Scholar Highlight: Shrinkhala Shrestha, Canopy Nepal Excellence Scholar- FESSHIP

Shrinkhala (catching ball) participating in a workshop with the fellow scholar
My name is Shrinkhala Shrestha. I am currently living in Pepsi-cola, Kathmandu with my family members (mother, father, and sister). My hometown is Biratnagar, Morang. I moved to Kathmandu when I was just 2 years old. Currently, I am preparing for my final examination as I am soon going to graduate from my high school, Grade 12 from Nobel Academy located at New Baneshwor, Kathmandu. I am very passionate about basketball and have participated in various tournaments. During my free time, I  love to read fictional books. My aim has always been to be an army right from my early childhood. In my family, my father is the only one who is earning. My father works in an office, earning wages just enough to run the house. My mother is a housewife. It was very hard for my father to look after our daily requirements and to give us a proper education.

After completing my SEE I started becoming a little matured. I got to realize and know about the difficulties my family has been facing. We were facing financial problems. My father's earning was not enough to pursue my higher education so we were having a hard time joining any college for my further studies as the college fees were very high. 


Shrinkhala with other FESSHIP scholars
Everyone was very worried as I wanted to pursue my +2 but we were having difficulty but at that particular time, I felt very fortunate as one of my relatives introduced to Canopy Nepal, an organization which was working for education and was giving scholarships to students for further studies.  I was called for an interview from FESSHIP, one of the scholarship programs of Canopy Nepal. After the interview, I was living a regular life until I got a phone call saying I was selected as a Canopy Nepal Excellence scholar. I still remember the day and the happiness that was there for an opportunity to study in a reputed college of Kathmandu.  It has been almost 8-9 months, I have been a scholar of FESSHIP this program has not only gave me a scholarship but have helped me in different ways the program offers scholars with various workshop, training (Orientation on Basic First Aid, Career Counselings, Email Etiquettes, Motivational Speeches, Panel Discussions, Young Picassos, Movie Screenings, The World of Data, etc) this has not only enhanced me but also I am now more confident my public speaking has been better than it was before. I see changes in myself because of these workshops and guidance that I have been getting after being .

I cannot imagine what I would do if I were not a scholar of FESSHIP. This scholarship program and Canopy Nepal always motivate me to be a better version of myself. It is like a second home to me and the team members of this organization are like the members of my family. The persistence and dedication of this organization has made me more passionate about working with the children like me in the days to come.
Shrinkhala after winning a prize in an inter college competition

Written By: Shrinkhala Shrestha
Edited By: Anjali Maharjan (Canopy Nepal)

Canopy Nepal is a team of visionary youths working in the field of education, skill and leadership development, diversity and inclusion. Canopy Nepal works in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations to achieve the targets of empowering the organizations’ beneficiaries with skills they need to bring about positive change in the community. Canopy Nepal aims at creating an environment where individuals have a choice to equip themselves with skills and abilities of lifetime importance. The organization intends to promote intercultural understanding among diverse groups by means of various programs.

Katha Bunaun Photo Story-1 : Budhanilkantha School






This was one of the photostories presented in the third edition of Katha Bunaun  Photo Story organized in Budhanilkantha School for the students of grade 6. 


Prepared By: Aarav Tamang, Alisha Mehta, Genius Pandey, Hardik Neupane, Liberal Lohani, Nairitya Niraula and Smarika Dhungana. (Students of grade 6 in Budhanilkantha School)

Facilitators: Angirash Karki and Monal Bhattarai (Canopy Nepal)

Canopy Nepal is a team of visionary youths working in the field of education, skill and leadership development, diversity and inclusion. Canopy Nepal works in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations to achieve the targets of empowering the organizations’ beneficiaries with skills they need to bring about positive change in the community. Canopy Nepal aims at creating an environment where individuals have a choice to equip themselves with skills and abilities of lifetime importance. The organization intends to promote intercultural understanding among diverse groups by means of various programs.

My Experience at CANSHIP-Seeta Sharma Dahal, School Administrator

Ms Seeta Sharma Dahal
I am Seeta Sharma Dahal, an English Teacher and the School Administrator for Canopy Nepal Scholarship Project (CANSHIP) at Kanti Ishwori Rajya Laxmi Secondary School. I have been involved with CANSHIP right from its kick-off at the school and have found it to be an important program for children’s overall development. My involvement was primarily because of the impact it would create on the lives of the poor children who are still capable of acquiring a lot despite them not being able to support their education due to a lot of financial reasons.

My initial perception of CANSHIP was similar to what other scholarship programs are really are. Like other scholarship programs, I expected it to be a scholarship merely emphasizing on the materialistic availability of children. Unlike what I had expected it to be, CANSHIP turned out to be a program that provides an opportunity for the all-round development of the children. Through different workshops and regular consultation activities organized for the children have not only made them more confident but have also made them smarter and have ignited their interest in learning. The children have now started volunteering to read in the classroom, pushing themselves from the comfort zone and have now been encouraged to work harder. It makes me proud when I hear a shy student volunteering to read aloud in the classroom after her engagement in CANSHIP. 


Ms. Dahal receiving certificate of recognition from CANSHIP Manager
CANSHIP has undoubtedly helped our students being self-sufficient in multiple ways. Hadn’t CANSHIP supported these children, getting these children to complete these schools or end up to high school would have been impossible. Undoubtedly, the materialistic aspect of CANSHIP in the form of school supplies, uniforms and meeting school fees have encouraged our students to be regular to school and study hard. The absenteeism has decreased to a larger extent among our students who are receiving the scholarship in comparison to the ones who are not getting it. Apart from that, the students are now encouraged to look at their creative sides and have been focused on thinking out of the box, being creative and more than that working collaboratively for helping each other. After the launch of the recent book clubs as a part of this program, the students are now seen reading the books out of their curricula and have been seen sharing their knowledge with their peers.  Something I really admire about CANSHIP is the regular meetup session which binds the students and parents together making the essence of the program more transparent and participatory. 

Of course, working with the children belonging to the underprivileged background is filled with challenges, but CANSHIP has worked in its best terms and more persistent towards overcome these challenges. One of the major challenge is the meeting up the parents as they are not seen to be concerned about their kids. However, from regular meetup sessions, the participation of the parents and the students towards the betterment of the program is observed, which has encouraged the parents to be more concerned about their children, which has, in return, encouraged our CANSHIP scholars to bring a most out of themselves.  

Canopy Nepal is a team of visionary youths working in the field of education, skill and leadership development, diversity and inclusion. Canopy Nepal works in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations to achieve the targets of empowering the organizations’ beneficiaries with skills they need to bring about positive change in the community. Canopy Nepal aims at creating an environment where individuals have a choice to equip themselves with skills and abilities of lifetime importance. The organization intends to promote intercultural understanding among diverse groups by means of various programs.

*Based on consented conversation with Seeta Sharma Dahal conducted by Pransu Khakurel, Canopy Nepal Team Member.

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