Treatment Centres

Our centres are situated throughout the country offering convenient and secluded retreats for our treatments.

Dristi Nepal

The fundraiser “Rise of the Phoenix” for Dristi Nepal is part of a pledge

From the UK to raise funds and to attract awareness.

In the UK developmental support is represented by Gavin Cooper

of Landre Capital Ltd, London.

Parina Subba Limbu founder of Dristi Nepal talks to us about the Recovery work they provide for female addicts and women living with HIV and AIDS in Nepal.

What does ‘Dristi Nepal’ mean?

Dristi means “Vision” it is the vision of my life, to help women like me.

What does Dristi Nepal do?

Since 2006 we provide free and confidential activities                      :

Day care & semi-residential services for Addiction &
HIV patients.

Peer-led Outreach & Volunteer interventions & education.

Educational support for the children of women who
use drugs.

Needle Exchange Program.

HIV & Sexual Health Referral and Counselling.

Primary Health Care.

Domestic violence counselling.

Legal aid services.

Did personal experiences lead you to starting Dristi?

I’m a domestic violence survivor and “victim” of the caste system in Nepal. I survived a rape attempt at the age of 15. I’ve lived through the social injustice and stigma of being a separated woman in a male dominated country.  I experienced the many problems of being a regular drug user from an early age. Despite this foundation I always had the ambition to do something for women like me and not to let women suffer.

How is Dristi funded ?

Fundraising is carried out by me mainly; services are run by growing numbers of volunteers. Rent and other expenses are covered by donations. We get a small partial grant for short term support and food aid until August 2014. We also make & sell gifts on our Learn & Earn Program for women.

Is it difficult for the women of Nepal to access help?

Dristi is currently in its 7th property; when landlords discover the work we’re doing, they evict us – we have been accused of stealing things, being sex workers and carrying the HIV virus.  Men with similar issues that seek help are welcomed into support groups and are considered successes, whilst women are excluded and branded as sex workers who must be HIV positive. A typical attitude towards female addicts in Nepal.

What are the circumstances of the women you treat?

An example, in February, 2 street drug users were brought to the service by our outreach educators. Both were physically in a bad condition, one was diagnosed with HIV.  They received urgent clinical support. Many women that come have been thrown out of their home or expelled from their community.

What is your vision for Dristi’s Future?

We have come a long way but have a lot to do, we aim to provide a permanent happy home offering; clinical services, counselling, empowerment, education and reintegration to society.

What are the hopes for “Rise of the Phoenix” and your visit to the UK?

I hope that by sharing my experience I can build awareness and encourage support for the women of Nepal that are persecuted for being “guilty” of being unwell. Hand in Hand, we would like to learn from your experiences so that we can create a safer place for women who use or have used drugs in Nepal.

What have you learnt about yourself on this journey?

About myself; “ I am born to go through pain, so am I born to take the pain & still I can make myself calm, love and respect myself  and be  happy because I love my work and I feel passionate about it. I feel my responsibility in bringing the change in the lives of many women who are just like me.”

‘Rise of the Phoenix’ Tuesday 6th May 2014, The Marriott, Grosvenor Square, London.

For tickets or general information www.dristinepal.com or
call: 020 7486 9646 or 07766 910063

Email: sam.quinlan@one40.org