Kathmandu, January 30, 2019: After a six-week long journey, 13 changemakers have graduated on Graduation ceremony of EmpowHER Junior 2018 conducted by Ujyalo Foundation at Alpas Café, Lazimpat on January 25, 2018. The changemakers had undergone through 13 sessions learning about gender equity, exploring about themselves, health rights and issues, leadership development, sharing the experiences, opportunity optimization, pitching their ideas and many other respective sessions to improve their service impact ideas.
The keynote speaker Saguna Shah, educator and founder of Bookaholic said sharing her personal experiences, “When an egg is broken by the outside force, life ends but when an egg is broken by an inside force, life begins. We sometimes become the victim of circumstances but we should always be the change we want to see in others.” She further added, “Thanks to all parents who have supported their daughters and for believing their dreams. All 13 changemakers are winners of your life.”
The certificates were distributed to the participants by Mannsi Agrawal, one of the Advisor of EmpowHER Junior 2018. Alita Shrestha was titled as the best mentor while Dipsaashna Gurung was entitled as the most promising changemakers of the cohort. Following the program, the badge pinning ceremony was commenced by the Founder and Executive Director of Ujyalo Foundation, representing the core values of EmpowHER Junior 2018 and also to become the part of the sisterhood of the previous changemakers. The program was even more enhanced by various cultural dances, group music performances, poem and experience sharing by the few Changemakers.
While sharing the journey of EmpowHER Junior 2018, Dipsaashna Gurung shared how every girls bonded like a sister. “I will be missing all of my friends, team members, our gossips and many more. I am taking all the memories with me.”
Jenny Bista, Aishwarya Yogi and Deepsana Nepali became the winners from the pitching session and each of them bagged NRs 15,000 for the implementation of their respective projects. Jenny’s SAFER WALLS focuses to help students of grade 6 to 9 to create a safer environment on the internet for students by giving a powerpoint presentations and distributing brochures. While, Aishwarya’s NIRBHIK project focuses to minimize child sexual exploitation through informative and interactive sessions including a play about child sexual exploitation by engaging 10 to 16 years girls and boys of three different government schools in Kathmandu.
Likewise, Deepsana’s GIRL POWER project focuses to help 25 girls and boys of age between 12 to 16 years from grade 8 to 10 in Budhanilkantha Ashram School. She plans to make the students aware about menstrual hygiene by forming an interactive club and holding discussions. With the closing remarks of the programs, Amuda Mishra said, “To those who think their project idea was not announced as top three projects, remember that it’s not about winning. It is about performing until today. Coming this far is also an achievement,” adding, “It is also not about seed fund money. It is about the journey you have been through. Changemakers have always give back to the society whether they win or not.”
Following the several weeks intense leadership training, and various opportunity optimization activities, preliminary and final pitching were held at Bhrihaspati Bidyasadan, Kathmandu. on the basis of the pitching, interviews, and activities of the changemakers, the Advising Committee gave scores to select three project ideas who get the seed fund money. EmpowHER Junior is an idea incubation and leadership institute program initiated by Ujyalo Foundation.