Rajendra Prasad Dhital
When I was 10 years old, I fell one day while walking back from school. I was crying because I had scratched my new shoes and was scared of my father’s scolding. That happened because of my blindness I couldn’t walk properly up down in the hill path!
Sound of whitecane rough path to elevator!
I am Rajendra Prasad Dhital, I am born blind. I living at Kavre District in Nepal. This is an economically, literally and socially backward region which lacks public access facilities for the blind. At the age of eight I used to walk two hours through narrow paths in hilly terrain to attend a mainstream school. Because I had limited vision, I could read and write only by holding the book very close to my eyes. Teachers never helped or motivated me, since they thought that a blind child can never study like a sighted child. While other normal children were playing or participating in recreational activities, my class teacher used to send me back home.
Ignoring these challenges and obstacles I passed my school level and left to Kathmandu for further education. During 2008, my vision decreased suddenly. Now I was almost blind. I became unable to walk and read independently though I still had light perception.
Then, My friends encouraged me to get rehabilitation from the Nepal Association of the Blind “NAB”. During the training time we blind colleagues like me, founded Cricket Association of the Blind Nepal, These both organization help me to be independent through learned to use the white-cane, cricket and computer.
Academically, I am Double bachelor and post graduate from Tribhuban University of NEPAL. Furthermore, I have been a cricket player for the last 9 years of the Nepalese blind cricket team, then got opportunity to play many national and valuable international tournaments. I also have a 17 years long experience working in disability sector in various capacities. In 2016 I have graduated course for leadership as a social change maker from kanthari, an international institute for empowering social visionaries in Kerala India “www.kanthari.org”. And now, I am founder/Executive Director of Rehabilitation and Education for Accessibility of Livelihood “REAL Nepal.
Therefore, today I have somehow proven myself in this discriminative society where People with disabilities are considered to be a burden. However, had there been a residential rehabilitation program, which taught Braille, mobility and daily living skills, in my district, when I was a child, I would have been able to integrate into society much faster. Till today there is none! I think that I am the right person to carry out this critical responsibility, as most blind children’s stories very much resemble mine. I can feel their anxiety, and I know what is needed to bring them out of this state. My wife who is also blind and co-founder of REAL Nepal, will be able to support me in this mission. It is our desire to see our Nepali blind children proudly walking with White canes, colorful dresses and big smiles.