"I come to find myself at Awakin Circle, plain and simple. The session basically has two parts: Collective Silence and Readings, where we read and search for articles' implications.
The collective silence has helped me find peace and the reading part followed after silence always sparks intriguing conversations that again open up new perspectives. Life is enriched not by what you have but how do you feel about what you have. Perspective is key there.
All in all, I would recommend this to anyone. In my case, I rarely have time and settings that allow me to look into myself and reflect back. Awakin at Kehi Garaun facilitates that!"
"Greetings !! I have attended quite a few Awakin Circle sessions at Kehi Garoun and am pleased to say that these sessions encourage personal well being amidst a group of very warm welcoming individuals.
The highlight of these sessions in my opinion is the 20 minutes silent sitting where one is free to reflect on whatever possible is going on within and without. I also enjoy the part where the group reads and shares its personal stories relative to the reading.
I feel these have been a kind of re-wiring sessions to me in the sense that I have always taken a handful amount of new insights and approach to daily life around me. All in all these sessions have taught me to be gentle with myself as well as with all lives around me."
"Hi, I am Gaurav, and I got engaged as a active member of Awakin Circle a little while after it got started.
One of the reasons I became a regular member is that at that time, I felt anxious and had nervous energy that led my thoughts run wild and had been struggling to find a "cure."
And now, just after 4-6 regular sessions, I feel very relaxed and calm. A caring environment that enables honest sharing, the Awakin circle has helped me be more aware of (my perspective towards) life. And that awareness that brought about a calmness in my life."
"Hi, I am Nabin, I am an active member of Awakin Circle since it started.
Talking about the Awakin sessions, I feel very relaxed and calm during the sessions. The sensations, visions and imaginary world that builds inside me while meditating feels great and it makes me more curious to know about them.
I don't do a lot of sharing but I do relate to most of the conversations that we have. It kind of makes me aware of my behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.
The Awakin circle has helped me realize many things about myself that I was not aware of. "
Karan Pratap Shah, a student from Symbiosis India, worked as a full time interns at Kehi Garoun for one month. He worked on issues related to the marketing and communications of Kehi Garoun. He focused on getting the team to revise the marketing strategy, make plans to promote Kehi Garoun in local media, print brochures and banners etc. His contribution would surely help Kehi Garoun's marketing in future. We wish him all the best for his future!
Ankit Acharya, is a S.L.C Graduate. He worked as full time volunteer at Kehi Garoun from 19th April to 16th June 2013 . He is very much helpful and works with all his heart. His contribution in stationery distribution, data base and other activities is highly commendable.
He has worked in KG as a full time volunteer for 3 months.
Shtrii Shakti (S2) is an organization including experts from various areas to form a women- led national development organization. It directly translates into empowerment of women. Their holistic and action research centered development approach has resulted in programme that are both effective and appropriate to its stakeholders. Since its inception S2 has established itself as one of the lead women and youth development institutions in Nepal.
Shtrii Shakti helped 28 students of Bal Bikash School with notebooks and other stationery supplies.
Dilli Ratna Tuladhar is an ex-Student of Shanti Nikunja School. Now a rich man, he was poor when young as he was one of 9 siblings. He still remembers his past that he used to write in old notebook after erasing the old notes that he had written before. In 2013, he gave 1800 pieces of notebooks and 1800 pieces of pencils to the kids in his old school. That is when KG team met him and found that he was a living example of 'being the change'.
He said that during the examination he used to thrown out of examination hall because he could not pay the fees. He used to run to the principal’s office and request to let him appear the exam. Once, a friend of principal was present and offered to pay for the exam fees. Then, he used to do very well and top the class.
But now after lots of hardship in his life he got success. Now he owns his own Business Company named Ritual Freight which is located at Thamel. During his hardship he also got the opportunity to go abroad. After being educated and being succeed in his life he sponsored two children named Nimesh Shrestha and Nikesh Rai. Along with these two students he also had send two student abroad.
He also went to old age homes in winter to donate warm blankets. Along helping the Old people he also helped to the students of syanja by providing stationeries and old working computers in the school for students. He also arranged the musical charity program to help Bhakta Vidhya Ashram.
He advises students to give first priority to education and second priority to your work.
Pratyush Shah, a Ullen-KG Circle volunteer, is the Change maker of this month. He is a first year IB student at Ullens. Economics and Business in Nepal interest him the most, and he is very keen to find solutions to the problems of the country.
"I could actually be the change and be productive." says Pratyush.
Unlike other non- profit organizations, working with Kehi Garoun goes beyond traditional methods. In Pratyush, it has brought an awareness of his own role towards the well-being of the country, and the variety of avenues open to him in exploring this.
He has initiated for walk.
We hold interaction sessions at colleges to discussion students' interest in driving social change. One result of such session is that an informal club (KG Circle of Volunteers) is formed. Some of the active volunteers of these circles have ended up coordinating their own events, thereby, becoming 'change makers'.
Jeevan Shrestha was a volunteer for KG in 2011. He is a director for finance company. When his company wanted to mark a corporate milestone, instead of regular party, Jeevan worked with KG to host a a community event where 70 pints of blood was donated, and over 50 students received dental hygiene lessons where as over 120 community members received free-blood sugar test and an alternative health session.
"KG made me sensitive to social causes, and motivated me to coordinate a community health-awareness event." - a Finance Professional
"I am a proud member of KG, an exciting grassroots innovation with a huge potential inside and outside Nepal. I have decided to support KG by coordinating khuttrukes in Seattle area."
Rajesh Babu Shrestha is an IT-Architect based in Seattle, USA. As a member of the council, Rajesh contributes to KG's program design and overall sustainability.
'I am only a medium to bring change in my students' lives' says Mr. Dipak Chaulagain.After finishing his secondary education in Kavre, Dipak Chaulagain came to Kathmandu for further studies. Here, at a government campus, he studied education to become a teacher. Students of education are
required to gain teaching experience towards their practical exam, which Dipak did at the Krishna Mandir School, a government school in Kshetrapati. Upon completion, the school was eager for him to stay on
as a teacher to fill a vacant position. For Dipak, their offer was a dream come true and marked the beginning of his wonderful journey in teaching.
Now aged 35, Dipak has been teaching for 13 years. In this time, his fascination in and enthusiasm for his chosen profession have not waned. There are about 150 students at the Krishna Mandir School; almost all from poor families and about twenty percent of which are domestic child workers. Dipak considers himself privileged to teach all of these students. He understands the impact which education can have on their lives and sees himself humbly as a medium in bringing about their change.
With his monthly income of Rs. 13,000 (USD 146), Dipak looks after his family’s quotidian needs including the education of his 4 children. He, together with some of his colleagues, also provide meals and purchase school uniforms for some students in his school.
It's been two years since Dipak began his association with Kehi Garoun as a self responsible member. He gladly pays his monthly Rs. 100 membership fee without waiting for KG to collect it because he recognises the effect which this money can have, even on the lives of his own students.