FUN, AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO FIGHT THE QUAKE
C4F against the Quakes
Creating new sport playing, volunteering and leadership opportunities for persons who became disable due to earthquake
Coaching4Fun, C4F is the flagship program of ENGAGE that partner with youths living with disabilities through sport playing, volunteering and leadership development. By getting involved in a sport team and by working on their personal and professional goals, youths living with disabilities are encouraged not only to volunteer but also to lead in their communities.
COACHING4FUN: WINNING AND SETTING GOALS
March 16, 2015
Playing is important, battling with your heart and soul for a win is also important but there is also moreâ¦this is what Coaching4Fun is trying to achieve in partnership with its players.
We have already talked about our ENGAGE Corps members and how they made the difference by helping organizing the wheelchair basketball tournament on 13th of June. What we did not share yet was the amazing achievements of the Jawalakhel team.
ENGAGE CORPS MAKING THE DIFFEENCE. AGAIN!
June 13, 2015
Once again our ENGAGE Corps members made the difference and no one should be surprised that it is happening more and more often nowadays.
Would you imagine organizing a one day wheelchair basketball competition, including refereeing, coaching, score posting and organizing the awards ceremony? This is exactly what our ENGAGE Corps can do, pretty easily I would say. It is not a really a big deal, at least for them.
This is what happened on 13th of June when a one day wheelchair basketball tournament at Bhanimandal, Lalitpur was organized.
GOOD NEWS: DEVI wants to join KRISHNA as our next ENGAGE Corps Member
March 16, 2015
Do you remember Krishna Chaudhary, the great sport man who wants to become the next ENGAGE Corps by coaching a team of wheelchair players?
Good News as Krishna is not alone. Devi Acharya also expressed her strong desire to become a Corps.
Also in this case, we are talking about a remarkable citizen: Devi is one of the board members of Nepal Spinal Cord Sports Association, a key partner of ENGAGE and she is also Treasurer of the Center for Independent Living, a leading local Not for Profit in the disability sector.
KRISHNA CHAUDHARY WANTS TO BE AN ENGAGE CORPS MEMBER!!!!
ENGAGE believes that out there .... there are many more people like Krishna.
LET US/HELP US FIND THEM.
Krishna is one of the top wheelchair basketball player in Nepal. He is one of the leaders of PK Campus Team. It is a great honor for ENGAGE to work with him and his peers at PK Campus. Our Corps find in him great inspiration.
This year we set a very ambitious goal: FINDING ENGAGE CORPS members, our volunteering coaching program, among persons living with disabilities rather than just relying on persons without disabilities.
If a youth without disability can coach a team of wheelchair basketball players, why not the opposite?
Krishna is a normal guy, he has a work, a family and like many of us, he loves sports. . He wants to volunteer, awesome isn'it?
Forget that Krishna is actually not a normal guy, he is a CHAMPION, in the true sense. He just participated in the ASIAN GAMES recently held in Korea. WOW!!!!
The Very next Strong Team (WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL) at PK Campus, Kathmandu.
The Players with mixed (Ladies and Gents) team at Padma Kanya (PK) Campus get trained at least once in a week (mostly on Saturday) from ENGAGE Corps members who are Coaching the teams on Wheelchair Basketball in Kathmandu.
Here we are trying to build relationship in between people without disabilities and people with disabilities together through sports and trying to bring change in mindsets of people regarding the stereotypical concept on Disabilities.