ICDP article by a trainee facilitator

A short article about the ICDP programme has been written for publication by the Nuns Welfare Foundation (NWF).

The article was written by German psychologist Rita Crecelius, who is in process of receiving training in ICDP. Her hope is to have her article published in the NWF’s Newsletter and to create interest in ICDP within the NWF. NWF is an interesting organization doing important work, so we hope that Rita’s efforts will bring fruits.

NWF was set up by Ani Choying Drolma. Born in Nepal to Tibetan refugee parents, Drolma’s rise from teenage nun to international music star is the stuff of fairy tales. Her prolific philanthropic work and subsequent role as Nepal’s first UNICEF national ambassador has earned her comparisons to India’s Mother Teresa.
But with 12 pop albums to her name Drolma is arguably a more unusual, ground breaking figure.

Rather than just relying on prayer, Drolma is using her voice to help needy Nepalese in one of the world’s poorest countries. All of the proceeds from Dolma’s record sales and performances go directly into the Nuns’ Welfare Foundation which she founded in 1998.

Two years later, she opened the free Arya Tara boarding school in Kathmandu, which is home to nuns from poor backgrounds in Nepal and India, and run entirely by female nuns. Unlike at the monastery where Drolma grew up, in addition to religious teachings, the girls receive lessons in English, Nepali, mathematics, science, and computing — subjects to prepare them for careers. Many have gone on to higher education.

Ani Choying Drolma is also Nepal’s first UNICEF international ambassador. Her work focusses on protecting young people in the Asian nation.
“I’m the first nun in Nepal sending children in nuns robes into normal colleges,” Drolma tells CNN. “They’ve never had that type of encouragement before.”

In 2010, the NWF opened the Aarogya Foundation, which provides medical services to those with kidney problems and has successfully lobbied the government to provide free dialysis to poor people in Nepal.

In 2014, Drolma was made Nepal’s first UNICEF national ambassador. In a country where more than 33.9% of children in rural areas and nearly 9.1% in urban settlements are doing some kind of economic work, she was assigned to protect young Nepalese from violence.


New study of ICDP in Korea

A new research project will evaluate the impact of ICDP in South Korea.

Sangwon Yoon is a doctoral research fellow at the Department of Special Needs Education, at the University of Oslo, Norway. As a PhD candidate he will carry out a research project on ICDP in South Korea. 

The Korean Parents Network for People with Disabilities will recruit research subjects among the ICDP programme participants through their homepages and mailings. The research subjects are an experimental group of 50 parents of disabled children who participated in the ICDP programme and a control group of 50 parents who have not participated in the programme for comparison and validation of the programme’s effectiveness. 

This study aims to assess the effectiveness of the ICDP as an education programme for parents of disabled children. The specific research goal is to evaluate whether the ICDP has a positive effect on the disability acceptance attitudes of the parents of disabled children, parenting efficacy, and the degree of child abuse. A quasi-experimental design will be used to objectively examine the quantified level of change in the disability acceptance attitudes of parents of disabled children, parenting efficacy, and the degree of child abuse before and after the application of the ICDP programme. In addition, focus group interviews will be used to explore the specific changes made in the daily lives of parents of disabled children in terms of their disability acceptance attitudes, parenting efficacy, and levels of child abuse after their participation in the ICDP programme.



Previously, Sangwon Yoon carried out an ICDP project for parents of children with developmental disabilities on the Jeju Island, in Korea. In this project, he held 10 ICDP meetings with a group of 10 parents and in addition carried out a study to evaluate the impact of ICDP on parents. The study involved the control and experimental group, and they were compared before and after ICDP meetings. Three types of scales were used: Patenting sense of competence, the sense of disability acceptance by mothers whose children have a disability, and child abuse. The project report was published by the Jeju Parents’ Network for People with Disabilities (JPNPD) and it was also submitted to the Educational Office in Jeju Province.