Cheers talk with Shiwani Neupane

Cheers talk with Shiwani Neupane

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‘Dare to do what you love’

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Last Saturday, Cheers Nepal, a youth led organization organized 37th session of the popular programme, Cheers Talk, with Miss Shiwani Neiupane as the Innovator to talk on her Innovation in DECC Hall (4th flood of United World Trade Centre), Tripureshwor in the mass of over 100 youth. This program was sponsored by Southwestern State College, Basundhara and proudly supported by Prime Entrepreneurial Management Club of Prime College, Nayabazar, Kathmandu. Cheers Talk takes place on the monthly basis in Kathmandu.

The programme comprised of two main phases. The first session was inclusive of formal Welcome speech by the Chairperson of Cheers Nepal, Pem lamichhane who motivated youth though stories of Anne Frank and Braine Anderson. Then, Madan Tripati made the whole hall laugh with his caricature he did for leading political figures and other comedy characters. Then, Mahima Hamal gave the presentation on Women Empowerment. It further included the musical peformances of Kushal Darji and Amrit Gurung. The program was hosted by Dinesh Thapa, Vice-Chairperson of Cheers Nepal.

On the second phase, Shiwani Neupane shared her Innovation. Writer Shiwani Neupane has asked all the youths to not to let failures define them. Talking amidst a programme she instead asked all to take failures as lessons to perform better in their life.

Neupane is the writer of two books, Monika: Pieces of Perfect(2012), and Crossing Shadows(2015). A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, many of her op-eds and articles have appeared in various national and international publications.

In the programme, she shared about the various failures she had to go through in her life, and how she coped with.

During her undergraduate years, a professor had asked her to drop her English Major, as he always used to see Neupane reading books on Political Science and International Relations. But, that advice infuriated her as she was sure that she was way ahead of her classmates. And, the professor’s statements angered her to an extent making her think, “How dare could someone to tell me that I am not capable enough to be a writer, as I was very much aspired on English literature and writing, apart from political science.” She was angered when the professor told her to leave the field she loved the most. And, with that anger, she pursued the syllabus with her full energy.

Soon after graduation, she was inducted into the International English Honors Society in her college. She still remembers that day. “That day was quite a contrast for me, from being told that I can’t study English Major, to being inducted into the society. I was very happy that day,” she shared.

“Had I accepted my professor’s advice and dropped my major, I wouldn’t have been able to make this far in literature,” she said, advising the youths present in the programme to not to take advices blindfolded, instead think on their own.

Sharing that she has failed for numerous times in her life, she said it’s not the failures that define us. “Instead, it’s how we take it as an opportunity, or get out of it.”

Giving examples of some of the superheroes, from Anuradha Koirala to Pushpa Basnet and others, she said that had they given up in their first failure, they wouldn’t have become what they are now.

She further said that how to handle a failure and move ahead is what is really important. “But, failure also does something well. It gives us an opportunity to find a solution, and makes us sturdy instead,” she added.

Sharing about writing of novels, she said that it’s countless hours of writing, editing, and more. “The journey is very long. And, there are also moments of doubt whether it really ends up being a readable book or not. But, you should continue if you are really passionate about it,” she advised.

She is of the opinion that one shouldn’t be too much focused on the goal, and future, and life-plan to an extent that one forgets to enjoy his/her present.

Responding to an audience question about writing her first Novel, Monica, she said that the book is the story of a billionaire’s daughter, and the idea of writing the book came when she was studying abroad and was imagining how the life of Monica would be like. “That time, 2010 World Cup was running. And my brother challenged me that I can’t do anything in my life. I got angry hearing that, and wrote the Novel out of that anger,” she shared.

Taking about writing, and sustaining one’s life through the profession, she shared that as the market for English books in Nepal is too small, we’re not there yet. “It’s more like impossible if we think of sustaining our life by writing English books here,” she said. “But, those writing in Nepali language have been making it. Added to this, if you are publishing from a foreign publishing house, then it’s also possible, as they pay handsomely,” she added.

Sharing some tips to be a good writer, she mentioned that one must be a good reader, and should find time to read books. “I read the news in the morning, and read books before I go to bed at night. Also, I do take a book along wherever I go so that I can read whenever I have free time,” Neupane shared her reading habits.

Children feeding

Children feeding

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It’s been couple of months since we started feeding street kids in Kathmandu Valley. We initiate every Friday evening and provide the kids with a nourishing good meal. This is just a start but gradually we want to feed them more, and ultimately wish to educate and make them independent and help them to get back to their normal life in near future.
Like any other week, this week also we organized feeding program for poor street kids in Basantapur. We had a couple of dozens kids at our event. They seem really happy with food. Many of them were on dirty and turn off dresses and few had no slippers or shoes. They looked very hungry and seemed to crave for something to eat.
We asked how they survive and how’s their life? They said, they collect and sell plastics and make some money out of its selling. In case if they fail to find plastics then they choose to steal foods from nearby local shops or just beg. They also shared the bitter experiences they face in their everyday life, getting beaten and scolded from strangers. We are really touched and feel bad for not being able to do something more. This was the impetus for the campaign we have begun.
In the near future, we are expecting to connect more partners to feed them first then slowly educate and make them independent to live their live as a human.

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Cheers talk with Subodh Raj Pyakurel

Cheers talk with Subodh Raj Pyakurel

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Social inclusion system in Nepal

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Last Saturday, Cheers Nepal, a youth organization for social transformation organized 36th session of the popular interaction programme, Cheers Talk, with Subodh Raj Pyakurel as the special guest to talk on social inclusion system in Nepal.

The programme comprised of two main sessions. Paper presentation, the first session discussed on what social inclusion means, the necessity of social inclusion in Nepal and examples of social inclusion in other countries. The paper mentioned that the social inclusion implies to the equal sharing power, resources and opportunities to individuals from all the classes in society. “Social inclusion can also be considered as a ladder to uplift the status of the lower strata of people. And, it first came into existence only in 1980s in France”, said the presenter of the paper. The paper mentioned that quota system, proportional representation, empowerment and positive discrimination are the four types of social inclusion.

“The only purpose of social inclusion is to reduce the gulf between the majority and minority class of people in the society. It further helps instill the feeling of belongingness towards the state to those people who are not given opportunities and equal access to the state resources by the state”, said the presenter. He further mentioned that social inclusion needs to be transparent, needs to reach the targeted class and the genuine disadvantaged people should be able to avail the privilege of social inclusion and government should be more accountable towards these people.

The second session was the interaction programme with Subodh Raj Pyakurel, chairman of Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) and a human right activist. He started the session saying that we all need to say ‘I am the state’ and it’s ourselves who have the capacity to take the nation in the way we want. He explained how the society was in earlier time and in what way caste-based discrimination was prevalent in Nepal then and the current social inclusion culture in Nepal. “The reservation system ongoing in Nepal is still vague. We need to have a transparent mechanism on how social inclusion should function and who should get benefited from the system. The reservation system should now be Human Development Index (HDI) based, not only the caste or other such category based”, said he.

Talking amidst the one-hour long session, he further said that the reservation should help the capacity development of every individual from an underprivileged group. Problems have been arising in Nepal for the topic of inclusiveness being misinterpreted. “State should make social inclusion in such a way that material, scientific and intellectual productivity of every individual would be optimally reaped and only the real and targeted people get benefited from the mechanism”, he opined. In the present context when there are discussions on whether the social inclusion is really necessary or not, he said we need to advocate for real inclusiveness that corrects the culture of discrimination prevalent in Nepali society.

Talking amidst the closing of the programme by felicitating the speaker with token of love, Dinesh Thapa, vice-chairperson of the organization said that they are glad to see youths today actively interacting in such issues and informed that they will be back with similar such sessions very soon.

Rasuwa Reconstruction

Rasuwa Reconstruction

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After the 7.8 magnitude-devastating earthquakes, Nepal suffers a lot, over 9000 people have been died and over half millions of people become homeless. In this tuff condition, the mostly vulnerable group is children group whom were witnessed that their parents have been died in front of them and they witnessed that their houses been collapsed. It might be certainly hit children’s mind very deeply and to make them feel okay and let them reintegrated to family again and back to normal life, this council camp could be best and fruitful.

By addressing all these things, we Living NEPAL in partnership with Cheers Nepal a local NGO in Nepal which is dedicated to work in the child and youth sector are working in counselling parts.

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The working mechanism of council camp:

After driving 6 hour from Kathmandu we will reach at Kalikasthan from where we will separate for specific places or schools with our educational stuffs, four group with 2 each member will go to particular schools and complete the following tasks:

1.To give brief orientation session to every volunteer regarding the program schedule

2.Every volunteer’s team will leave for schools

3.At first, we will gather all the students and give brief introduction about us and also, we will hear from them as well.

4.secondly, we play different out door and normal games with children so that they can be familiar with us and that makes us to be trustworthy friends of them.

5.Then we will give them individual and group counselling regarding on related issues i.e. we let them tell jokes, sing a song or let them show all the talents they got also we will motivate them from different way.

6.To connect body and mind we train them to do meditation which helps them to feel more peace and prosperous from inside.

  1. Art for all: In this session, we will let them use their creativity and express their feeling through making drawings, arts and colouring and also, we will reward the best drawings.

8.we will deliver moral education to children that what are their duties and responsibilities also how they can contribute in nation building.

9.we will interact with kids that how we can cope in difficult situation and also about to be more responsible for our nation.

10.lastly, we will distribute all the educational material like; copy, pen, pencil and other stationary items

This is our tentative plan for each school and we will focus specially on counselling the kids and providing basic educational materials.

→ IMPORTANT!!!! OBTAINING PARTICULAR DATA IN EACH VILLAGE FILLING THE REPORTS. PLEASE

General Data collected from Saramthali, Syaphru, Briddim, Thuman, Timure

-Affected houses (98percent)

-Total death in district 489 and hundreds of missing still

Total Number of schools :15

Higher secondary=5(220 students)

Secondary-4 (130 students)

Primary –9(200 students)

Status:

-most of them are collapsed

-temporary construction has been started

-No regular classes started

-No books, stationary items

-No black Boards

-No library materials

-Most of the kids are badly traumatized and they are mentally unstable

-Families are living under tarpaulins and most of them are out of good sanitation and hygiene

One of the mostly vulnerable groups is children group who witnessed this earthquake by themselves. It has certainly hit children’s mind very deeply and are badly traumatized to see their own family member’s dead bodies, collapsed houses and schools and others.

To bring them into normal life and in order to accomplish this goal, Cheers Nepal and Living NEPAL are connected as a partner to organize Trauma camp for these kids.

This letter certifies that “Living Nepal” a legal organization of Barcelona, Spain has agreed to provide 2500€ for Cheers Nepal, legal NGO of Kathmandu, Nepal for organizing Trauma Camp for Rasuwa district for 15 schools. The money shall be used to buy stationery goods, sports materials and transportation cost. Cheers Nepal shall take the lead of this project in permanent collaboration with Living NEPAL.

Our Approach:

-1 day (4-hours) camp at each school

– giving counselling (psycho-social camp)

-Teaching sanitation and hygiene

-Story telling

-Organizing different games and increasing participants

-Working commonly to build temporary toilet

-Supporting needy kids with educational materials i.e. story\comic books, bags, copies, pen\pencils and other necessity things

-Providing day meal for all the children

What we need

-Logistic support

-Stationary, library material, sports material

-hygienic material i.e. soap, hand sanitizer, pads and phenyl

-Day meal for kids i.e. dry foods and others

We will also work as partners in future for upcoming projects.

After completion of this project Cheers Nepal will submit a proper and systematic report and also the audited report from the certificate charter accountant and all the photos that have been taken.

After completing the camp Cheers Nepal will give complete report of daily activities in Rasuwa and also will provide all the photos and details. Also, will send all updates about the projects with the details where we utilized the money and supplies. Will also update via our website Cheersnepal.org, facebook page and other media with the names in supporting list.

Daily Assessment of Trauma Camp, Rasuwa

 

Day #1

6-12 AM- Reached Gombu Danda

12-2 PM- Had lunch, preparation for camp

2-6 PM-Camp at Narayan Primary School, Jibjibe

Day #2

7-11 AM- Camp at Dhunge Lower Secondary School, Dhunge

11-2- Lunch, preparation, etc

2-6 PM-Camp at Kalika High School, Kalikasthan

Day #3

7-11 AM- Camp at Gautam Buddha Secondary School, Saramthali

11-2- Lunch, preparation, etc

2-6 PM-Camp at Larchang Primary School, Larchang

Day #4

6-10 AM- Camp at Green Garden School, Timure

10-11- Lunch, preparation, etc

11-3 PM-Camp at Namuna Primary School, Serseu

3-7 PM- Back to Kathmandu

 

 

 

What we did in 4 hours?

  • hour- Psycho social counselling by experts (experience sharing, storytelling, etc.)
  • hour- organized arts competition (using different colours)

2-3 hour- organized games for kids

3-4 hour- prizes to the best art, game winner and stationery goods for all. We also took photos and organizes school general cleaning after the program as a closing ceremony of the camp.

-we bought each schools with stationery items for 200 students and remaining essentials were hand over to the principal.

Please Note:

-We wanted to organize Trauma Relief Camp at 15 schools (2 in each  days for 7 days previously) but since our budget was half, we organized the camp only for 7 schools in 4 days altogether (don’t get misunderstood, I have made you clear already).

-You can’t imagine how hard we worked to make it went so well (we are one of very very few who reached to the grassroots people and organized the program)

-Every schools (teachers, parents liked and encouraged and supported our programs and and students really enjoyed and gained learned a lot from this camp.

What next?

-we want to organize the similar camp in remaining 8 schools also which we set

-Schools are in need of library materials (books, computers, etc)

-Principals and locals wants us to sponsor kids with their education especially to those who have lost their both the parents.

-we also want to start campaign/project again child trafficking especially in Kathmandu valley.

Youth Parliament with Experts

Youth Parliament with Experts

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A resounding success indeed, ‘Mock Youth Parliament with Experts’ by Cheers Nepal and sponsored by UNDP concluded on January 2nd, 2016 amid much applause and appreciation on behalf of the participants. Like, its predecessor ‘Mock Youth Parliament’ a few weeks ago, much needed youth participation and enthusiasm was a major factor in creating a healthy platform for debate on many issues that have become of great importance to the intellects and actions of the Nepali people in recent times. These topics included the much controversial subjects of Ethnic Constituencies based on Population and Citizenship rights as mentioned in the constitution. As, of last time articulate arguments and thoughtful opinions were plentiful and flew across the room on a Saturday afternoon at Hotel Himalaya.

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Yet, the real strength of this platform lay in the keynote speakers at the event; Mr. Kalpit Parajuli, a Constitution expert and Mr. Dinesh Tripathi, esteemed lawyer in their ability to answer the questions and concerns of the general youth audience. A presentation by Mr. Kalpit Parajuli was indeed a milestone in delving into the technicalities present in the current constitution of Nepal and Mr. Dinesh Tripathi’s oratory skills was an asset that drew clinical ideas, constitutional terms and good humor from all sides of the debate and was much appreciated by all.

On, the topic of Ethnic Constituencies views ranged from geographic boundaries being the basis of ethnic constituencies to a middle stance that would create such election vote banks based on both these features i.e. geophysical conditions and population size of a region. The Citizenship provisions drew much criticism especially from the female members of the Youth Parliament who argued that it was gender discriminatory and unequal in the sense that foreign national spouses of men would be eligible for a Nepali Citizenship yet not, foreign spouses of Nepali women.

An environment for debate and discussion especially one that targets the youth section of the Nepali community is a rare opportunity indeed to analyze about yet, most critics and experts themselves at the event believed that the task Cheers Nepal has accomplished alongside UNDP is a milestone for Non-Governmental Parliamentary actions and the Youth Council movement. Nepal is in dire need of Youth Involvement in its domestic affairs and programs such as these go a long way in increasing youth participation and encouraging them to put National Development as their first agenda. Youth are the future of the world and Cheers Nepal has done a marvelous job in ensuring that the voices of these future leaders stay strong.

To learn more about us, and our upcoming events for a chance to participate please like our facebook page: Facebook.com/cheersnp or, you can write to us at info@cheersnepal.org

Youth Parliament Meeting

Youth Parliament Meeting

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After the huge success of two Mock Youth Parliament sessions, Cheers Nepal organized the third session of youth parliamentary meeting on 14th May, 2016 with the support of Toni Hagen Foundation at United World Trade Center, Tirpureshwor, Kathmandu on the topic “Significant Role of Youth in Todays Politics”

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The event was organized to connect the ideas of Nepalese youth and to focus on current and public affairs. The program was started sharp at 2 PM and remained well for three hours. There were about 80 participant’s altogether who were with the finest ideas on the issue. The participants put their strong argument on the motion as well as its opposition. The parliamentary system of passing the bill was followed where the rules and regulations were properly explained and the arrangement of sit was managed in the same manner.  At first there was the announcement of Marshall, then,   the speakers of the House arrived and the National anthem was attentional to connect the heart and mind towards nationalism. After the zero-hour announcement, 10 parliament members spoke on relevant issues where the time of 2 minutes was provided for each speaker.

The program was continued with the proposer to support the issue. The 10 each parliament members spoke on motion and against of motion accordingly. The voting was done and the bill was passed on motion of the topic, stating that there should be the participation of youth in politics for strong building of the nation.

With this the program remained successful. Similarly there were the presence of experts, such as Dr. P.K Jha, Professor from TU and the Present President of Toni Hagen Foundation and Toya Bhattarai who have worked as a Secretary of parliament for over 20 years.  Fatikk Thapa and Dr. Prof. Jha were there sharing about the contribution of Toni Hagen and with their experiences, more ideas, feedback and recommended for the more fruitful program organization. They were excited to see the active participation and fruitful ideas of the participants. There was the presence of different media reporters as well. After all, the participants had refreshment where they were busy on networking and rapport building with each other that also remained as a significant achievement of the particular program. The amazing and great thing is that though the program was related with the country’s affairs, it was neutral politically.

The event was wonderful will equal participation. Cheers Nepal started this wonderful concept for the first time in Nepal. The program was supposed to provide lots of information, confident and new ideas among the participants. Cheers Nepal made the effort to connect the youth together for building the nation. If this can be continued making it decentralized and flourished, then we can assume that our nation can be built a good democratic principles in the nation and will develop and progress soon in future as per our expectation.

Mock Youth Parliament

Mock Youth Parliament

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A first of its kind event in Nepal, a Mock Youth Parliament session by Cheers Nepal was recently concluded this Saturday at the Nepal Tourism Board venue. Sponsored by UNDP, this event which was powered through youth enthusiasm and innovation brought together a diverse group of future leaders who debated, applauded and together created vision for a progressive and intellectual Nepali society.

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The event started with an uplifting speech from Mr. Renaud Meyer, Country Director of UNDP Nepal who discussed the current situation of Nepal and the role this event could play in bringing together a Youth Alliance to help decide what positive goals Nepal as a nation should set. Moderated by the Speaker Mr. Dinesh Thapa, the Vice President of Cheers Nepal the Mock Youth Parliament featured youth themselves fulfilling the formal roles required to run a national level parliament. Over 100 members of the house or, the participants who were elected after a rigorous and selective process debated on namely, two national issues; Federalism and the Quota System. New ideas, terms and information were shared between participants who under a strict time limit articulated statements that addressed the topics at raise.

The Federalism debate brought up arguments that included the creation of ethnic based states, whether Democracy for Nepal is the key or rather should the nation be administered as it is with 5 development regions and 75 districts. The Quota System debate was equally intriguing as to whether having reservations in educational institutions and government positions the key to progressive development for all or, is it rather hindering the development itself of those who receive the benefits awarded by forcing them to give up their competitive edge.

The reactions and reviews received brought out a clear message as to what the participants thought about this event and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Too long, had the youth of Nepal been suppressed and their voices downplayed thus, them finding a platform that encouraged them to share their opinions was positively received.

Ms. Rojina Shrestha was one of the participants and she stated that, “I find this mock session very effective for the engagement of youth in political issues”. Her peer, Mr. Abhishek Bam stated that, “Every individual who spoke in this event was active and positive about this step taken by Cheers Nepal. The two major topics i.e. Federalism and the Quota System were discussed in detail and I learnt much from these debates”.

On the changes that this program brought to her, Monalisa Biswakarma wrote, ” I did not hesitate in making my arguments and this motivational event helped develop my confidence in facing a youth mass”. Kushal Darji on the feedback form wrote, “I learnt to think globally and act locally. It is a great opportunity as a youth to participate in this Mock Youth Parliament and I hope Cheers Nepal continues organizing events like these is future days”.

This 3 hour long intellectual youth gathering was designed to be a precursor to a larger nationwide project by Cheers Nepal which will feature Nepalese youth from different ethnic, cultural and geophysical backgrounds and provide them with a platform to share their ideas, innovation and actions on a national level.

To learn more about us, and our upcoming events for a chance to participate please like our facebook page: Facebook.com/cheersnp or, you can write to us at info@cheersnepal.org

Cheers Talk with Amar Nyaupane

Cheers Talk with Amar Nyaupane

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On the 35th session of Cheers Talk, the renowned novelist Aamar Nyaupane was invited as the guest of honor by Cheers Nepal. Amar neupane the writer of “ Seto Dharti” , “Karadau Kastuari”, gave an interview about his childhood, his novels and how he created those fantastic works.
The program started sharply at 2 PM. The writer was welcomed with one of the verses of his infamous novel “Seto Dharti” by Sudip Adhikari, host of 35th Cheers Talk session. As the program proceeded we came to know about the inspiration of the novels and got some glimpses of his childhood. The homely environment that he explained on his novel “Karadu Kasturi” was actually the description of his own home.
The inspiration of “Seto Dharti”, was the one to cry for. Once Nyaupane was on a bus returning home from a journey where he overheard an old woman talking on the phone with her son. The old woman had been living in Devghat for 20 years and till that period of time her son had not once come to visit her. She was begging him to come visit her and even offered him to pay all the expenses on his arrival. Nyaupane was saddened by this and decided to write a novel regarding the old people like the aama. Hence Seto Dharti was created.
He was not a very bright kid during his school age. He was shy and didn’t dare ask a question to his teacher though he had many questions fluttering around his head nor did he answer any question his teachers asked. He was very much interested in novels and poems though. His mother though uneducated knew the verses of Gita, which she used to recite to him every day and he used to cry because he thought they were beautiful. He shared his experience of meeting Madhav Parsad Ghimire and said he was his inspiration.
The program was followed by some gajalas, jokes and songs, which were an addition to the joyous moment. The audiences were asked to question the writer if they had any queries. There were many enthusiastic hands raised. There was one question on everyone’s mind “Where did you get the inspiration to write, “Seto Dharti”?” The inspiration as mentioned above saddened all of the audiences. Other questions such as “what is one fond memory that you still remember from the childhood?” were asked. He answered every question with delight. He was very friendly and down to earth.
The program was ended with handing the writer a token of love by Prem CN, Chairperson of Cheers Nepal. The audiences who had more queries stayed back and asked more questions on his novels. He told us that he had yet to write more novels on the old people. We the team of cheers Nepal bid him goodbye and thus the program ended.