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Nepal Youth Foundation Presentation

7:00 pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Guest Speaker Som Paneru

Join us on June 13, 7 - 8 pm, for an informative presentation about Nepal problems and living conditions of the gentle Nepalis. Mr. Paneru will also describe what Nepal Youth Foundation is doing to address the suffering of the girls sold into the “indentured servitude" KAMARI system.

The evening promises to be a moving presentation.

Som Paneru's bio

Som Paneru is from Nepal and is a Social Entrepreneur. Som is serving as the President of Nepal Youth Foundation, a 501 ( c ) (3) public charity registered in California (www.nepalyouthfoundation.org), founded by Olga Murray. The NYF has programs only in Nepal as Olga is solely dedicated to improve the lives of Nepalese children and youth. Som joined this organization in 1995 and climbed the ladder all the way from Social Worker to the President in 2012. The NYF works for the welfare of underprivileged children and youth in Nepal, predominantly in giving access to good education and healthcare. The organization has transformed the lives of over 50,000 Nepalese youngsters. He led the very successful anti-slavery movement in Nepal against a practice of enslaving young girls, named Kamlari Practice, and liberated over 12,000 young girls from slavery and played an instrumental role in its abolition. Som firmly believes in sustainable solution to any social problems. Setting up Nutritional Rehabilitations Homes at every referral hospitals to treat malnourished children, establishment of Sunaula Chowa School in Dhading district, creation of Olgapuri Children’s Village together with a Vocational School are some of the notable social enterprises that he established.

Som has a vast experience in charity management as well as in developing educational institution. He is the founding President (pro-bono) of Ullens Education Foundation in Kathmandu that established Ullens School in 2006 (www.ullens.edu.np). The Ullens School is well known for its unique financial model, an extraordinary social enterprise and philosophy of inclusiveness. Ullens School is now considered as one of the best independent schools in Nepal in terms of education quality as it offers truly a world class education. It is the first and still the only IB World School in Nepal that runs International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). The school runs from K-12 and has 1200 students, 150 academic faculties and 200 non-teaching staff. Som's vision and imaginative leadership has made Ullens School an iconic academic institution in Nepal in a very short period of time.

Som is a graduate of University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK where he earned his M.A. in International Child Welfare. Born and raised in a humble farming family in rural Gorkha District of Nepal, Som is one of the nine siblings in the family. He always received education through the help of others which has left within him a huge sense of ‘giving back’ to his own society. He is a father of two children and lives a very happy life with his wife Sajani Amatya, a passionate social worker.