Founder’s Day 2022 – Thanks for Celebrating with Us!

Founder’s Day 2022 – Thanks for Celebrating with Us!

Founder’s Day 2022 – held over Zoom on Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 – was a tremendous success!

Thank you to everyone who signed in live to commemorate another remarkable year of transformative impact in Nepal! Our global team deeply appreciates your many messages of congratulations and support. Olga is touched by the well-wishes in celebration of her life and work.

The team in Nepal, led by Som Paneru, was so delighted to see everyone’s excitement during the event—and deeply gratified by the warmth and loving encouragement our community shared with guest speakers Jeena Maharjan and Bishnu Chaudhary. If you were unable to attend Founder’s Day in person (or if you would like to share the celebration with a friend or over social media), the full event is now available through our YouTube channel.

It was so wonderful to see our remarkable community of loving supporters from across the world, current and former staff members (especially those in Nepal!), and program graduates. Meeting together in this way is such a joy—and we are so grateful you joined in the fun.

Thank you to everyone who registered, attended, participated, and donated. Thanks, too, to anyone who invited a friend or spread the word on social media. A very special thank you goes to co-hosts Shrijana Singh Yonjan and Dr. Angela Pal; videographers Roy Cox and Robin Mortarotti; and guest speakers Jeena Maharjan and Bishnu Chaudhary for helping shape the inspiring presentations; author and philanthropist Isabel Allende for her beautiful birthday wish; to the volunteers, board members, advisory board members, and staff working behind the scenes; and of course, to Olga Murray and Som Paneru for giving us so much to celebrate!

Olga’s 97th Birthday Goal

We are so excited to share that, including donations, pledges, and auction items, we exceeded our Founder’s Day 2022 fundraising goal of $97,000 in honor of Olga’s 97th birthday!

Thank you to each wonderful supporter who donated in honor of Founder’s Day 2022! Early gifts carried us over halfway to our goal, and the remarkable generosity during our event carried us well over our goal amount. Your gifts will make a transformative difference providing Education, Health, Shelter, and Freedom to children in Nepal!

NYF’s global team is truly humbled by the warmth, love, and kindness of our incredible community. Perhaps most of all, we are humbled by the trust you place in us with each thoughtful contribution to the causes we share.

A gallery screengrab from the Founder's Day 2022 Zoom call, with multiple people (Nepal staff members) highlighted with an orange border.
Did you spot the Nepal team at Founder’s Day 2022? Many of our remarkable staff were present! Highlighted above in orange boxes (top to bottom, left to right), we celebrated with Som Paneru, Sanjoj Maharjan, Bhim Shrestha (and several senior Olgapuri girls!), Rajan Pandit, Laxmi Ghimire (social worker and VECC manager of marketing & placement), Sumitra Dhakal, Chhori Laxmi, Navin Timalsina (Olgapuri program officer), Man Bahadur Chhetri, Riswo Gorkhali, Hem Shrestha (and several senior Olgapuri boys!), Lalit Gahatraj, Anjita Parajuli, Raju Dhamala, Umesh Regmi, volunteer extraordinaire Sajani Amatya, and Sarita Neupane! Click their names to learn more about each of these devoted experts!

Thank you for helping our global team transform lives every day in Nepal. Whether your focus is nutrition programming, girls’ education, vocational and entrepreneurship training for young adults, childhood mental health, or safe housing for kids, YOUR SUPPORT makes a tangible, positive difference in the lives we touch.

Thank you for joining us in daring to tackle some of the toughest, most entrenched challenges facing the children we serve.

Your love is providing Education, Health, Shelter, and Freedom to Nepal’s newest generation – and graduates from our programs are proving that your #LoveWorks. Dhanyabad!

If you have not yet fulfilled your Founder’s Day pledge, or if you would like to make another thoughtful gift, please do so here.


Lucky Winners

Our U.S. team is contacting auction winners and pledge raffle winners. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to us by emailing info@nepalyouthfoundation.org.


The Caste Equality Project & Educating Dalit Lawyers

A highlight of Founder’s Day 2022 was our announcement of our ambitious new program, the Caste Equality Project!

A Zoom screenshot of a presentation highlight. The text says "The Caste Equality Project is NYF's new initiative" and the main photo is of a community of Musahar Dalits in eastern Nepal speaking to NYF president Som Paneru while he listens intently. A thin bar of 9 random Founder's Day attendees are visible at the right of the image.

Phase 1: Educating Dalit Lawyers launches the summer of 2022, with the first group of 15 students entering Kathmandu law schools at the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year. Olga is ecstatic about the potential these young people have to change their world for the better, and Som and his team are eager to scale our work in the coming years.

Program pages for these exciting projects are now live (linked above) and we will be sharing photos, stories, and information about our progress as this information becomes available.

Please keep an eye out for updates right here on our blog about all our programs—we’re so excited to share more with you soon about the impact your support is having on the lives of so many!

A Zoom screenshot from a video presentation during Founder's Day 2022. A caption along the bottom says, "and to create conditions for social justice". The image is of a group of eight young Nepali women grinning at the camera while standing together with a friendly, familiar energy between them. Their clothes are office casual and blend elements of western and Nepali styles.
NYF is committed to helping children, young adults, and families in Nepal’s Dalit communities to overcome the systemic barriers that have held them back for centuries. Step one is to empower passionate members of these communities to lead the charge!

Dhanyabad!

A photo banner featuring side-by-side Zoom screenshots of Olga Murray and Som Paneru, alongside a gallery Zoom screenshot of 35 random viewers holding their hands up in a heart shape. "Thank you for a successful Founder's Day!" is written across the top.