The Disabled and Helpless Rehabilitation Center (DHERSEC) is a grass roots organisation founded by people with disability and their friends in 2005 in Dharan, a regional city of eastern Nepal.  In 2018 it has a membership of 200, including people with disability, family members, and caring citizens who are not in difficulty themselves. DHERSEC has board with gender, religious, ethnic and geographic balance. DHERSEC is nationally registered and publicly accountable through annual audit.

DHERSEC’s Goal is to continue fighting for the full inclusion of people with disability and social deprivation in society

DHERSEC’s initial focus is medical assessment and assistance for people with disabilities. Help is given in navigating the health system, dealing with everyday health matters but also for major heart, orthopaedic, neuro, plastic surgeries and long term conditions such as epilepsy.

The second focus is schooling support for disabled children, children of disabled, some orphans and some children from very poor families from preschool to campus level.

A third focus is rehabilitation and provision of aids, appliances.

A fourth focus is vocational training for disabled people and some other disadvantaged people, e.g. sewing and cutting, boutique, fashion designing, electronics, mobile phone, computer maintenance, motorcycle mechanics and plumbing have been supported.

Fifthly, there is a focus on decentralizing from Dharan to provide access in village subcenters of the Sunsari district.

The sixth focus – is a revolving loan scheme that has benefitted 247 since 2013 with 80 current loans. These have typically been for $100 - $300 for one year. The interest rate is below market rate. This has provided start-up money with business advice for disabled and poor people to start or develop a small business.

Short term assistance is sometimes given to families in crisis situation due to medical or social problems.

The Work of DHERSEC


  • runs a weekly clinic for disabled and poor persons
  • refers cases for specialist care to the local hospital
  • refers people with severe rheumatic heart disease to Kathmandu for cardiac surgery
  • subsidises cost of medicines, tests, surgical fees and materials for eligible patients
  • provides assistance for children to attend school
  • arranges for, and subsidises, mobility aids and equipment, and
  • has rehabilitative approach through home visiting and training.