GAATES Announces Special Trust Fund for Accessibility in Re-Building Nepal

Asia-Pacific, May 20 2015

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) announces a special fund to support accessible re-building efforts in Nepal. This “Accessible Nepal Trust Fund” has been created to promote and facilitate accessible re-building of the built and virtual environments in Nepal. Funds will be used to assist the Nepalese re-build homes, shops, schools, and other infrastructure damaged by the recent earthquake.

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GAATES has established a trust account, overseen by the GAATES Finance Committee, to accept donations for the GAATES Accessible Nepal Trust Fund. The GAATES Executive will work through its country representative in Nepal, Mr. Deepak K.C (Architect), to ensure that donated funds are used on reconstruction projects which incorporate access for all Nepalese, including persons with disabilities. Mr. Deepak K.C. will also work with local DPO/NGO organizations in Nepal, in conjunction and cooperation with the local and national government, to identify rebuilding priorities that would benefit from funding assistance from GAATES. GAATES Country Representative will report regularly to the Executive Committee who is responsible for approval of all initiatives.

GAATES will MATCH all contributions made to the program (up to $100,000. CAD).

Deepak KC is the GAATES Country Representative to Nepal

“Accessibility is necessary because it is a tool that helps us to find ultimate freedom. It gives us strength and courage to fight for injustice and inequality. Investing in accessibility does not only help to empower persons with disabilities but also helps to educate others about the real meaning of inclusion”

Donations can be made by:
1. Wire transfer of funds into the GAATES Accessible Nepal Trust Fund (Please contact the office at or +1 613 725 0566 for banking information).

2. A PayPal payment,

3. Mailing a cheque or money order to:

GAATES – Accessible Nepal Trust Fund
620-1600 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, ON
K1Z 1G3


The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments. GAATES’ mission is to promote the understanding and implementation of accessibility of the sustainable built, social and virtual environments, including architectural, infrastructural design, transportation systems, habitat, and electronic information and communication technologies so that everyone, including people with disabilities and older persons are able to fully participate and contribute to society.


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