SHERRY SHERPA, FORMER PR & NETWORKING OFFICER
“I joined Bihani because I just love every vibe about it! Before I joined the team here, I used to attend its various inter- generational events such as musical events and potluck along with my father who is a signed member of this social enterprise. Bihani has many senior members who are still very active and desire to do a lot in their lives, all very inspiring to see and learn from. Working with senior citizens here has made me realise that while developing a positive outlook to ageing is important, ageing positively is even harder for parents who are widow/widower. I wish to see a future where everyone sees elders as contributing members of family and society, and assures that elders are valued.”
SUSMITA RAJOPADHYAYA, FORMER ORGANISATIONAL SERVICES COORDINATOR
“There is a saying that “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” Seeing parents being abandoned in Nepal or leaving them at old age homes is a prominent social issue in Nepal which I do not support. I believe that each of us can fulfill our dreams or follow our interests at any age. Similarly, our elders deserve an environment where pursuing any dream or interest is possible. Working with Bihani enables me to work towards that meaningful purpose of enabling elders enjoy their optimum wellbeing and living life with dignity.”
AAKANSHYA REGMI, FORMER VOLUNTEER
I believe life is a journey, full of adventures like a game and the different phases of being born – young and old are its different levels. Remember how games get tougher and tougher after you win every level? Ageing to me is something like that. The more you age, the tougher your life becomes but at the same time you get to know life enough, to live it peacefully. I am Aakanshya Regmi, a student of +2 who believes in living my life to its fullest and in doing things that my heart longs for. This is why I love working in any way I can help others!
PRABIGYA MANANDHAR, FORMER VOLUNTEER
I am Prabigya Manandhar, a Bachelor of Social Work Student with interests in painting, singing, reading books and travelling to different places. The elders in my life are individuals who have helped me get on the right path as they know more about life than I do. The phase we are going through right now has already been crossed by them and they can guide in the best possible manner. They are the ones who have taught me to overcome any problem with courage, confidence and also to live my life with joy.
PRATIKSHA GAUTAM, FORMER VOLUNTEER
“At twenty people worry about what others think about them, at forty they don’t care about what others think about them, at sixty they discover that they have not been thinking about them at all.” I am Pratiksha Gautam, a Bachelor’s in Social Work Student who believes in creativity and I love to support elders with young minds – I believe that after all, you are only as old as you think you are. I am interested in reading, handicrafts and mass communication. Elders are a storehouse of knowledge based on their experiences about family and life in all aspects including philosophical which they can impart to the younger generation. Our grandparents or elders are quite different than us because of the lives they have led and they have beautiful stories that they can share with us. With time they also become a source of reliable and well-tested information. Our elders are the ones who love us unconditionally and guide us on the right path. We as the younger generation can learn from their mistakes and what they did right.
SHREESHA SHAKYA, FORMER VOLUNTEER
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” I am Shreesha Shakya, a Bachelor in Social Work student who loves to help people, create new ideas, enjoys painting and travelling. It is paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, while the idea of getting old does is not appealing to many of us. Sometimes the younger generations tend to think of elders as a burden or a problem and fail to realise that they are actually a support system who can provide solutions for our problems based on their experiences. Personally, I would love to get to know as many elders as I can, taking in their experiences, knowledge and learning so that I can age in the most positive manner.
ASHISH BANIYA, FORMER VOLUNTEER
“Some people no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty they merely move it from their faces into their hearts”. I am Ashish Baniya, currently studying Bachelor in Social Work at Kathmandu Model College. I am interested in playing basketball, listening to music and travelling. We should not think that people become weak as they grow older. In fact, everyone is beautiful for their age.”