Shanti International is pleased to be supporting a new project, ChangeFusion Nepal, which promotes social entrepreneurship within Nepal. One of their programs for social change is called the Fellowship, which invites proposals from promising Nepalese youth from 18-35 with innovative ideas, passion and commitment to solve social and environmental problems. Their core focus is to create successful social enterprises that impacts the daily lives of the underprivileged youth in Nepal. They have a vision to create a society in which Nepalese youth are provided with the necessary resources to create long lasting social and economic benefits through entrepreneurship and innovation. ChangeFusion Nepal strives to support and empower young social entrepreneurs in Nepal with original ideas, solutions, dedication and vision for social change, in order to transform their dreams into reality.
For two years Director Luna Shrestha Thakur strove to fulfil her one dream and vision, which was to go to different districts and meet the youth personally and collect the best ideas by February 2011. Earlier this year ChangeFusion discovered 25 of the most passionate youth from all over Nepal to become young social entrepreneurs.
The 25 applicants attended a 3 day Capacity Building Workshop from 15 April – 18 April 2011 and were assessed and evaluated by judges and mento on the basis of the ‘Project and the Person’. The Project had to be sustainable, with a social/environmental impact and the Person had to possess the vision, passion, commitment and time to devote to the project.
The 7 Fellows of 2011 were announced on 19 April 2011 and they are: Prakash Acharya (Kathmandu), Thakur Lamichhane (Gorkha), Lali Tamang (Kavre), Sushila Tamang (Bhojpur), Krishna Dhakal (Kathmandu), Bijay Dewan Rai (Dhankhuta), and Sita Adhikari (Chitwan). The ideas of the Fellows consists of energy conservation, providing medicines to the underprivileged, biogas, audio books for the visually impaired, setting up a resource centre for youth mobilization and setting up a grinding and saw mill.
The Judges consisted of- Sunit Shrestha (Founding Director ChangeFusionThailand), Jose Luis Ruiz De Munain and Queralt Capdevilla (Sport Mundi, Spain), Samar Borges (Shanti International, United Kingdom), ChangeFusion Nepal Fellows of 2009 (Pushpa Basnet, Ranjit Kanswar and Rita Shrestha), Lindsey Friedman (Advisor, ChangeFusion Nepal) and Amod Rajbhandari (Mercantile Group).
Project Manager Samar Borges from Shanti International that lives and works in Darjeeling and oversees the projects in India & Nepal, has felt really uplifted and excited by this project and is pleased to have been involved and judge the applicants. Samar works hard liaising between the projects and also had the honor to carry out a speech on behalf of Shanti at ChangeFusion. Samar regularly updates the team here in London and we will share all his exciting news.