Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Many people’s lives in this world goes on rush. And, when asked most of the people shares the secrets of happiness are: money, power, fame, luxurious life etc. But, do you really think money, power can bring the inner happiness that person wish to have? Various thoughts puzzling in yours’ mind right? I guess my personal answer will be NO but to some extent it might be the reason for YES.
Ohh wait! Let’s reflect this point as. For me, the most greatest secret of life for being happy and satisfied is being yourselves, knowing what you are, doing the things that you love to do no matter what other’s feel, peace of mind and spreading sense of positiveness. The following words such as innocence, motivation, loving, caring, pious perception, helping behaviour, positive attitude and placing others as your own place/circumstances, always drive you towards happiness. Our happiness might lies on the happiness of others too.
The way of happiness also depends on the people’s characteristics like age, habit, status, freedom, family and environment where we are grown. Some interpret being single in life rocks and other say having the loved one around is happiness. Some might found happiness in music while others might found through adventures, reading, playing etc. Being intoxicated might also be the medium of finding happiness to some fellows. But, I personally feel that’s bad aspect. So, it is all about categories, choices of the respective persons. What I feel is, everything has its own importance in life but need to balance it well.
What comes to your mind when you hear about HIV/AIDS?
When I was at grade-6, I was introduced about HIV/AIDS as a fatal communicable disease. Back then we were only informed about its symptoms and the fact that it was not curable. This concept was stuck in my mind till I reached grade 12. There, I got to know that this disease, though not curable, the life expectancy of the person suffering from it could be extended by introducing him/her to ART (Antiretroviral Therapy).
My journey about getting informed and informing others kept moving forward as I joined ‘We’ for Change in 2014 as a volunteer. While I was volunteering there, I got a huge opportunity to work in the project named ‘Outloud’. ‘Outloud’ is a youth initiative, which aims to intervene healthy behavior pattern of 700 mobile transportation workers of 15 different districts of Nepal. Targeted transportation workers receive training and in turn become advocates of safe sex and HIV stigma reduction, affecting thousands of people in Nepal. In this project, I was given the responsibility to work as the trainer for these transportation workers about HIV/AIDS and safe sex practices. Before I looked myself as a trainer, I needed to make sure that I was educated enough to train them. So, ‘We’ for change arranged a workshop where we were given detailed knowledge about HIV/AIDS and team building exercisers to encourage the participants. From December 2015 the project began and till date our team has trained 300+ transport workers from 6 different district of Nepal.
Today, thinking about being a part of this project gives me a blissful feeling as I was chosen to provide knowledge to thousands of unaware population out there. The thing that makes me proud is the positive attitude that the participants show during and after the training. Being involved with them and exchanging knowledge that they could pass to others makes me realize that the dream I see to change the world is making its path through our efforts. Thus, now I believe that, if people putting their shame aside, try and gather knowledge to change their behavior and attitude regarding issues such as HIV/AIDS, sooner or later the face of our country will take a turnover towards positive side regarding the status of awareness among people about such significant issues.
Don’t tell me early in your life this wouldn’t have got you excited.
Selling off 15 kilograms of written papers out of your junior school note copies. The books would yield slightly less money than copies but I was satisfied at the amount I was getting paid by the ‘khali-sisiwaladai’. At 13 years of age this was the only thing I thought could be recycled. Yes, that’s true I thought paper was the only thing that could be recycled and made new again.
I thought my ink would wash off my favorite, science copy which went into a big magical hot pot with water and fairy dust. And the end product you ask me?
Well it would be a brand new copy where my words slipped to form the best handwriting ever to get me straight A’s on my exams.
You see the time when I was 13, the world wasn’t ruled by smartphones and internet. I wasn’t taught to reuse plastics then.The only thing adults did was throw the piece of junk off of their body as if, getting rid of it and throwing off in the streets would make them clean. A better version, I must say “civilized”. I learned from my mother that if we pile up food stuff that would rot, in a big hole then we could plant tomatoes and chilly on our gardens and grow up healthy with the byproduct. This was my second lesson on what could be reused.
‘When like minds come together great things come forth’. A very good friend of mine, we sat down on a bizarre Sunday morning on an ice cold bench on some strictly prohibited government office, we thought of what could be contributed to bring some change. Both of us, since our school days we were very fascinated with saving things. Be it the very first dairy milk’s wrapper we ate, we saved it beneath our bed sheets. Or be it our first plastic horrible movie ticket, we saved it. We saved it all.
So we thought why don’t we do things and teach someone what we’re always best at, and that was trying hard to save things. We came up with reuse and recycle project.
So little did I knew that newspapers could be turned to flower vases, old scratched compact discs could be turned to a memorable photo frame, a t-shirt into a trendy, cool hand bag, beer bottles into light stands and so much more.
The only problem was that, now that I had learned so much to recycle my stuff the old ‘kali sisidai’ returns empty handed most of the times.
We visited schools after schools teaching kids what we know now which we hadn’t known when we were little. To recycle and reuse things. To make them understand that anything ugly could be made beautiful if we try hard enough.
Out of all I wanted to teach them, make memories out of garbage.
So much went through the entire month of March 2017. There was International Women's Day to celebrate; Election of new Board of Directors; Celebration of 5 years anniversary of 'We' family. Phew!
'We' for Change on the occassion of International Women's Day 2017, organized a drama at NCDS, Buddhangar. The drama captured the sexual harassment faced by a woman in different settings; home, office and public places. For three rigorous weeks, trainees of 'We' for Change prepared a wonderful which was able to convey the message, 'It is time to act! #BeBoldforChange'
With the completion of International Women's Day 2017, it was time for 'We' team (2015-2017) to handover the leadership to the next generation. The election of the new team 2017-2019 took place on March 9th at NCASC,Teku. On March 14, 'We' family welcomed the new team admist the well-wishers, members, friends and family at Moksh, Jhamsikhel. The new Board of Directors for 2017-2019 are:
'We' wishes the new Board of Directors, a very best of luck. Keep supporting us!
What a roller coaster it was! ‘We’ failed, ‘We’ learned, ‘We’ stood back up, ‘We’ grew!
Few weeks back, ‘We’ had conducted a survey where lots of you lovely people took their time off just to answer the questions ‘We’ had provided. Reading your insights on 2016 was indeed delightful and what made us love you more is you trusted us enough to tell us all about your 2016.
Greatest lesson learned?
‘You don’t need to compromise your life. You always have choices. Don’t be hard on yourself. Appreciate yourself for being strong.’
‘Patience for better future.’
Hi Suziena and Rujina. Does this line look familiar to you?
Indeed, all our life we are so much involved in doing things we want that sometimes we forget to give ourselves some break. So much that we forget the struggles and the hardship that follows. My lovely changers, it’s okay to give yourself a break once in a while. Relax. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Take yourself out for a date ;)
Pamper yourself. Love yourself. As they said it, ‘If you won’t, who will?’
And in all the process to get what you want, have some patience. For every situation, there is a right time and a right place. Have patience and keep going. You never know when things get better.
Hardest thing this year:
A lot of you wrote, ‘Failure in achieving dreams’.
First of all, Kudos to you all. It takes guts to accept your situation. Does it mean ‘We’ are telling you are weak? Of course not! It takes immense guts to accept where you stand. It is about being honest with yourself. It is about acceptance and moving on.
Like our very own Rhitu who said. ‘I had some difficulty but finally I am moving on and I am happy’. Like Rhitu, you all might have faced some difficulty. The degree of difficulty might be different but eventually, look! You all made it through 2016!
Looking forward to 2017: Want to LEARN
‘Doing things that make me HAPPY! The tiniest to the greatest! The craziest to the finest!’
Suziena, you are on a roll! Yes, whatever you want to learn in 2017. Remember never forget to be HAPPY!
Some wants to be self-dependent, some want to learn something new, but never forget to be HAPPY and do what you are willing to do.
With all that in mind, get ready for a new year, a new beginning! Remember what you all wrote to us. What you mentioned about your goals of 2017. And when you step into the first day of 2018, make sure you did all you thought you could. I know you all can do it!
Best wishes from ‘We’ for Change!