Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Girls Advisory Board

Sabita Shrestha

Sabita Shrestha born in 2004 is from Helambu Rural Municipality. She attended Her Turn workshop from Shree Bhumeswori Secondary School in 2017. Her aim in life is to get affiliated with social organization and serve the nation. She says, “Being in the Girls Advisory Board, I would definitely intervene in issues like early marriage, sexual harassment as it affects adolescent girls.”

Laxmi Khanal

Laxmi Khanal born in 2005 is from Panchpokhari Rural Municipality. She attended Her Turn workshop from Langerche Secondary School in 2017. Her aim in life is to become a poet. She says, “If I find out about child marriage or any form of violence, I will call police to intervene. I want to aware people through radio and television program regarding evil practices and violence. With the help of Girls Support Committee and School Support Committee, I want to conduct awareness program among parents.”

Lakmai Tamang

Lakmai Tamang born in 2004 is from Jugal rural municipality. She attended Her Turn workshop from Shree Rameshwor Secondary School in 2017. She is interested in small activities in schools and communities that make positive impacts. She says, “I can advocate on adolescent girls’ issues by firstly studying about the issues and then planning to solve the problem.”

Pasmaya Syangbo

Pasmaya Syangbo born in 2002 is from Jugal Rural Municipality. She attended Her Turn workshop from in Shree Bhimsen Secondary School in 2019. Her aim in life is to become a social worker. She says, “After Her Turn programs, girls have been able to build self-confidence.”

Bishnumaya Tamang

Bishnumaya Tamang born in 2004 is from Pachpokhari Thangpal Rural Municipality. She attended Her Turn workshop from Shree Palchok Secondary School in 2017. Her aim in life is to become a nurse. She says, “To advocate for adolescent girl’s issues I will make plan and search for solutions. I will try to fix the problem by myself; if it’s not possible then I will complain to concerned body.”

Dasangmu Sherpa

Dasangmu Sherpa born on 2003 is from Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality. She attended Her Turn workshop from Shree Marming Secondary School in 2017. Her aim in life is to become an engineer. She says, “I will advocate for girls’ issues by doing awareness programs on issues faced by girls to make people aware about it.”

Anju Tamang

Anju Tamang born in 2005 is from Chautara Sangachokgadi municipality. She studies in Shree Setidevi secondary school in grade 10. Her aim in life is to become a nurse. She attended Her Turn Workshop in 2020. She says, “I will fight against gender inequality and keep supporting rights for girls.”

Salina Shrestha

Salina Shrestha born in 2006 is from Chautara Sangachokgadi municipality. She studies in Shree Setidevi Secondary School in grade 10. Her aim in life is to become a singer. She attended the Her Turn workshop in 2020. She says, “I will always fight against child marriage. If I hear anyone attempting child marriage then I will inform it to the elders.”

Sima Tamang

Sima Tamang born in 2005 is from Jugal Rural Municipality. She studies in Shree Jaldevi Secondary School in grade 10. Her aim in life is to become a nurse. She attended the Her Turn Workshop in 2019. She says, “I have learned very important topics in the Her Turn workshop. I will advocate eliminating superstitious belief, discrimination, and child marriage in my community.”

Ritu Tamang

Ritu Tamang born in 2005 is from Jugal Rural Municipality. She studies in Shree Jaldevi Secondary School in grade 9. Her aim in life is to become a teacher. She attended the Her Turn Workshop in 2019. She says, “After attending the Her Turn Workshop, I learned that child marriage negatively impacts a girl. Therefore, I will stop child marriage in every possible way.”

Laxmi Shrestha

Laxmi Shrestha born in 2005 is from Jugal Rural Municipality. She studies in Shree Bankali Devi Secondary School in grade 8. Her aim in life is to become a social worker. She attended the Her Turn Workshop in 2019. She says, “I will be a good mentor in the future. I will aware the communities about child marriage and child abuse.”

Sonu Shrestha

Sonu Shrestha born in 2004 is from Balephi Rural Municipality. She attended the Her Turn workshop in Shree Rameshowor Secondary School in 2017. Now she is a high school student at Shree Ananda Secondary School located at Balephi Rural Municipality. Her aim is to become an actor. She says, “I will always advocate against gender-based violence and report the local government if I witness one. I am committed to end violence against women and girls.”

Dilmaya Shrestha

Dilmaya Shrestha born in 2004 is from Balephi Rural Municipality. She attended the Her Turn workshop from Shree Rameshowor Secondary School in 2017. Now she is a high school student at Shree Ananda Secondary School. Her aim is to become a singer. She says, “Being part of GAB(Girls Advisory Board) I will advocate for girls right in my community.”

Gyanimaya Shrestha

Gyanimaya Shrestha born in 2004 is from Balephi Rural Municipality. She attended the Her Turn workshop from Shree Rameshowor Secondary School in 2017. Now she is a high school student at Shree Ananda Secondary School. She aims to become a pharmacist. She says, “I advocate to solve issues of adolescents through participating in programs of various development organizations.”

Gurash Tamang

Gurash Tamang born in 2003 is from Jugal Rural Municipality in Sindhupalchowk district. She participated in the Her Turn workshop from Shree Jaldevi Secondary School in 2014 and was president of the Girls Support Committee. Now she is a high school student at Adarsha College. Her aim in life is to become a social worker. "I aim to be a social worker to develop my 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

Anita Thapa, Executive Director

Anita joined Hamro Palo in 2016 and is working as an Executive Director. Prior to joining Hamro Palo, she has worked with youth and adolescents in Nepal and South Asia. She has served as a President in a youth led organization called Youth Initiative and co-founded a non-profit called Sambhawana. In 2011, she was awarded Community Solutions Fellowship by US State Department and placed in Boston, Massachusetts where worked in public and alternative schools. In 2013, Accountability Lab recognized her school initiative called “Civic Schools” as one of the best interventions in school for civic education and awarded an accountability incubator fellowship, best known as “Accountaprenuer”.

Kalpana Bohora, COVID-19 Response Project Lead

Kalpana joined Hamro Palo in September 2020 as a COVID-19 Response Project Lead. Prior to joining Hamro Palo, Kalpana has worked for over nine years in disability rights and livelihood as a coordinator. She has bachelors degree in Arts and is a trained professional on inclusive education. She has also completed special training on child care from John F Kennedy School, London.

Anisha Paudel, Admin and Finance Coordinator

Anisha Joined Hamro Palo in February 2017 as an Admin and Finance Coordinator. She graduated with bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA). Prior to Joining Hamro Palo, She has worked as an Accountant in PnP Business Solution (Audit Consultancy). She enjoys working with diverse team of Hamro Palo.

Pralita Rana Magar, Project Associate

Pralita joined Hamro Palo in 2019 and is currently working as Project Associate. In the year 2017 she was selected as one of the fellows and has been engaged in various different projects as a volunteer and intern in Hamro Palo. She has completed her bachelor’s degree in Community Development and wants to build her career in development sectors, especially focusing on adolescents.

Shovana Pokharel, Training Lead

Shovana joined Hamro Palo in 2017. She has completed her bachelors in management. Prior joining to Hamro Palo, she has worked in marketing and administrative sector. She is interested in cricket and also had participated in district level cricket tournament. She also loves to explore new places, dancing and reading. She wants to motivate people to live their life and bring positive change in others life.

Radha Shrestha, Project Coordinator

Radha is a graduate in Social Work and Rural Development from Tribhuvan University. She is a member of the founding team of Hamro Palo and has extensively worked in planning and executing Hamro Palo’s programs for three years. In 2018, she joined Naropa Fellowship, a one-year post-graduate program focused on building sustainable entrepreneurship in the Himalayan Region. Having a keen interest in girls’ empowerment and providing access to education, she rejoined Hamro Palo in September 2020 and is working as a Project Coordinator.

Reeti KC, Communication and Documentation Associate

Reeti joined Hamro Palo in 2020 and is currently working as a Communication and Documentation Associate. She was a former intern reporter in Nepali Times and has been engaged in media and communication projects since 2015. She is a Media Studies graduate from Kathmandu University School and wants to empower young girls of Nepal through media.

Usha Karki, Master Trainer

Usha joined Hamro Palo in 2021 and is currently working as a Master Trainer. She is a graduate of Conflict, Peace, and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University. She is a member of the Dynamic Youth Forum and has been engaged in various projects related to children. She wants to contribute her knowledge and skills for social development focusing on children and adolescents.

Mina Gurung, Project Lead

Mina Gurung joined Hamro Palo in 2020. She is currently working as a Project Lead from Chautara Sangachowkgadi municipality of Sindhupalchowk district. She was a former Project Assistant in Community Development and Environment Conservation Forum. She has a keen interest in capacity building for adolescents.

Saraswati Karki, Community Mobilizer

Saraswati Karki joined Hamro Palo in January 2020 as a community mobilizer. She works in Chautara Sangachowkgadi municipality of Sindhupalchowk district. She has completed her Intermediate level (+2), and holds a teacher license. She aims to work as a service provider in her community. She has seen how women and children lack opportunities in her community so she wants to make positive changes in her community.

Sharmila Tamang, Office Assistant

Sharmila joined Hamro Palo in early 2019. She has served in various non-profit organizations. At Hamro Palo, she lends her support to the admin and finance department as Office Assistant. Sharmila aims to continue her service as she feels safe being around women’s company.

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.