SHRUTI, the National Association of the Hard of Hearing and Deafened (HOH/d) Nepal, is a non-profit disabled peoples’ organization established by people affected by hearing loss in 2012 to provide its members and HOH/d people a platform with a uniform voice. SHRUTI promotes rights and empowerment of HOH/d by reducing the persistent communication and cultural barriers they face. SHRUTI implements projects in partnership with the government, as well as a range of international organizations, such as Disability and Development Partners (UK), the Abilis Foundation (Finland), Royal Kentalis and Kentalis International Foundation (The Netherlands), My Right (Sweden), All Nippon Association of Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened (ZENNANCHO, Japan), Workability International (Japan), International Disability Alliance/International Federation of Hard of Hearing (IDA/IFHOH), etc.
SHRUTI is registered at Kathmandu District Administration Office and Kathmandu Metropolitan City; and is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council and the National Youth Council. SHRUTI is an active member of Asia and Pacific Federation of Hard of Hearing and Deafened (APFHD), International Federation of Hard of Hearing (IFHOH), International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) and National Federation of Disabled Nepal (NFDN).
With a vision to create inclusive society, where social justice and rights of hard of hearing and deafened people are guaranteed, SHRUTI has a mission to work for hard of hearing and deafened people to achieve their rights on communication, quality education, social and economic activities. The goal of SHRUTI is are: to contribute to the creation of an inclusive society, to promote accessibility of hard of hearing and deafened people; to strengthen and empower members’ capacity, to advocate for early identification, intervention, and recognition of hard of hearing and deafened people as person with disabilities, to promote inclusive education, and to establish rehabilitation and resource centre.More
Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens
Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC) is a governmental body of Nepal, which aims to empower women, children and senior citizens, especially those, who are economically disadvantaged and socially deprived. The Ministry is also a parental Ministry of the persons with disabilities of Nepal. The Ministry has several departments and sub-divisions to facilitate and implement its works.
With financial support of the MoWCSC, SHRUTI conducted various activities such as, awareness raising workshop, skill development trainings, disaster preparedness training, etc. for hard-of-hearing people of Nepal in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Similarly, with financial support of the ministry and supervision of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), SHRUTI is implementing speech and language development and educational support to the children with hearing loss in 2021.
National Human Rights Commission/Department of Education
In collaboration with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal, SHRUTI organized a workshop titled “Quality Education and Health Access of Hard of Hearing People” on 30th May 2018. It was a dissemination report for the teachers training, which was conducted during December 2017 and January 2018. Along with that, SHRUTI also launched a manual “Teacher Manual for Teaching Students with Hearing Loss.” The motive of the program was to highlight the issues of Hard of Hearing with different government bodies – Ministry of Education, Health, and Women, Children and Social Welfare, and collect their views on the topic. The participants shared their views on Hard of Hearing, and how it is depicted in the Nepali society.
The Manual was launched jointly by the Chief Guest, Hon. Mr. Anup Raj Sharma (Chairperson of NHRC) and Neeta Keshary (President of SHRUTI).