KATHMANDU: Dopper, a social enterprise from the Netherlands joined hands with Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI) to launch the Changemaker Challenge whereby young students were motivated to submit their research ideas on solving the issues of water pollution problems and reducing the use of plastic.
The finale of the Challenge took place on 15th of June at the historical location of Traditional Water Spout Hiti at the Patan Durbar Square. The finale had the presence of Deputy Mayor of Lalitpur Municipality, Ms. Gita Satyal, who keenly listened to the innovative ideas presented by the top 10 finalists.
Anisha Maharjan, with her graduating research on solving the urban-flooding problem of Kathmandu, won the title of ‘Dopper ChangeMaker Challenge 2019’ along with 2 lakh rupees in her research fund. Similarly, the teams of Ms. Amrita Sigdel and Mr. Ashraf Pradhananga stood in the second and third place respectively winning NPR 1,25,000/- in their research funds.
This international challenge which took place in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, and Kathmandu witnessed active participation from 445 students across the world.
The CEO of HCI, Ms. Shilshila Acharya said, “Solving the issues of climate change and the problems of plastic and water pollution that come with it, is the battle of our generation and solving it will need a lifetime of dedication from youths of all sectors. HCI is committed to building a critical mass of youths working in these issues to make sure that together, we can solve these problems.”
The partners for the event including HCI, SmartPaani, CERAD, Blinc Ventures, and Dopper will now guide all the top 10 finalists to help them bring their ideas to life so that the pressing environmental problems can be acknowledged and solved.