Disables Empowerment Program (DEP)
With the goal of transforming the lives of persons with disabilities through vocational / life skill training, the DEP was introduced by the FL together with its international partner, The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM/ Nepal). The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has supported the DEP since 2009.
The DEP program supports activities focusing on capacity building, awareness raising & advocacy initiatives and income generating opportunities for promotion of rights of person with disabilities in eight working districts in Nepal.
In addition, the project carries research and new initiatives on different disability works providing necessary infrastructure support for persons with disabilities. The Fl provides On The Job Training (OJT) & Internship opportunities. Under these programs, the participants get to practice their skills and enrich their working experiences that enable them to pursue a carrier in the trained areas. Also, the FL has started fast growing timber and fodder Paulownia cultivation among families of person with disabilities. The Paulownia cultivation is expected to generate better income and support the environment.