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Matrika Devkota

Ashoka Fellow since May 2016

Nepal

Matrika believes that the voice of the mentally ill is most powerful when voiced by them.

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Krishna Kumari Pun

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2008

Nepal

To end women’s isolation during labor, delivery, and the early post-partum period that leads to high maternal and infant mortality rates in Nepal, Krishna Kumari Pun has built a health care system based on women’s commitment to each other. Krishna’s holistic health care system and social change...

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Shila Thapa

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2008

Nepal

Shila Thapa is educating, empowering, and preparing parents of children with Down syndrome to care for and raise independent children that realize their full potential. Mothers, freed from guilt, become the capable caregivers and advocates for their own and others’ differently-abled children.

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Som Nath Aryal

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2008

Nepal

To sustain citizen participation and entrench good governance, Som Nath Aryal is building a system of independent community radio stations. People—organized around common interests and community needs—communicate, advocate, celebrate, and provide a vital flow of information to develop their towns...

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Jagat Basnet

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2007

Nepal

Jagat Basnet is pursuing land reform in Nepal by linking the issue to social justice and economic freedom. Empowering and enabling poor farmers to gain access to land rights, education rights, health and basic services for social dignity, and freedom out of poverty. Jagat is changing the political...

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Megh Ale

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2007

Nepal

Transforming the way people understand the value and economic potential of Nepal’s rivers, Megh Ale is saving the rivers of Nepal through ecotourism, conservation, and cleanup through his organization, the Nepal River Conservation Trust. Megh is creating new opportunities for people in Nepal and all...

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Madan Rai

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2006

Nepal

Madan Rai is establishing a powerful rural cash economy built on Nepal’s resources: water, people and land. His initiatives work directly with young people and farmers to increase agricultural productivity, create new job opportunities, and open access to domestic and international markets.

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Man Bahadur Chhetri

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2006

Nepal

Man Bahadur Chhetri is combating the tradition of impoverished families sending their daughters to work as bonded labor for landowners and wealthy families. Combining education, advocacy, and legal action, he helps girls and their families fight the economic and cultural dependency that reinforces...

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Mohammadi Siddiqui

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2006

Nepal

Mohammadi Siddiqui believes religion can and should be the foundation of women’s liberation instead of the institution of their oppression. She is ensuring the rights of Muslim women by helping their Maulanas, or religious leaders and teachers, to become champions of their cause. An expert on Islam...

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Indira Ranamagar

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2005

Nepal

Nepal’s prisons are poorly run nightmares, characterized by neglect and indifference. This treatment causes undue suffering above and beyond what may be intended by imprisonment. As a result, after serving their sentences, prisoners emerge not rehabilitated and ill-equipped to re-enter society; as...

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