Birmala BK is the eldest of all 4 siblings (2 daughters) of Rang Bir BK and Mrs. Gaumati BK. It takes 2 days to get to her VDC, Devisthan via a place called Burtibang. Everybody in the family was happy when she was born. When they realized that she had problem in the feet (clubfoot), the poverty stricken family became further worried. Though the family depended on agro- farming, the product suffices only for 4 to 5 months in a year.
Bimala’s father Rang Bir goes to India every year for earning though daily labor which would makes up their living for the year. They were unable to treat her due to inadequate finances. Though when Inclusion and Non-Discrimination Project was initiated and Devisthan VDC was not in its coverage area but under the Gaja Youth Club (GYC), HRDC’s Regional Office and the club coordinated with the family for referring Birmala to HRDC, Banepa for consultation, further diagnostics and corrective surgery of her severe bi-lateral clubfoot.
Birmala stayed at HRDC for six about months off and on during which she was admitted, thorough diagnostics, and subsequently corrective surgeries were performed twice: Illizarov ring fixator was used. The compassionate care at HRDC helped Birmala recover very well. At the end she was sent back home with plaster at her leg. Then she was followed at her home. Birmala received at her own home the club shoes fabricated at HRDC through the field worker. Her family, especially father, is very cooperative to Birmala for treatment and rehabilitation. Her father took her to HRDC time and again.
Bimala who was so quiet, introvert and unwilling to get involved with others due to her disability changed to outspoken and extrovert girl. She is in grade 7. Her teacher praises about her studious nature and improvement in education. Birmala is completely independent and needs no stick any more. Her family is very happy in this development. They relay neighbors how she gained new life due to the HRDC’s support. Birmala and her family whole-heartedly thank HRDC for all the support they received.