The Team

Santoshi Rana,

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 and Rehabilitation Coordinator

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.

Amit Shakya,
Programmes and Operations Coordinator

“Positive Mind. Positive Vibes Positive Life.” I have completed my Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) graduate from Nesfield International College and I want to give my best in contributing to social causes. It is at Bihani, that I t came to know about the social issue of ageing and its beauty. I like photography besides, my interests in looking out for new ideas and exploring new places. The work I do, gives me the privilege of learning about individuals, exploring their interests while bringing positive changes in the society and my own self. Is strongly feel that, elders are analogous to Google where we can explore all the knowledge, ideas and information based on their life long experiences. Our elders are the best guide for us and the forthcoming generations.

Suruchi Maharjan,
Programme Coordinator

I was not close to my grandparents, but working with senior citizens has been life-changing for me. I started as an intern in Bihani doubting my abilities, but now I confidently provide social prescription activities to senior citizens like coloring, playing online/mobile games, and chatting. I never thought how these simple interactions can make a big difference. One amazing moment was seeing a 95-year-old client play the ukulele. I have also witnessed seniors enjoying mobile games, singing songs and origami which brought me so much happiness and made me realise that age is just a number. Getting the opportunity of being trained in using Montessori tools made me release how useful it can be for seniors, not just children. My perspective on working and interacting with seniors has completely changed for the better. I am thankful to Bihani for all the opportunities provided.

Abhishek Adhikari,
Programme Officer