Reflecting Back to Mentorship: Six months under Guidance

 

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                                The world is changing relatively faster than expected. The growing market of job is competitive and full of talent, where failing once means losing your job. The professional life is tough already, and its graph is increasing day by day. There are hundreds of professional coming out yearly with honed skills, talents and world life exposure. You cannot be left behind bewildering other progress.

                          Traditionally, the best way to learn was to find better master and be his/her apprentice. The evolving education system changed everything developing systematic progress of student to professional life. That does not mean need of mentorship/apprenticeship is bygone things. Still mentorship is considered best way to sharpening skills before you fail or simply learning by others failure. Your life is too short to fail on every step and learn from failure.

                           I got chance to be part of WWF Nepal The Generation Green Mentorship Program Batch 2 under mentor Anil Chitrakar (Social Entrepreneur). Along with me six others participated on this journey of six months. The main idea was to work one various creative project related to environment conservation, renewable energy use, 3R principle, wildlife conservation, and other several creative solutions. As we came from different background of study, it was hard for us to manage time for meeting and finalize our idea.

                    We were lacking confidence even we had ideas in mind, that’s where mentor guided us. He showed us light beyond tunnel and believed in our ideas. Every idea will work if you have courage to pursue them. These words still echo my ear and motivate me daily. Instead of focusing on single idea we tried cluster of idea as we had limited time of 6 months, so our ending point of idea would be starting point for upcoming groups.

                                 The main objective of our project was to establish a culture with a system of recycling, reusing and reducing of waste (food, plastic, paper, rubber & water). The basic task was to help in the conversion of low – end input waste into high value output. We helped to facilitate and bridge gap between waste utilizing institutions by innovative alternatives to appropriate potential market by designing ergonomically viable products as such:

1. Reusing Rubber Tire by Giving Aesthetic Values for Parks, Schools and Communal area.

                       The tire has been real issue as it cannot be recycled (economically at low scale in country like Nepal) or reduced but can only be re-used. We had re-used tire by integrating them into environment. They were used as flower pots for large plants, swings in garden or home, decoration by giving colors. We identified certain schools formed Eco-Clubs or youth clubs with whom we worked so that the sustainability of the project will not be an issue if local young people will take care of it.

Figure. Tire Gardening at Shree Janajyoti Secondary School, Banepa 

Figure. Tire Gardening and Orientation at Sainik School, Pokhara 

Figure.  Tire Gardening and Orientation at Ratna Rajya School, Kathmandu

2. Advocated use of recycled Plastic Bags into Ropes or Fibers for Agricultural Support:

                        We helped to recycle/reuse plastic bags as rope and it was provided as sample to farmers. This was done through the re-use of plastic bags by making ropes or fibers from them. The ropes can be used for making various green house, support for vegetable growth, building birdcage, temporary shelter and even making fences. The high strength plastic rope and fibers will come in handy for farmers for daily use.

3. Encouraging institutions for Creative use of Paper:

                     Paper is widely used for various purposes like printing records, brochures and leaflets. Reduce use of paper, printing on both sides of paper and promotion of e-communication was encouraged. On joint collaboration with Women’s Dream Multipurpose Ltd we made pencil out of sample old newspaper and encouraged such initiatives from other organizations.

Figure. Training and Sample Old Newspaper Pencil, Kathmandu

 4. Rain Water Harvesting

                         Due to ongoing water crisis and larger number of family residing in small houses, it was very difficult to fulfill the water need in household use. So, being a researcher in watershed management, Mr. Laxman Shrestha had constructed a very simple yet a very effective way to use the rainwater. We conducted interview to share his noble idea for public use.

Figure. Mentees interviewing Mr. Laxman Shrestha about Rain Water Harvesting 

THE LESSONS

                         Indeed six months mentorship has been great journey of my life. We were able to work on ideas generated by us. We could see transformation on ourselves as well as we felt that our activities made some level of contribution and influence on society. We were lucky enough to travel various parts of Nepal. We made lifetime friends and created memory. Plus we learnt about professionalism, discipline, time management and respect of fellow team member.

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Figure. The TEAM (YOUTH FOR CHANGE NEPAL)

                  I would like to provide note of thanks for Mr. Anil Chitrakar (Mentor), Ms. Shikha Gurung (WWF Nepal) and Mr. Dipesh Gurung (ECCA Nepal). It was pleasure to work with you guys: Anisha Adhikari (MBA), Bina Kharel (MBA), Nabina Gurung (Developmental Study), Senha Shakya (Engineer + MBA), Subina Shrestha (Developmental Study) and Sunwi Maskey (Environmental Study). Cheers!!!

Figure. Team Member Briefing About Project Impacts and Progress

Figure. Closing of Program. Team Member with Amrit Gurung 

Media Coverage: We are glad our work was shared on online (Glocal Khabar) and print (MyRepublica) media. Please follow link for more information.

Glocal Khabar: Old Tire Gardening By Youth For Change Nepal 

My Republica:The Generation Green: Teaching youth about nature, conservation and more

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Journey form Training to Trainer : As Light of Hope Continues

                           

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                      Energy has been one of the basic requirement of human beings. The traditional use of fossil fuel is gradually shifting with advent of cleaner and greener technology. And change in people perception and consciousness about climate impacts, global warming and green house effects. RAN (Robotics Association Nepal) is one of Nepal’s best institutions trying to promote technology for generating holistic relation between machine and human.

                             The #LIGHTOFHOPE is audacious project initiated by RAN with agenda to connect rural livelihood to basic energy use like lighting and charging system. The process is to connect rural and earthquake affected area to primary energy use. The deprivation of energy & energy crunch is not only hampering economic activities but education of students. So #lightofhope aims to bring back hope to people to re-start life. Everything is broken but there stands only hope that things will get better. #LightofHope tires to embolden resilience, empathy and provide strength to return to normal living for Nepalese people who are beyond electric grid connection.

                                The Shree Nawalpur Secondary School was place for solar training and distribution. The place being in vicinity of Melamchi, still lacked proper road and electric connection. The event was already planned and well arranged by local partner YUWA Nepal. Primary task was to train ninety student, equip them for repair & maintenance, and distribute 5W solar system with light and charging system. We could see curious, energetic and bold ninety students, school authority, local experts being in school. We were really glad despite public holiday of Saturday people were kind enough to show up. The main objective was to give introduction about renewable energy, detail about solar system, component of solar system, repair & maintenance and about how solar can good business opportunity.

                                      Personally there is great difference in being with the crowd and handling the crowd. Being in training helped me to learn and nurture self. I was always obliged and felt privileged to get such opportunities. This was time to pay back or simply spread good vibes for others. I tried as much as being basic about facts and in mean time holistic. The major point I was careful not to let voids between by talks and student listening. The sessions was quite interactive, reaching student asking them and they asking back their queries. I was able to reach their psyche to some extent inspire them to lead from grass root. It was amazing to teach, hear, learn and share among students. The latter solar as business opportunities was carried out by Binod Pangeni. This session was especially designed to promote business opportunities that can or comes with solar technology. The main idea behind this was to encourage student to find solution within country and to remind them there are possibilities as well as potentialities developing country and making money in Nepal.

                                                    The journey to and fro Sindhupalchowk was full of fun. It was great conversation with fellow travelers local resident Aunt who rose my curiosity about place, her experience after earthquake, how grateful she was to have young people like us helping them, the hardship they have been through, hope & resilience they had despite their homes were completely turned down, her future dream to rebuilt house. Thanks to volunteers from Australia and Germany for being here selflessly to be part of re-construction. It was great to catch up with you guys. Oh! Driver dai, your story and reasoning and loud music system made us inexhaustible throughout travel. It simply helped us to be cheerful. Many many thanks to Bikash Gurung dai for providing wonderful opportunity to actually go to different part and shade some knowledge I had. It was great to reach people in local level and empower them. #LightofHope continues for adding hope for rural livelihood and re-construction after earthquake, shading light raising people’s aspiration.

Cheers.

About Robotics Association Nepal.

Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN), is not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which is continuously working in the field of robotics and electronics automation since its establishment (2010). Each year we celebrate festival of art, science and technology “Yantra”. Robotics Association of Nepal has built a network of students RAN Representatives (RR).

Tour de Pokhara: A journey of Pioneering

                             The holiday tours and travel Pvt. Ltd. Had four passenger who were on mission trip to Pokhara. Slowly parting from chaos, hustle & bustle, pollution of overly populated Kathmandu valley, bumping through pot holes of Prthivi Highway. Finally landed on serene, vibrant city of western Nepal, Pokhara (the city of lakes, temples with smiling mountains on outskirts). We had limited and tight schedule to follow up.

                         We, were staying at Damside near Tourist bus park. The plan was to re-unite with rest of team members who were already on the town. The main factor which brought here was TGG Mentorship program under mentorship of Social Entrepreneur Anil Chitrakar as part of it we were innovatively implementing and generating values out of waste (paper, plastic, water and food). The idea was to conduct orientation program about how can we use each waste into values by creative way like using waste paper for making pencil, rain water harvesting, waste food utilization in piggery business, waste plastic into ropes. And to provide hands on experience for old tire gardening to students, so they can replicate it further.

                          Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyala, already a vibrant school with large surrounding area would be ideal place for old tire gardening. The school authority along with army personnel really welcomed our purposal, a bit of hard works for getting them understand actually what we wanna build up. The gardeners and care taker actively joined hand with us. Along some army volunteered for carrying tires around school premises.

                     The old tires were initially washed with detergent powder and rubbed with clothes, so stains and mud would be washed off revealing clean surface. The washed tires are dried up on sun. Once tire dries up they are painted with several colors giving artistic and aesthetic values. As generally we make minions at gate, the concept is spreading and going viral as “ The Minion Effect”.

                             Personally, I had never encountered such curious and overwhelming students, so do team. Every passerby from junior students to senior students, teachers and army personnel were asking what we really were doing. Like teachers who were skeptical earlier day, even complained how ugly their compound would look after placing shabby tires. But they were amazed when they saw such appealing old painted tires. Many thought how cool, innovative idea it was. They were shocked to hear price of old tires, which is relative cheap then traditional flower vases based on mud and concrete. They thought of doing similar gardening at their homes, gossip like this was audible despite we were continuously working in creating values. Those smiles on face reflected their sense of satisfaction as entirely built section of old tire garden was ready welcome plants.

                             The orientation cum workshop incorporated various aspected of waste management as discussed above. The sixty enthusiastic student, environment science teachers, principal, vice-principal, other staffs actively participated in orientation. Our team leader made so loud and clear presentation of our activities. The program ended with question and answer session which was more effective and articulated as student and teachers pin pointed their curiously which was efficiently addressed. The paper pencil, paper bags were distributed among students. The paper pencil really proved to logical way to re-use waste paper. The school principal was positive about starting to make such pencil as they have lots of newspaper and exam papers. We thought this was really impressive and our action is really bringing change.

                          Finally plantation was carried out with participation of men-tees, teachers, army major, students and staff’s in all tire vases. The school administration were so glad to have us even they purposed to furnish whole compound with tire gardening. As we had limited time and budget for expenses we could not stay for longer duration. The two day ended with lots of travel, hard work, interaction with new and intelligent people, and we felt like really we did something to cheer up. The late evening cycling around lake side, Devis fall provided a sense of relief and satisfaction after hard work completed successfully.

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The TEAM

Word of Thanks

                         There are lots of people behind scene without whose help this was not possible to make happen. Sincere thanks for Senha Father for arranging residence and travel for first day. Thank you Col. Umesh Karki for arranging second day of travel with army jeeps and bus. Thank you hostel dai for cooking us so delicious food and showing around maps and direction. Thank you Sunwi Maskey who was able to make such hectic and continuous travel, despite exams, we really are glad to have you in team. Thank you Meghana who solely made travel on her own expenses to be with us. Last but not least we evolved as good team, respecting, laughing and working together, whose combine efforts made this event really “the grand Success”.

Cheers Mates.

YOUNG JOURNALIST by SANO SANSAR INITIATIVE

                      Micro-Journalism is not an option but necessity for Nepal. Nepal is ethnically, culturally, socially as much diverse as geographically. It is troublesome and hectic for mainstream media  to provide coverage for every nook and corner of country. Again comes question of credibility, bias and funded reporting which hinders right to information of people. So, micro-journalism from grass-root level can only provide genuine solution to impart true and accurate information. Micro-Journalism in layman term is news or information by the people for the people. The source of news or information may be from events you participated, issues prevalent in society, problems and solution existing your next door, recognition for contribution or any which has power to bring impact on society. The source can be diverse sharing a positive story for motivation to reporting negative deeds to right authority.

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PRESENTS

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                        The need of micro-journalism has been realized by Sano Sansar Initiative as YOUNG JOURNALIST. Sano Sansar Initiative is a NGO promoting children and youth action towards environmental and sustainable lifestyle for a welfare of society.This was first ever national youth conference on micro-journalism. The credit goes for Sagar & Jon for their initiation and for whole Sano Sansar team. Literally they have defied Sano (small) by going big actually “ Acting Local Thinking Global”. The diverse participation of sixty-four young individual from thirty-two district made conference an assimilation point of multiple ideas and experience. The interactive sessions of presentation from expert representatives of ICIMOD, UNESCO, UNGC and national media gave us insight what actually micro-journalism is. The main theme was to integrate collective expertise on education, environment conservation, sustainable development and community health with micro-journalism allowing young individuals to become role models of community. Sano Sansar Initiative will provide online platform to circulate articles and actions to respective government entities and private stake holders to collaborate with community in resolving existent issues.

                   The three-day conference from 23rd to 25th July 2015 brought significant changes on sixty-four individuals aspiring to be young journalist not only on thought and views but in approach. Young people learnt about journalistic writing, journalistic ethics, mediation through which we are able to responsibly report local issues and help in problem solving by collaborating with other member of community. The conference helped to build a strong network of like and right-minded people who will collectively work to bring changes on community.

Presentation and Discussion

Day 1

                                    ♦ Information & Welcome Sessions by Sagar & Jon

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            ♦Importance of Youth Networking & Social Media by Utsav Maden (ICIMOD)

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Sharing Youth ideas and experience by Sanjay Kafle (Activist, Agriculture, Env. Education)♦Sharing Youth Ideas and Experience by Sanjay Kafle (Activist, Agriculture, Env. Education)

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♦ Freedom of Expression and Safety of Media Workers by Prof. Laxman Datt Pant (KU/UNESCO)

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Development by Nabina Shrestha(UNGC)

♦Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) and development by Nabina Shrestha (UNGC)

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♦Importance of Journalism (Micro journalism as a tool for national development) by Narayan Wagle (Author, Setopati.com)

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Writing in journalism by Rama Krishna Regmi 

♦ Writing in Journalism by Rama Krishna Regmi

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Focusing on aspects of news or “areas” on writing by RK dhitial (Journalist)

♦Focusing on aspects of news or “areas” on Writing by RK Dhital (Journalist)

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♦ Ram Prasad Neupane (Secretariat Chief of Mediation Council)

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♦ Explanation of World Cafe Format by Sagar & Jon

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♦ World Cafe Discussion by dividing into several groups about topics of contemporary issues of development, promotion, impacts, challenges, process of micro-journalism

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♦Presentation of outcomes from discussion 

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♦ Plenary Presentation & questions to presenter

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♦ Closing Ceremony

                                Personally and collectively speaking about our experience it was really awesome gathering of multi dimensional people who actually want to bring change on community. These individuals were not only change seeker but also change maker. As far my knowledge we are team who thinks writing and sharing not only provides people basic right to information but can bring change in community. Change is very hard to bring, it requires great courage and motivation for passing threshold point. This conference triggered our ego that change has to start from self and helped us to move above our comfort level. Before conference also we were trying to do something for change but we were too busy with our chores. We had vision but were deprived of direction, platform and team with right approach for writing and sharing. The conference guided, directed, supervised, influenced, ushered, instructed and steered our curiosity on right platform. Sano Sansar provided opportunity not only for learning about micro-journalism but platform where voice of voiceless gets heard.This is equally as opportunity as challenge for participant to fulfill their commitment to be well worth of being called “YOUNG JOURNALIST”. A wonderful opportunity and a moral responsibility awaits us ahead for which all of us are ready to go hand in hand.

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                 Thank you for Sano Sansar Initiative for selecting me as part of Young Journalist and organizing conference on Micro-Journalism. And British college for providing cosy hall for conference.