Introduction of NAB (Nepal Association of the Blinds)

NAB is a non-Governmental, non-profit making, non-political national organization of the blind. The central executive board of the association consists of 13 including three reservation for Blind Women members elected by the General Assembly held every three years. The national conference consists of (a) the central executive board, (b) district branch representatives in proportion to its general members, and  (c) Active blind persons, not exceeding five, nominated by the central executive board. NAB has formed sector-wise committees in the areas of Women, Low Vision, and Youth. It has 23 district branches with 1030 general members across the country.

Legal Status :

NAB has been duly registered with the District Administration Office (DAO) in Kathmandu (Registration No. DAO 320 on 2049/10/08 BS) and is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (Affiliation NO.SWC 1037 on 2049/10/28). It is also affiliated with the World Blind Union (WBU).

How NAB is established?

It was in 1987, when blind youth were coming out from schools in extreme need of employment and opportunities for higher education that, they started to unite and develop solidarity for the cause of their rights and interests. This unity of Blind and Partially Sighted (BPS) people led to the establishment of  "Nepal Blind Group". 
After the restoration of democracy in 1990, the group organized an effective movement to draw the attention of the government and the general public towards the burning issues of employment and scholarships for the BPS persons. It was not only the first movement initiated exclusively by the blind people themselves but also the successful one in achieving their immediate needs. Some of the remarkable outcomes of the movement include the setting up of quota for 21 teachers, 14 scholarships and immediate release of Rs. 100,000 as Seed Fund for the BPS. Presently about 80 blind teachers are teaching in public schools.   
Subsequently, the movement of the BPS persons gained further impetus to develop the Nepal Blind Group into a national organization of the blind. Thus, Nepal Association of the Blind (NAB) was established in 1993.  
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