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Tsering Younden Yamada

Age: 16
Language: Nepali, Tibetan, Own dialect, Hindi, Japanese,English 
Favorite food: Nepali food

​Magnificence of Nepal's Himalayas

Be Charitable and Sympathetic towards underprivileged folks

Q1) How do you define the word “Beauty”?

The moment that I feel “Beauty” in life is when I travel and explore different places around Nepal with my favorite people. 

Q2) What is an aspect in your counry that represents your definition of beauty?

The beauty of my country, Nepal, is the Scenic and picturesque nature we have. My personality leans heavily toward adventure and that's the moment I feel “beauty” in life. Therefore, every year I hike and go on treks to various places in Nepal. Some of the places I have visited previously are Shivapuri Hill, Namobuddha Hill, and Nagarjun Hill. 

This “beauty” image is a picture of me that was captured during the 2020 lockdown in the Nubri Village of Nepal. Since people were restricted to meet in public areas, thus I had plenty of time that year to spend outside, it gave me the opportunity to travel/hike to various locations around Nepal. I feel “beauty” in these moments because I can explore the wonderful nature Nepal has and can create delightful memories with my favorite people. The scenic nature of Nepal helped to form me into the person I am today as it taught me to appreciate the beautiful things in my life and the world around me. Trying to enjoy nature and stepping outside of my comfort zone allowed me to become a more strong, caring and independent person. 

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Q3) What is a challenge that your country is facing?

As depicted in my photo, the biggest challenge that Nepal citizens face is the poverty coming from the limited employment opportunities. In Nepal, the government only offers employment opportunities based on people’s qualifications. However, due to the lack of education of the public citizens, people are not able to receive these qualifications resulting in them being in poverty. According to the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index, in Nepal, 42.5 percent of the people are living in multidimensional poverty and more than 5% of the Nepalis are unemployed. The “Challenge” photo is an image of a man begging for money at the Boudhanath Stupa - also unemployed. I can never forget the day when he came to ask me for food, but I felt helpless because I didn’t have any money in my pocket to buy him anything. Like this, it is very common to see people on the streets begging, in bare feet for money and it breaks my heart when I imagine what it must be like for them in the winter when they lack shelter and warm clothing. 

Q4) Are there things you are doing to help solve that challenge?

As a dedicated individual with a strong desire to bring about positive change in my country, I am currently engaged in a project called “The Pad Project”. This initiative aims to address the issue of poor menstrual hygiene management among low-and-middle income communities in Nepal, which negatively impacts the education and employment opportunities for girls. The Pad Project involves distributing reusable and washable pads to remote villages in Nepal, as well as raising awareness about the importance of menstrual health, hygiene, and education. DUe to the limited availability of health facilities in rural areas many women in Nepal are forced to rely on inadequate or potentially dangerous alternatives. Through this project, I hope to not only improve the lives of women and girls in Nepal, but also to combat negative societal attitudes and stigmas surrounding menstruation. It is my belief that by empowering women and all menstruators, we can create a more equitable and just society for all. 

Q5) What is your ideal world?

In my ideal society, everyone should have the same access to basic freedoms, quality healthcare, and a strong national government that is always ready to do what is best for the country rather than just observe what is going on around it. 

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