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SANTOSHI RANA,
FOUNDER

After attaining a Master’s degree in Media & Communication Management from Middlesex University, London and getting a chance to work as a Campaigner, Communication Intern, Media Reader & Training Consultant besides being involved with organisations like OXFAM and Haemophilia Society, after much contemplation, I decided to come back to Nepal. While working with ChangeFusion Nepal supporting social ventures and organizing the Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award – the first ever Nepali award of its kind which recognised hidden heroes – I finally got the courage to move out of my comfort zone. It was always my dream to start something of my own and during the course of time I tried to figure out what I really wanted to do. I realised that my fear of ageing had to do with the fact that it is not taken in a very positive manner in our society. Over a period of time, I also got to meet a lot of inspiring individuals who were still living their lives despite their age and that is when Bihani took shape. It has been created as a platform to provide the support system that our elders needed, where unfulfilled dreams can take shape or where experiences would find a way beyond individuals through various activities. At Bihani, we believe that one should re – engage, re – explore and re- live to have a rewarding life till the end.The main thought being, one should have lived their life to the fullest and not let any regrets ruin it.

SUSMRITI TAMANG,
HEALTH & REHABILITATION COORDINATOR AND TAI CHI INSTRUCTOR

As the saying goes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, I believe contentment can be obtained with clarity and confidence. From being a National Tai Chi player to BBS student, I have come across with Bihani since its earlier days. Throughout my journey, I have learnt that ageing is a continuous process taking a step ahead with beauty, purpose and appreciation. I feel more confident and knowledgeable having been exposed to several sessions on ageing and interactions with individuals of different age groups. With focus on mental and physical wellbeing, I have honed my skills on ageing issues, elderly care and care-giving interventions for holistic health care. I in “Improvement of Community Based Disaster Risk Management and Post disaster Psycho-social care for Socially Vulnerable People in Nepal” through a year-long training by Japan International Support Program (JISP), and thus recognised as a TOT expert. Thankfully, I have been able to facilitate the best practices in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Dharan and Pokhara for caregivers, families, elders and youth groups. I feel blessed that I have touched hearts of many individuals through Bihani. Sometimes, ageing can be too hard on life but ultimately, it seems rewarding to see joyful faces and get emotionally-connected as one family.

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