Go to main content

Every Step Counts

Help a child like Nirmala walk again.

Every Step Counts - Help a child like Nirmala

© Lucas Veuve / Handicap International

Say HI to an extraordinary child. Say hello to Nirmala.

Nirmala loves sliding down bannisters, playing with her friends and spending far too much time glued to a screen. Just an ordinary 8-year-old!

Except, a year ago Nirmala lost her right leg when a wall fell on her during the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Imagine the terror of being caught in an earthquake and waking up in the chaos of a hospital overwhelmed by injured people. She was hurt, lost, and very afraid.

Since that day, thanks to our physiotherapists, she's not just learned to walk again, but also how to laugh.

 

Will you please take a step to help more children like Nirmala?

Our Every Step Counts appeal will help more children like Nirmala take their first steps by supporting sustainable rehabilitation services in countries that need it most.

When you're learning to walk again after a life-changing injury, every step counts, no matter how small. But sadly, in countries such as Nepal, disabled and injured people struggle to access the care they need and can easily find themselves excluded and forgotten.

For children like Nirmala, every step counts. Will you take your first step today?

Every Step Counts

Donations to our Every Step Counts appeal were matched by the UK government from 18th April to 18th July 2016. This opportunity has now ended, but you can still donate to support disabled and injured people!

Please donate today

Your gift today could go towards providing artificial limbs, walking aids and physiotherapy to disabled children in need of support. Your donation will go to countries where we provide disabled people with essential rehabilitation care, including Nepal, Jordan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thank you.

Published 18/04/16

Read more

Gaza: HI launches urgent response to support thousands of injured people
© Virginie NGUYEN HOANG/Hans Lucas/AFP

Gaza: HI launches urgent response to support thousands of injured people

The number of people seriously injured during protests in Gaza continues to rise. HI field teams are responding with local partners to provide urgent rehabilitation care, mobility aids and psychosocial support to injured adults and children.

Nepal earthquake: Nirmala and Khendo still inseperable, three years on
©Elise cartuyvels/HI

Nepal earthquake: Nirmala and Khendo still inseperable, three years on

On 25 April 2015, Nepal was hit by a violent earthquake. Hundreds of kilometres apart, Nirmala and Khendo were both buried under the rubble. Rushed to hospital, they each had a leg amputated. This is where they met, attended rehabilitation sessions with HI’s physiotherapists, and learned to walk. Three years on, they are almost never apart and even go to school together.

Nepal earthquake: “When the ground stopped shaking, it was total devastation”
© Lucas Veuve/ HI

Nepal earthquake: “When the ground stopped shaking, it was total devastation”

Sudan Rimal, 29, works as a physiotherapist for HI in Nepal. Since the country was hit by an earthquake on 25th April 2015, he has assisted hundreds of casualties, providing them with rehabilitation care and helping them learn to walk again. This is his personal account.