Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Girls Advisory Board

Dipisha Khadka

Dipisha was born in 2005 and is studying in tenth grade at Shree Ramdevi Secondary School. She lives in Chautara Sangachowkgadhi. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021. A clear vision and willingness to understand adolescent girls' problems and find appropriate solutions is what makes Dipisha a great leader. Impressed by her leadership skills, she is appointed secretary and president of the child club in her ward and municipality respectively. She has also worked for empowerment of married adolescent girls and aims to become a nurse in the future.

Kabita Shrestha

Kabita Shrestha born in 2002 is from Chautara Sangachowkgadhi. She is studying bachelor’s in Education (1st year). She was Her Turn workshop trainer in 2021. She is passionate about everything that she does and has the ability to deliver knowledge to others in an easily understandable way. She aims to be a teacher and get a government job through the public service commission. She is actively involved in projects aimed at empowering adolescent girls. She likes to work in groups and be involved in various community programs.

Jayanti Puri

She was born in 2005. She studies at Shree Setidevi Secondary School in ninth grade. She lives in Sanghachowkgadi, Chautara. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021. She was to actively participate to eradicate societal malpractices. She has taken scout training and aims to develop the agricultural sector in Nepal.

Kopila Tamang

Kopila was born in 2006. An enthusiast learner and amazing dancer Kopila is from Chautara Sangachowkgadhi Kubindhe-4, Deurali. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021.. Currently, she is studying in tenth grade in Shree Kalikadevi Secondary School. She wants to continue her dancing journey in the future while she builds a career in the IT sector. She values discipline and wants to understand the roots of superstitions in her community so that she can actively work to fight against it.

Manita Dhungana

Manita Dhungana was born in 2006. She is from Thulitar, Dhulikhel wants to make her community an exemplary one. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021. She aims to become a lawyer in the future. She says that evil practices and distortion in our society push it to the darker side and hence we need to fight against such evils. She is a passionate individual who wants to contribute to her community and is constantly looking for opportunities to do so.

Nawaraj Puri

Nawaraj Puri was born in 2006. He is school captain of Shree Siddhikamaladevi Secondary School, Pipaldanda and studies in ninth grade. He attended His Chance workshop in 2020. He believes that we should never give up and always focus on our aim. He likes learning new things and helping others. As a school captain, he has the responsibility of taking decisions for his school. He also plays sports like football, volleyball, relay race and Kabaddi and wants to be a computer engineer in the future.

Niraj Tamang

Niraj was born in 2005. An active member in his local youth club, Niraj Tamang from Chautara, Syaule is studying in Setidevi Secondary School in tenth grade.He attended His Chance workshop in 2020. Other than being good in studies, he is also good at playing football. He is also keen towards helping elderly and single women. He aims to be a software engineer in the future.

Prakriti Dulal

Prakriti Dulal was born in 2006. She studies at Shree Setidevi Secondary School at Thulosirubari, Chautara. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021.She strongly believes in herself and her capabilities and says that one day, she will achieve great things in life based on her merits. She has a unique and fearless personality and wants to be a lawyer and give back to the community in the future. She likes reading, writing and is a great storyteller. She is also an active member of the child club in her community through which she organizes various programs and attends meetings in the community.

Puspa Sapkota

Puspa was born in 2005 and studied in Shree Siddhikamala Devi Secondary School in tenth grade. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2020. She stresses more on practical knowledge and skills alongside theoretical and academic knowledge. She is an active member of many innovative clubs in her school, involved in organizing and participating in different programs. Puspa also has a keen interest in reading stories, singing, and dancing. She wishes to help others and community members and be active in the field of Social Work in the future.

Roshan Tamang

Roshan was born in 2005. He is studying at Shree Setidevi Secondary School in tenth grade. He attended His Chance workshop in 2020. Being a volleyball player, sixteen years old Roshan Tamang displays sportsmanship in his life and not just in sports. Having keen interests in playing different games and singing, he wants to become a singer in the future.

Salina Shrestha

Salina Shrestha was born in 2006 at Syaule, Sindhupalchowk. She is studying at Shree Setidevi Secondary School in tenth grade. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2020. She is an active member of her ward child club and is a capable leader. She is enthusiastic about various issues in the community and wants to give back to the community in the future.

Sanchita Dulal

Sanchita Dulal was born in 2007. She is studying in ninth grade in Shree Seti Devi Secondary School. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021. She is a confident person who has seen many hardships at a young age. She lost her parents at a young age and is living with her grandparents. Regardless of her family situation and economic crisis, she is a class topper. She believes if one focuses on their studies and works hard for a better future despite their struggles, they can achieve anything.

Sharmila Bhattarai

Sharmila was born in 2006 and studies in tenth grade at Shree Bhimsen Secondary School. She lives in Jugal Sindhupalchowk. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2019. She is inclined toward legal aspects and awareness to the general public. She aspires to be a community role model to bring positive change in the society.

Srijala Danuwar

Srijala Danumar was born in 2006 at Tinpiple, Kavrepalanchowk. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021. Srijala is a ninth-grader in Jorpati Secondary School Besides being a bright student in her class, Srijala is also a graceful dancer. She believes that if one has belief in themselves, they can achieve anything. She dreams of being a professional dancer in the future.

Sumitra Shrestha

Sumitra was born in 2006. She is currently studying in tenth grade at Shree Ramdevi Secondary School. She is from Jalkeni, Chautara. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2021. She is a good student and an even better sportsperson. Other than her studies, she is also involved in an innovative club, a student club that focuses on cleanliness through which she contributes in creating a clean and green environment. She aims to be a nurse in the future.

Udip Sapkota

Udip was born in 2008. He is studying in ninth grade at Shree Siddhikamala Devi Secondary School. At a very young age, Udip Sapkota has become a member of a child advisory group in his municipality. He is the only representative of his ward. He attended His Chance workshop in 2020. Through this group, he helps to make his municipality a child-friendly one. He plays taekwondo and has won some games. In future, he wants to become a national sports player.

Usha Sapkota

Usha Sapkota was born in 2006. She studies at Shree Siddhikamala Devi Secondary School, Pipaldanda, Sindhupalchowk. She attended Her Turn workshop in 2020. She is interested in her academic studies and working hard to attain her goals. Besides this, she wants to raise her voice against gender-based violence. “ If I am able to provide and teach about this information (GBV) to my family, then for sure I will be able to spread these messages to the community.

The Board

Rojina Tamang, President

Rojina Tamang is the former President of the Girls Advisory Board joined the 24 days Her Turn Education and Empowerment program in November 2017 from Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality in Sindhupalchowk district. She likes to get involved in various activities to enhance her knowledge and skills. She wants to solve social problems like child marriage and discrimination in the future.

Binita Shrestha, Vice-President

Binita Shrestha attended the 24 days Her Turn Education and Empowerment workshop in 2016 from Lisankhupakhar rural municipality in Sindhupalchowk district. She was also a member of the Girls Advisory Board (GAB). She is currently a teacher at Shree Sampada Secondary School in Lisankhupakhar Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchowk. Her aim in life is to develop the education sector in Nepal by providing quality education.

Netra Prasad Upadhaya, Secretary

Netra Prasad Upadhaya has worked for 7 years in Creative Nepal, a Non-Government Organization as a Secretary. Currently, he is managing Himali Boarding School, Pinglasthan -9 Gausala Kathmandu. He has completed Geomatic Engineering and is passionate about working with children for their education.

Jagat Kumari Sharma, Treasurer

Jagat Kumari Sharma has been working and managing Finance and Administration for more than 14 years in various non-profit organizations. She studied Executive Master in Business Administration specializing in Finance. She had also worked with Hamro Palo in the past as an employee and currently is engaged with Nepal Water Conservation Foundation as an Admin and Finance Manager. She enjoys working with a diverse team and in a structured system.

Panchamaya Tamang, Executive Member

Panchamaya Tamang has recently graduated from her high school, Xavier International College in humanities. She is a national athlete in sport climbing. She represents Nepal in international games. She is fond of travelling and dancing. She is interested in bringing more young women into sport climbing and women empowerment.

Jagadishwor Baral, Executive Member

Jagadishwor Baral has been working as a school administrator of Himali Boarding School. He is also involved in Creative Nepal. He studied Bachelor in Pharmacy.

Hisila Danuwar, Executive Member

Hisila Danuwar was the co-facilitator of Hamro Palo’s Sneh Program for new and pregnant young mothers in 2020 from the Kavre district. She is looking forward to getting her Bachelor’s degree in either Pharmacy or Public Health. She is passionate to work for the women in her community and remove social ills like child marriage.

The rest of our team

Advisory Board

Ola Perczynska, Founder, Advisor

Ola first visited Nepal in 2008, shortly after completing her Masters at the University of Lancaster. Since then she has worked with various NGOs in Nepal and Palestine in the sectors of education, agriculture, and water and sanitation. After learning more about the importance of girls’ education and empowerment and their situation in Nepal, in 2012 she founded Her Turn. She currently works with People in Need in Nepal. You can email her at ola@her-turn.org.

Daniel Coyle, Advisor

Daniel has over 7 years’ experience conducting program research in different parts of Nepal. Prior to the 2015 earthquake, he researched gender and the successes and failures of various development interventions in both rural and urban settings, and extensive work with Nepal’s marginalized populations in remote and earthquake-affected districts.

Danielle Preiss, Advisor

Danielle first visited Nepal in 2008 through a Fulbright research grant. She has since worked with various non-profit agencies in Nepal and the US on projects related to agriculture, health, and refugee resettlement. In 2013, she completed a master’s degree in environmental science at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and journalism at Syracuse University. Danielle has reported for various media outlets from Nepal and helps with Her Turn’s communications. She also worked closely with Her Turn in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake.