Shanti Supports ChangeFusion Nepal

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.

Luna Shrestha Thakur

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.

7 Fellows & Judges

 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).

Samar’s Speech

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.

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About Shanti-International-Charity

Shanti International is an international charity dedicated to empowering under-privileged people and improving their economic and social well-being. A simple ethos of giving others what we take for given underpins all our projects whether we are providing education, support or medication for preventable diseases. In a fair society, everyone should be able to live a life where opportunities are available for them to improve their situation. Shanti International envisions a world where each individual has basic human rights, the freedom, confidence and community support to address any social problems and bring about change. At the heart of any help we provide for the vulnerable, is the aim of helping individuals take advantage of all the possible opportunities that exist for them, so that the most disadvantaged people can live an independent life. We are not limited by causes and strive to be wherever a helping hand is needed. From addressing the legitimate concerns of people and families living with HIV/AIDS and providing care and support services; to protecting young girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labour and other forms of exploitation, Shanti International is there to take a stand.
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