Monday, May 08, 2006

My personal Biography

General Biography:

It was 1993, when I lost both eyesight due to bilateral optic atrophy at the age of 26, I had already completed Masters Degree in statistics in Distinction. As there was no cure, I accepted the challenges of blindness as an opportunity to be involved in the Disability movement and committed myself for uplifting the lives of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Nepal.
Initially, I got trained on Braille, Mobility and orientation and came closer with the Blind community through Nepal Association of the Blind (NAB) where I got computer training with screen reading software. As a chairman of NAB Kathmandu branch, I ensured so many improvements within organization. At the same time, I got an opportunity to join advance level computer course in the International human Resource Center for Disabled (IHRDC), India, from where, I was nominated for participating the 11th World Conference of ‘International Council for the Education of Visually Impaired People’ (ICEVI) in the Netherlands in 2002. I could learn so many practices in the global context during the entire conference, which I tried to adopt in my country in different forums. I was nominated by the government for participating 8 weeks training on ‘Technical Aid for Visually Disabled People’ in Japan in early 2003. After getting back, I was involved in ‘Nepal Blind Support Association’ and worked for betterment of blind community as a consultant. At the same time, I got closer in the cross-disabilities network and involved in ‘National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal’ (NFD-N) and successfully accomplished the ‘Capacity Building Training/seminar for PWDs in Asia Pacific region’ convened in Kathmandu, Nepal in February 2004 as principal secretariat, where I came more closer with the Disabled Peoples’ International and many Disabled leaders of Asia-Pacific Region.
In 2004 April, I was nominated as President of NFDN, later in 2004 November, I got elected in same post during the General Assembly. Consequently, I joined 1st leadership training conducted by DPI-South Korea. I have been elected Regional Council Member of DPI Asia-Pacific region during 9th Regional Assembly convened in Thailand in April 2005. I had participated as a resource person In September 2005, when the Ministry of Special Education and social welfare of Pakistan and Asia Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) jointly conducted the Capacity Building Training Seminar for Self-Help Organization (CBSHOD) in. Pakistan In January 2006, I presented the paper in the 2nd Asian Deaf-Blind Conference convened in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Recently in March 2006, I had successfully participated in the regional workshop on Legal Advocacy for the Defense of Disabled People in Bangkok.
I have recently been selected for the Advance International Human Rights and Disability training going to be organized by The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in Stockholm, Sweden from 8th May to 19th May, 2006. The participation in this training would built my capacity in Human Rights and poverty reduction strategy, that enables me to work more effectively for ensuring rights of PWDs and put effort for changing the society having their dignified lives.
Mr. Birendra Raj Pokharel
National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal
Tel: 4231159
Mobile: 9851043399


Blogger Sven said...

I was wondering if you still are active in NAB? I will have a chance to find out on Thursday evening, when I expect to meet you here at the SHIA office for a social gathering. I'm the project coordinator at the Swedish SHIA office for nepal and Sri Lanka.

I hope you will find that you benefit from the course, I think it will be quite intense two weeks for you all.


3:58 PM  
Blogger Maulani A Rotinsulu said...

Hai Birendra Dai,
its a impressive personal data, hope we can improve our knowledge from this training to the best of the PwD

7:39 PM  
Blogger Victor John Cordeiro said...

Let your struggle of life may inspire and be a motional factor for thousands of persons with disabilities of Nepal and other parts of the world who are looking forward for liberation.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Birendra Raj Pokharel said...

Hi Sven!
Thank you very much for the comments.I am working as a President of the National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal and NAB is one of the member organisation.
I really missed a chance to meet in SHIA office on Thursday. Since, I am leaving Stockholm on 21st morning and I have plan to shift to downtown from the Almosa on 20th. I wish to meet you that day and to share with you about the recent progress in the present political circumstances in Nepal.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Srey Vanthon said...

Dear Birendra,
From your personnal data, I have learnt more about you.
I whish you all success in your work and your life.

9:59 AM  
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Blogger kapil said...

Birendra !
Saw your activities during past year here in blog. It is so impressive and inspiring. I saw your picture few months back in Kantipur ( I did ask to Rajesh and he told me you are active in National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal and president there) . After long I am able to communicate with you ( just got your hotmail ID here and mailed you. ).
I just remember our college life , you were active in every sector sports, game to study. I am very happy to see that, that Birendra and todays Birendra is same. Still doing a lot. Very active !
Let communicate regularly.
Your freind
from Taiwan

9:41 AM  

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