MY JOURNEY AT CANOPY NEPAL- VINAYSHREE KOTHARI (FACILITATOR, LEARNERS' HUB)


Vinayshree Kothari, Picture from Canopy Nepal Archives
Mahendra Rashtriya Higher Secondary School; this was the place which was a kick start for my Canopy Nepal journey. As I chose Education for my social work week, I got to meet Shreya Upadhyay Ma’am, the cofounder of Canopy Nepal there who not only taught us how to handle kids but also stood by the idea of making the mundane classroom fun through interactive learning. That was my first encounter in terms of working with the kids. Throughout the week, I could see a visible growth not only in the students but I also experienced gradual changes in myself too. The feeling of bringing even a slightest change in someone else’s life made me happy. 
Soon after, I decided to give this a shot. I quickly sent my CV and was called for an interview. Shortly, I was selected and was given an opportunity to facilitate for EIC classes in Vijay Memorial Higher Secondary School. The kids were very welcoming and made sure they put in all their effort to learn as much as they could. They used to stay back even after their exams and came to attend the classes during their holidays. This was heart-warming. I celebrated my first ever teacher’s day with them. I couldn’t express how happy and grateful I was. We used to stay after classes just to play games. This made my bond with them even stronger. It felt as if I was reliving my childhood. Similarly, facilitating in other programs helped me understand its dynamics and importance. This was a learning experience for me. I remember a kid who wrote that the best part of his day was “Working out with Vinayshree Ma’am.” I was on cloud nine. I along with my co-facilitator even managed to win the Most Valuable Player during Katha Bunaun. Apart from that, all the facilitators even performed for the kids on Graduation. The kids loved our performance. I always felt like a proud parent whenever the kids used to share their journey and how it helped them brush off their skills. It’s always overwhelming.
Vinayshree helping her student learn. Picture Canopy Nepal Archives
Bidding the kids goodbye is always heart-wrenching. It’s like an emotional roller-coaster. Seeing them sad and crying just breaks my heart. It makes me wonder how people get so easily attached. From being strangers to a small family, the journey is filled with lots of ups and downs but with positive and enriching results. Canopy Nepal has helped me channel my inner potential towards things that could possibly help these children learn and grow. Platform as such has the capability of bringing the best out of each individual. It helps us understand the areas where we could improve to bring better results. It gives me immense pleasure to be part of such a great initiative.
Author: Vinayshree Kothari, 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.

Inspiring Through Stories:Exploring Career Paths

Panel Discussion taking place
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On November 30, 2019, Canopy Nepal organized Understanding Education, a panel discussion, Inspiring Through Stories: Exploring Career Paths at King’s College, Babarmahal, Kathmandu intending to provide insights to the scholars on the career paths for the future. Inspiring through Stories, a mini version of Understanding Education that initiated with a primary motive to inspire youths towards working hard for a better future through the stories presented by the successful people in a particular field. 


This panel discussion took place with four panelists which included, Mr. Aavash Mishra, a Medical Student at Nepal Army Institute of Health Sciences and the Community Service Director from Rotaract Club of Dillibazar; Ms. Bibhuti Neupane, CEO at Naagi ko Honey; Mr. Hemanta Sapkota, ECA Coordinator at Babylon National School and a Gold Medalist in Humanities and Social Sciences related studies at Tribhuvan University and Ms. Nasala Chitrakar, Lecturer at Thames International College. In this session, the panelists discussed the career opportunities in Nepal and also explored the potentials for better selections of career paths.

Giving their insights on mapping effective career choices and opportunities for our scholars, Ms. Nasala Chitrakar, stated how consistency and persistence towards fulfilling one’s interest in a certain sector can lead to success in their sectors, and emphasized the audience to look for the profession that gives one happiness. Adding on to this, Mr. Hemanta Sapkota, emphasized on the importance of one’s passion for shaping one’s career and highlighted on taking their career paths towards success in a more dedicated manner. Supporting this idea, Ms. Bibhuti Neupane indicated the opportunities that exist in the challenges in a society that is the basis for becoming an entrepreneur. Further, in terms of career choice, Aavash Mishra pointed out the importance of choosing a career based on the capacities and talent existent in oneself while choosing a career.  The audience comprised up of students becoming a part of different programs of various Canopy Nepal, individuals passionate about education and representatives from different partner schools.
Canopy Nepal team with the panelists after the discussion
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ABOUT 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.


[ AUDIO ] LGBT+ & Allies Supporters New Year House Party by Kitty K - Interview

Nepal has leap forward on LGBTI + ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) with time and there is much progress to be done. The move also has happened since a decade long from 2007 decriminalization to a lesbian couple living together opening for living together relationship to all gender. Despite all of that it took several years for Same Sex Marriage Committee to draft the Same Sex Marriage Report which was submitted to the Council of Ministers of the Government of Nepal on 9 February 2015. But, nothing has yet been enacted and its on due and may take more time as well. Whereas, Nepal has made a remarkable journey possibly the only country to have all three - inclusion of SOGIE ( Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) on three articles of the Constitution of Nepal ( after South Africa and Ecuador) and Others addition under gender category ( that would be mostly for Trans, Intersex,Gender non-conforming and others ) on the Citizenship and Passport ( after Australia and possibly New Zealand). With several allies and supporters advocating and from songs & movies on Lesbian and Gay leads as well as the wave of how things have revolved around is a great impression and an encouragement to motivation to many. 

Now, let's get back to the point the major intention of the blog post

Recently, early 20s yrs old from across Nepal came together to organize possibly Nepal's 1st LGBT+ & Allies Supporters New Year House Party. The house party will have drag show, drag lip sync battle, live music, runway, dance party and many more for the audience to engage. The organizers have left no stone unturned to make the best out of each moment one enters the house party venue that is Dolakha House on 31st December on the New Years eve day from 8pm onward itself. The program will go as long as the midnight and possibly extend with people joining. Each one entering will be involved in something or other and the organizing team came with an interesting idea for people joining to interact among themselves. I would put this as speed dating or speed meet up but again you won't know until you really come and attend the house party itself.  


So, couple of days back we took the opportunity to interview Himalaya Roadies Season 1 contestant and Kitty K Organizer - Prasot KC





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