Los Angeles, August 15, 2015: Â Nepalese youth leaders Kanchan Amatya and Jenish Amatya won the 2015 Special Olympics Impact Summit â€“ Pitch Pit Challenge. A a winner they got grants for their suggestedÂ project in Nepal and securing a special partnership with Hollywood actress and supermodel Brooklyn Decker.Â At the center stage of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Nepal’s team set a primeÂ example.
Bringing together 120 youth leaders from 30 countries the Special Olympics Impact Summit Â has created a truly unified generation- where youth worked with each otherÂ to fight idleness, intolerance and injustice. Only 65 projects out of total submission of 140 projects from all over the globeÂ were selectedÂ to be present in theÂ Special Olympics Generation Unified Summit 2015.
Nepalâ€™s project aims to establish a Vocational Training Community Center for children and youth with Intellectual Disability. It will provide vocational therapy and job placement to youth above 16 years of age and an expanded day care space for children in Nepal were chosenÂ byÂ Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
GainingÂ a feature at the Pitch Pit, the Nepali duo made it through to the Top 5, presentedÂ to a line-up of celebrity judges. In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the two delivered aÂ fascinated attention capturingÂ pitch at JW Marriott Hotel that inspired a thunderous standing ovation from the audience and the judges. During the short movie that they screened on the current situationÂ of children and youth with Intellectual disabilities who were affected by the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal some were left Â with teary eyed.
To mentor the Nepal Team, Hollywood Actress and supermodel Brooklyn Decker was chosen. The celebrity panel provided the dynamic duoÂ withÂ some encouraging feedback.
To many in Nepal, Intellectual Disability is often a false interpretedÂ topic . The society always considers Children and youth with ID as disappointments and are ignored. The duo have partnered with Special School for Disabled and Rehabilitation Center (SSDRC),Â out of the very few non-profits providing special diagnosis and care to children with Autism and ID, to increaseÂ their linksÂ to underprivileged children and youth with special needs.
SSDRC has aidedÂ rescue and rehabilitate more than hundred autistic and intellectually challenged children and youth at their premises in Kathmandu since 2010. Special Olympics is a global movement that releaseÂ the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, everyday around the world. This July, in Los Angeles, 7,000 athletes from 177 countries have gathered Â for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games â€“ the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year. This summer, Nepali Special Olympics athletes have already wonÂ two medals in the Special Olympics World Games.