After meeting Sushil, a visually impaired tech entrepreneur, in a small tea shop in Kathmandu 10 years ago, I met him again in Seattle for Perennial Fellowship this September. This encounter was a pleasant surprise for both of us. Perennial Fellowship is a leadership development program for emerging leaders of NGOS of developing countries. During our fellowship in Seattle, Sushil and I shared many things about our work in Nepal.

Bright Star Society, which Sushil co-founded with his visually impaired elder brother, takes holistic approach to tackle the issues of disability in Nepal. Rukmini Foundation has partnered with the Bright Star Society to provide essential goods to the people of disability after the devastating quake of Nepal in 2015. This October Rukmini Foundation partnered with the organization for distributing white cane son “World White Cane Safety Day” observed on October 15th.

Our organizations may have different missions, but our vision is same: to empower disadvantaged people of Nepal. I think this kind of collaboration between grass root Community Based Organizations is essential to truly empower the people in need.

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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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