On July 21, Social entrepreneur Haushala Thapa, whom is traveling throughout the US, joined us from Nepal and shared her incredible story of social entrepreneurship.
In 2008, Nepali 21-year-old Haushala Thapa discovered an abusive orphanage in Kathmandu. In that same night, she mobilized the national police, shut down the orphanage, and rescued all 14 children. To provide them with sustainable access to their fundamental rights, Haushala founded the boarding school Life Vision Academy (LVA) and the NGO Children and Youth First (CYF) to fund it.
Today the school provides a safe home and education to 45 children and teens who can’t afford public schooling. Its model is unprecedented in the Kathmandu Valley, and Haushala has been widely recognized for her achievements in social work and entrepreneurial leadership. She also founded the Haushala Women’s Cooperative in 2013, providing marginalized women with social strength and economic independence through knitting, sewing, and unconventional handicrafts; the merchandise has now been worn on 5 continents. Over the past two months, Haushala has also led CYF in providing life-saving, long-term earthquake relief to villages that need it most.
Haushala graduated from St. Xaviers College in Kathmandu with a degree in social work. Her years of volunteer experience include: working with street children through CWIN, youth mobilizing in Norway with Save The Children, mobile clinics for rural areas with Social Action Volunteers Nepal, and the Pashupati nursing home. She has also worked with the Ministry of Women and Children and Social Welfare for the National Center for Children at Risk, helping lost and found children, from 2008 to 2009. She was recognized by VOW magazine’s 2008 “Top Ten College Women” list, and has also collaborated with USAID on a short film about AIDS. Haushala currently runs freelance training on personality development and leadership in various social work colleges in Kathmandu.
You can learn more about CYF and their causes by liking their Facebook pages Children and Youth First and Children and Youth First USA.