Sister and brother, Kriti and Krish Subedi, live with their mother, Nisha, and grandmother, Roma, in a rural village in Nepal. Both children faced blindness because of cataracts, making simple activities risky and subjecting them to prejudice. Their grandmother, Roma, told us how stigma had been a burden.
“People used to tease us and blame their mother and I felt sad, we used to cry together because of the negative comments about the children and lack of support from society.”
Struggling with rejection in their community and concerned for their children’s futures, the family turned to the local school for help, requesting a huge loan to pay for treatment. This would mean a lifetime of debt for a family already struggling to make do. Luckily, they heard in time that ORBIS could help.
Both children received surgery free of charge at Lumbini Eye Institute, an ORBIS supported children’s eye care centre.
“If we had not had the surgery from ORBIS we would have had to take out loans leaving us in debt forever.”
With their sight restored, both children are thriving. Krish is a playful, lively child who dreams of becoming a teacher. Kriti loves cooking, and preparing the spices for the evening meal. She proudly helps her mother saying, “One of my favourite things is to help cooking. I like it more than playing.
Now the children are more independent, their mother Nisha is able to work and the family is engaging in their community. Roma told us,
“Now I can see my daughter in-law is happy and society has accepted her and not ostracised her for her children’s conditions.”