Well, it was not a difficult choice, explains Toptal’s Director of Engineering, Anna-Chiara Bellini, who is also leading judge on the scholarship selection committee: “Rojina’s application [for the scholarship] just blew us away. She is both brilliant and ambitious, and is not only working hard to develop her own
We spent an afternoon down by the river outside Narayanghat watching the children play. Sure, those kids don’t have Ipads or mobile phones – there’s no swings or children’s bikes either. But as this video will show, they have so much more! Here’s a tribute to the Village Playground – down by the river…
Congratulations U-19 team!The U-19 national soccer team of Nepal did it for the first time ever! They are now SAFF Champions after defeating all South Asian opponents. Wow!! Left in the unforgiving trail of young Nepalese boots lie Bhutan and Bangladesh, Afghanistan – beaten in the semi-finals – and in the final match, arch-rival India! Who knows what these young players might not achieve in the years to come, not least when they start filling the ranks of the adult national team – and what upcoming talented teenage soccers they might have inspired already!
Here’s more on Nepal’s young soccer players – and on soccer teams, games and more from around the country. It’s kicking out there for sure:-) Check out GoalNepal.com!
NB: All Nepal Football Association hold tenders on U17 players, as well as players from Army teams, every year. Local clubs submit bids and the highest offer wins. This year, Rupandehi gave up in the tender and Kailali scored the sixteen U17 players, only few weeks before the tournament kicks off!
“National team midfielder Rohit Chand became the highest paid football player in Nepal as he signed a Rs. 150,000 [a month] record deal with Machhindra Football Club…” Rising Nepal, Oct. 9, 2013.
By the way: football is indeed a major field of corruption in Nepal. Here’s more…
Motorbikes and fast cars are conventionally a man thing. But not to a young woman down in Chitwan. To her, a fast-geared bike is as natural as a hair drier! Watch as she takes rounds inside an old-fashioned motordrome: on the wall of death. She is traveling with a whole crew of drivers – her being the only woman on the team – and she has made it her living. If there are few opportunities, well suddenly there is one, after all. Once seeing the drivers and trying it out herself, she just got caught and never looked back. Her family supports her too. Here she is – telling a bit about herself – up on the wall of death!
What’s the annual budget for public education in Nepal? Well, this year it’s 80 billion rupees – four times the budget for agriculture, almost three times the budget for health and – in fact – far above the budget for any other development sector in the country. Perhaps it’s not a big budget compared to the needs. But with this budget, all school children would at least have basic things like textbooks for their studies, right? Wrong. This year, tens of thousands of students began the school year without books.