One of the biggest challenges our organization faces is the challenge of figuring out how to make the most impact with our limited funds.  Nepal has many socioeconomic issues, and a small organization has to try to make the biggest impact with what little we have. In order to give scholarships to the most deserving candidates, Rukmini Foundation has put in place an independent Selection Committee. We have expanded on this idea this year to make the selection process even more fair and more transparent by forming a Sub Selection Committee. The Sub Committee consists of seven (out of which four are women) influential local community members of the underprivileged communities of the Pharping region (Please see the table below for their brief profiles).  These groups/communities were selected on the basis of lack of educational opportunities, lack of awareness among parents about education, landlessness, and a lack of other employment opportunities.

Foundation Team along with local community leaders discuss selection for next year

Local community leaders along with foundation leadership in Nepal met with members of underrepresented communities to discuss student selection.

On December 15, the first joint core and sub selection committee meeting was held at A School for Community (ASC). Rukmini Foundation’s Regional Director (Shashi Sharma), Principal of Shikharapur School (Shyam Shreshta), Rukmini Foundation Honorary Chairperson, (Laxmi Aryal), Rukmini Foundation Program Manager (Nabin Aryal), and two of our mentors (Rashmita and Pramila) also took part in the meeting. The key agenda for this meeting was to understand what communities were being underrepresented in terms of access to education and economic opportunities, and to select students from those communities.

In order to make a significant impact with our limited budget, Rukmini Foundation believes in a thorough selection process

After the meeting, it was decided that each members of the Sub Committee will nominate three deserving candidates from their respective regions. After conducting interviews and home visits, the core Selection Committee will then decide the ten scholars to award scholarships to for the coming year.

Foundation Honorary Chairperson Laxmi pledges our support for the disenfranchised communities.

Rukmini Foundation Honorary Chairperson Laxmi listened to the requests from the disadvantaged communities and pledged the foundation’s support to students from these areas.

In order to make a significant impact with our limited budget, Rukmini Foundation believes in a thorough selection process, and we also want to make this process transparent . We also believe that there is room for improvement in the current process, thus, we constantly seek advice from community leaders in Nepal as well as our well- wishers in order to improve our selection mechanism.

The Selection Sub Committee for 2013 is made up of:

NameLocalityProfession
Mr. Mukunda Prasad UpadhyayaShesh Naryan- Ward No 9Social Worker
Ms. Parbati SilwalDakshinkali –Ward No 6Cooperative Manager
Ms. Lalilta TamangSetidevi- Ward No 9Teacher – Junkiri School
Mr. Sriram K.C.Talku- Ward No 8Board Member – Shikharapur School
Ms. Nirkumar LamaChimale- Ward No 1Teacher – Dhyampa Devi School
Ms. Sabita RamtelShesh Naryan- Ward No 3Member of women’s cooperative
Ms. Nirmala MagratiShesh Naryan- Ward No 3Member of women’s farmer group

Once the selection process is completed, we will hold a scholarship ceremony for the new students and publish an update on this class along with a profile of the students.  We are very excited about this as we approach the new year.

Thank you,

Nabin Aryal
Program Manager – Rukmini Foundation

About Nabin Aryal

Dr. Nabin Aryal led the foundation’s work in Nepal from the inception till April 2015. He is now serving as a special adviser from his new home in Myanmar where he works with the US and Nepal Teams to provide strategic guidance for the foundation. He received a PhD in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and has been managing NGO programs in underdeveloped areas in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka and has extensive experience in grassroots development efforts.
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