Young volunteers from different schools in Kathmandu took lead in organizing flash mobs, engaging with celebrities, and organizing concerts to raise funds to help HIV infected children housed at Safalta HIV Shiksha Sadan, Kirtipur. The volunteers are associated with The Gen Nep- Nation First which is a ‘volunteering, learning and leading platform’ of Himalayan Climate Initiative.
In a period of three weeks, the Gen Nep volunteers through various activities, expedited the receipt of NRs.136,750/- (in words Nepali Rupees One Lakh Thirty Six thousand Seven Hundred Fifty only), to the non government organization Safalta HIV Shiksha Sadan, which is the first school for HIV infected children in Nepal. The school currently provides shelter and education to 17 children of age as low as 3 years to 12 years. The children come from all parts of Nepal, particularly from Dang, Baitadi and Salyan.
32 young volunteers participated in flash mob that was performed at City Center and Bhatbhateni Super Market on 14th July 2013 where the volunteers distributed pamphlets to inform people about Safalta HIV Shiksha Sadan and raised NRs. 8,240/- (in words Nepali Rupees Eight Thousand Two Hundred and Forty only). Similarly, the same group of volunteers organized a concert on 19th July 2013 that featured KUTUMBA, The Word Warriors and Hari Maharjan- The Gypsy Guitarist. The Gen Nep volunteers were successful in raising NRs. 28,510/- (in words Twenty Eight Thousand Fiver Hundred and Ten Rupees only). Malivika Subba, who was introduced to Safalta HIV Shikshya Sadan by the volunteers , celebrated her birthday with the children and donated Rs. 100,000/- (in words, Nepali Rupees One Lakh) to the founder of Safalta HIV Shikshya Sadan. By doing so Malvika has set an example for other Nepali professionals to support such worthy cause.
The Volunteers have been working under Sadbhaw- Share and Care project, which focuses on helping fellow Nepalis in need. The raised money was handed over to the founder in a small ceremony in the presence of volunteers involved at Himalayan Climate Initiative’s office premises in Baluwatar on Friday, 26th July 2013 at 11:00 AM.