Photo project: The students of SSRDC, Nepal

Today, exactly one year has passed since I got a plane to leave Nepal, after completing close to a month of volunteer work at SSDRC – Kathmandu’s Special School for Disabled and Rehabilitation Centre – one of the only specialist centres for autistic children which exists in the poverty stricken country. In truth, my time there was one of ups and downs – I found meeting and working with the children deeply rewarding, and their stories inspire me to this day. However, without any formal training in autism, I’m not sure how much good I was really doing.

On a couple of days, I brought my camera along, which had the sad effect of creating some kind of protective shield between the disorder around me – untethered from obligation, I floated freely throughout the environment, snapping the faces of these children I’d gotten to know over the proceeding days and weeks. Only when I looked back at the images months later did I realise how I could use them for good.

In April, at the start of Autism Awareness Month, I shared this series of portraits – documenting every child I met – for the first time, as part of a fundraising campaign to help SSDRC move from their current home in a couple of rented shanty structures, to a modern purpose-built school building on its own plot of land, guaranteeing the schools future for decades to come. The fundraising campaign is ongoing.

If you’d like to find out more about the school or project, check our campaign homepage here, or donate directly via GoFundMe here.

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If you’d like to find out more about the school or project, check our campaign homepage here, or donate directly via GoFundMe here.

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