14 December, Kathmandu: It was a pretty nasty Saturday morning- rainy, cold and a bit gloomy. Despite the weather we made it happen. A large numbers of walkers and runners still showed up their commitment for the “Run Together Nepal”.
As a part of celebration of the 28th International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2019, Humanity & Inclusion together with local organizations organized Run Together Nepal, a 5K fun run to raise awareness on inclusion and diversity in Kathmandu on 14th December, Saturday. The event was made accessible for all who want to participate and basically aimed to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in Nepal.
Large numbers of participants from various walks of life were brought into a common platform that created a jolly and relaxing environment to encourage inclusivity and celebrate diversity more prominently amongst the people. The event also targeted to include broader human spectrum and people with various types of disabilities. Participants enjoyed the event fullest and imparted stronger sense of ownership towards promoting diversity in all aspects of our lives, including but not limiting to- educations, participations, representations, leaderships, sports and workforces.
The organizers had taken measures as appropriate and where possible and in our capacity to ensure safety and easiness to all the participants. From volunteers, marshal and the traffic personnel were sensitized and provided with personalized support to the participants as when needed and asked for.
HI, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a not for profit organization works in Nepal since 2000 alongside the people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations to improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Another collaborator of the event the Pump, a private fitness center that brings their motto of fitness for all and it intends to promote more inclusive society where a person’s disability is not a hindrance to their goals in health and fitness. The event was managed by Pangro, an outdoor enthusiast and was organized in association with the National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN), which is the national umbrella body representing more than three hundreds member organizations working for promoting the rights of people with disabilities throughout the country.
International Labor Organization Nepal, VSO Nepal, Laxmi Bank, Nabil Bank, National Paralympic Association, Amputee Sports Society Nepal, Jawalakhel Wheelchair Society, Boccia Nepal, Para Cycling Association, Creative Hands of Deaf Women and Center for Independent Living are among those organizations which joined hands together to celebrate the day.
Huge thanks to all incredible colleagues, the runners, donors and supporters who made the event possible. Also, thanks a lot to the volunteers who ensured the safety and comfort of each participant throughout the event and made it a great success.
Organizers hope to continue to bring forth such events for a noble social cause and see much more people running on the trail for cohesion to a social justice, accessibility, inclusion and participation.
– Photo Courtesy: Humanity & Inclusion