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  • One determined step changed Devi's life

    Date: May 14, 2015

    With every new year comes new opportunity. But turning opportunity into success takes ambition, grit, a positive attitude and a dream. On my recent trip to Nepal, I met a young woman who took one small chance three years ago — a microfinance loan — and turned it into her very own flourishing small business. Mercy Corps helped her get that loan, and when we returned this year to see her progress, we were amazed by what she’d accomplished.

  • Taking a risk on ginger

    Date: Apr 10, 2015

    “I felt it was risky. Other people asked me if I was mad for investing my time and money in this new crop,” says Santu Dong, a mother of three from Ratomatu, a village in central Nepal.

  • HM Ambassador and the Head of DFID Nepal Visit SAFAL Program in Doti

    Date: Sep 17, 2014

    September 08, 2014: HM Ambassador to Nepal His Excellency. Andy Sparkes and Head of DFID Nepal Mrs. Gail Marzetti along with other DFID team members visited SAFAL program in Budar, Doti. The high level visit takes place after the completion of one year of the project. During the visit, the team visited and interacted with Chhahara Cooperative members, Financial Literacy Training participants and project beneficiaries supported through the project. Coincidently, it was the closing day of “Gaura” (a local festival celebrated in the hills and mountains of far-western Nepal) in Budar Doti and the team also observed the closing ceremony of the “Gaura” cultural event in Budar. SAFAL project is a part of DFID Nepal “Access to Finance for the Poor Program” in Nepal. Currently SAFAL is being implemented in 13 districts of Nepal to reduce poverty in remote and rural areas particularly hills and mountain communities.

  • Generation Amazing promotes girls football in Nepal

    Date: Sep 15, 2014

    Youth ambassadors from the Supreme Delivery for Delivery & Legacy’s Generation Amazing programme have organised a football activity day for teenage girls and boys in Fulbari, located in a remote region of Nepal. It was the first ever girls football match of its kind in the community......

  • Meet Samila: Overcoming challenges to stay in school

    Date: Sep 04, 2014

    Meet Samila: Overcoming challenges to stay in school

  • Generation Amazing makes communities proud

    Date: Sep 01, 2014

    Muna Pangali, 13, was delighted with the opportunity to attend matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Her travels took her all the way from Kailali, Nepal to São Paulo, Brazil from 16-29 June, 2014 as a Generation Amazing Youth Ambassador from Nepal. Along the way, she stopped in Doha, Qatar to participate in the youth leadership development programme with other Nepali students and youth from around the world. She travelled as a part of the Generation Amazing Youth Ambassador Programme, an initiative of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar’s delivery and legacy authority for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. In the two-week programme, six Nepali youth from three different districts of the country had the opportunity to travel to Doha, Qatar and then to São Paulo, Brazil, where they visited various local NGOs, learned about the countries and played football with youths from Brazil, while taking part in various learning sessions and leadership development activities along with youth ambassadors from Qatar, Jordan and Pakistan. Now Muna has returned to Nepal and has started sharing her experiences with her peers and community. She travelled with five other ambassadors from rural communities in Nepal where there is limited access to modern-day amenities and where youth, especially girls, face various cultural and social barriers. However, her recent trip to Qatar and Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ have given her experiences that have changed her life for the better. Muna, one of the youngest Generation Amazing youth ambassadors, hails from Fulbari VDC in the Far Western district of Kailali. She is a leader in the Educate Girls Eliminate Poverty campaign in her community, implemented by Mercy Corps. She affirms that girls' participation, both in education and sports, is very limited in her community. She says, "I want to campaign more towards increasing girls participation in football. I want to raise awareness in my community about how sports can benefit girls to develop confidence and leadership skills." She feels equipped with more skills and knowledge after her round-the-world trip and is more determined than ever to work for her cause of increasing girls' participation in football. Muna's father, who used to be a migrant worker, is proud of his daughter's motivation and added skills. In addition to organising friendly football matches, she has also shared her experiences of football activities, assessment of resources, managing problem sessions, and participation of girls in youth development activities in Brazil with her community. Today, all six Generation Amazing ambassadors from Nepal, including Muna, are more aware of problems facing youths in their communities and are better equipped with enhanced knowledge, confidence and leadership skills to raise awareness on youth problems and actions that can be taken to overcome those problems. Each of them is determined to continue playing football. The Generation Amazing Youth Ambassador Programme has given them motivation, experience, confidence, and a network of mentors and friendships to continue contributing to the development of their individual skills, as well as of their communities in three districts of Kailali, by providing leadership skills, sports and infrastructure support. This article is based on one published by Mercy Corps, the delivery agency in Nepal for the Generation Amazing Youth Ambassador Programme.