About Our Organization
Blind Youth Association is an organisation establish by the Blind and Partially Sighted Youth of Nepal. With the vision of ‘BPS people of Nepal enjoying dignified life in an inclusive society’ BYAN is currently working in the area of policy advocacy, education, employment disaster risk reduction and health and SRHR of persons with disabilities in general and BPS in particular. While we move ahead to better realise the rights of BPS persons in Nepal, we will keep doing our current work while giving more stress on the SRHR of by incorporating all categories of persons with disabilities as this area and associated issue are unexplored one and need more attention. This strategy plan has been prepared as our written commitment put forward to our target group. This plan that outlines our future direction until 2025, has its focus in six different thematic areas with specific strategic objectives. These include organisational development, policy advocacy, quality education, health rights with focus on SRHR, employment and disaster risk reduction. BYAN is much hopeful that there will be good cooperation, support and contribution both from its existing and potential supporting partners while putting things into practice for the wider benefits of persons with disabilities in general and BPS in particular.
Blind Youth Association Nepal (BYAN) is a right based organisation established to advocate and promote the rights of blind and partially sighted youth that are scattered across the country of Nepal. The members of this organisation are the ones that are totally blind and partially sighted youth. Since its establishment, this organisaiton has expanded its organisational network in different parts of the country and has been conducting different programs such as capacity building, leadership development, personality development and skill development related training to the blind and partially sighted youth. Within three years of its establishment, this organisation has been able to expand its district level branches in Jhapa and Morgang in provience 1, Bara in Provience 2, Kathmandu valley in provience 3, Kaski in Gandaki provinece, Rupandehi and Banke in Provience 5, Surkhet in provience 6 and kailali in far west provience. Inclusive of all these branches more than 472 blind and partially sighted youth are the members of this organisation with equal numbers of men and women. The major challenge of the youth who are deprived of higher education, technical education and adequate training is to get access to the employment and helath facilities. So, this organisation is advocating and facilitating for the dignified and respected life of blind youth through the coordination among the different government and non government organisations, and also different civil society organisations.
Legally, BYAN has been registered in the District Administration Office, Kathmandu in 2012, and also registered in the District Development Committee of the same district in the same year. Similarly, BYAN is registered in the Inland Revenue Office in 2013 while affiliated with the Social Welfare Council in 2014
As a rights-based organisation, BYAN intends to play a proactive roles in the formulation, amendment and implementation of BPS related legal provisions, and in organising and capacity-building of BPS youth across the country. BYAN has strong networking and cooperation with different government and non-government stakeholders working in various domains of disability and in particular to the blind sector. BYAN is also a member of National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal (NFDN), which is the umbrella organisation of Disabled People Organisations (DPOs) in the country.