"Without this wheelchair, I would not have survived." Hari, Nepal

Nepal, a Himalayan country full of ancient history and natural beauty, has a romantic image… but it hides a very different reality. A decade of war left more than 12,000 people dead and over 100,000 homeless. It’s now one of the poorest countries in the world.

For Hari, 64, father of the largest family in his village, life had always been challenging, but he took great pride in working hard to provide for the 32 people who share his family home.

Every day, he farmed his land in Western Nepal to put food on the table for his 18 grandchildren. He thrived on being at the centre of village life. Life wasn’t always easy, but he felt valued. He worked hard. He had dignity.

But three years ago, everything changed. Hari felt a tingling in his lower limbs. Very slowly he lost the power to move his legs. Two years after that first tingle, he was unable to walk, and was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called Transverse Myelitis.

Suddenly, a man defined by his independent spirit, was confined to the house all day, left to lie in bed whilst the world around him carried on living.

Unable to move, Hari was forced to rely on his family to do the most basic things. His wife Matu still has tears in her eyes when she remembers having to carry her husband to the toilet every day, and needing her sons to help lift him.

He felt invisible and isolated, and spent whole days just listening to life unfolding without him. What pained him the most was hearing funeral processions passing by his house, but not being able to go and pay his last respects to the friends he had known for many years.

This year, thanks to your support, we were able to provide Hari with a Motivation wheelchair.

Now, I can move again… without this wheelchair, I would not have survived.

It sounds so simple, but for Hari, it’s given him his dignity back.

Now, for the first time in two and a half years, he can move around the house by himself, go the village again, and play a part in family life.

I can play with my grandchildren now, and pick them up when they fall down. Before I used to see them fall down and I could do nothing.

Hari’s proudest moment was going with his family to vote in this year’s election. The whole village celebrated his return, and welcomed him with smiling faces. With a real sense of achievement, Hari said:

Mine is the house with the biggest number of voters in our village. We can make a difference to the future of our country. Having a wheelchair means I can cast my vote for a better future