Vision & Mission
In Nepal, 6% of all babies are born with a birth defect and too many children develop a disability in their early years. Yet, many birth defects and childhood disabilities can be prevented by relatively simple measures, like awareness on healthy nutrition, hygiene, and the importance of professional guidance with deliveries. Poverty and disability are strongly interconnected: 1 out of 5 people living below the poverty line, has a disability. Living with a disability, especially in rural areas of Nepal, often goes hand in hand with low self-esteem, discrimination, and a lack of access to healthcare, education, and a job. Moreover, the potential of people with a disability is largely unrecognised and unutilised.
Karuna envisions healthy and inclusive societies, in which everybody can participate and flourish. We believe that local responsibility and ownership is key to the sustainable development of communities. By inspiring, motivating and training people, they will become aware of the rights of community members with disabilities and they will build inclusive societies with adequate and accessible healthcare systems.
Karuna Foundation strengthens community-based healthcare and local health financing in rural areas of Nepal. With that mission and an entrepreneurial approach, we developed the model Inspire2Care. This model aims at reducing birth defects and childhood disabilities; decreasing maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates; and building disability-inclusive communities.
The ambition is to – together with others – improve the lives of many more children with a disability and to prevent more disabilities from occurring in the coming ten years. We do that by scaling up our model Inspire2Care to one full province, in close collaboration and co-funding with the Nepalese Government, Municipalities, and partnerships with investors. Province No. 1 will serve as an example for the Nepalese Government to save children from disabilities, one by one, and to build healthy and inclusive communities in the whole country.