The hall in the 4th floor of MIC building is all equipped today, with audiences gathered together for the EMFound Day; to keep the memories of the beautiful Ellaine alive. They’re all waiting for the ceremony to begin, to cherish for the beautiful Ellaine and take a moment to remember all the good deeds done for the welfare of mankind, in her memento; to turn back and see, how it gave rise to a beautiful organization, EMFound (Ellaine Memorial Foundation) which has always been a social welfare organization since its birth. It’s been 10 years since the darkest day, when Ellaine left us and left us totally sober. To keep this memory eternal, the EMFound Day is happening here, with the hope of creating more bigger impacts with our small acts.
Elliane Memorial Foundation is a sister organization of Unlimited Technology Pvt. Ltd which is registered as ‘Not-for-Profit’ company under the Company Act 2006, Section 5 – Sub-Section (1) and a registered member of Social Welfare Council of Nepal.
The program is inaugurated by the respected Allen sir, with his good words for his late daughter Ellaine. He begins with the poem written by Ellaine during her last hours in the hospital. He says,”As I put the fire on her pyre I had promised that I would devote the rest of my life to the empowerment of the youths of the country” which eventually gave birth to the EMFound. He then gives some briefing about the EMFound scholarship program for the needy girls as he was very well known to the fact that the ratio of the girls pursuing their higher studies after passing SLC was very low.
In addition, to the scholarship program, EMFound has been organizing different appathons and hackathons for the benefits of students. Ms. Sonika Manandhar talks about the history of EMFound in organizing different appathons & ideathons where 300+ youths participated and their bootcamps(pre-events) in which, more than 500 students were participated.
And now comes the time for the dance performance by some of the Microsoft S’tudent Partners 2017- Dipesh, Sujan, Shikha, Rujeena and Aditi; whose theme is ‘Depression’. People think depression is sadness, crying or dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again. To help them get over this feeling, they’ve presented a motivational dance cover on “Hall of Fame” by the Script.
After the dance performance comes the MVP Mr. Pradeep Kandel to give a brief session about the golden 1000 days, code camp and other solutions developed by the innovative minds of today’s youths with a motto to bring change in the society. Golden 1000 Days was an initiative brought by EMFound in association with the UNICEF to use technology in improving the women and child health, where the students brought their ideas into a product during the code camp.
Nayana Shakya is the next speaker who talks about entrepreneurship in motivating the youths to develop their own solutions and ventures, with her pre-acclerator program supported by microsoft ventures, invention cycle and the lean startup machine where the students are encouraged, not just to stay within their limits but to go out of the building to validate their ideas and analyze the real scenerio.
Then comes Suchitra Maharjan with her small talk about the TechCamp Nepal, supported by the US Embassy Nepal which is an initiative to empower girls in the field of technology. Here, the girls are trained with different bootcamps where they learn the skills which they’d be using during the real event, happening on March,2017 (tentative). This event is exclusively for girls; ‘TechGirls’ with the motto: “Equal, if not better!”.
Junu Thapa talks about edunet nepal, an another initiative of MIC Nepal and EM Found, which has been working to provide digital education by distributing computers to schools and providing digital literacy training to the teachers. She gives an example of a school situated in a remote area, Burtibang of Baglung district where the school administration works hard and gets a sophisticated computer lab ready within just three days even during the shortage of resources.
And here’s one more performance by the band “The MIC” on the song “aadha raatma”. The band members started their journey from the MSP 2016 during their summit, which is the reason behind their name and they’ve also been awarded the best band of the month in Capital FM 92.
A short discussion for the “standardization of newari bhasa” takes place for a while and Allen sir officially ends the session with a motivational video.
Entrepreneurship and Startups by EMFound
According to statistics, every year 4000 IT and Engineering students graduate every year but only 300 jobs are created in the field of technology.
One of the major focus of EMFound is Entrepreneurship and startups for youth. Naina Shakya leads and mentors this program. The main objectives behind this program is to motivate youths to use their ideas for startups and create the idea of self employment. For the motivation there’s “Katha Ra Byatha” program oraganized every once in a while. Many successful entrepreneur and business personality are invited to share their failure and hard work stories so youths are inspired. It also organizes “Invention Life Cycle” that mainly focuses on innovation and creativity. It teaches youths to think differently. There’s also a ventures week program under this category. Similarly many Youths are provided with 1000s of Genuine software essential for their startups and learning. Preacceletor is another program for youths. It is a 3 months training for technical startups. It helps youths to give life to their ideas and start a company. This pre-acceletor was initiated by Microsoft Ventures and Nepal is one of 4 countries that is allowed to conduct this program. Also “Hraswo” is another program where youths work for visually impaired people by developing audio gaming app. Similarly “Tech Camp” is another amazing program organized for girls. This program focuses on girls involvement in technology field with a tagline “Equal if not Better.”
Summing of the programs of Emfound for Entrepreneurship and Startups:
- Katha ra Byatha
- Ventures Week
- Dreamspark Account
- Tech Camp for girls
EMFound for Youth
With a warm greeting, Mr. Allen Bailochan Tuladhar started the program. He talked about the Foundation and its objectives.
EMFound came into existance when MR. Tuladhar vowed to work for the youths in whatever way possible while putting fire into his daughter Ellaine pyre. Elliane Memorial Foundation is a sister organization of Unlimited Technology Pvt. Ltd which is registered as ‘Not-for-Profit’ company under the Company Act 2006, Section 5 – Sub-Section (1) and a registered member of Social Welfare Council of Nepal. EMFound is providing seed funding in partnership with Unlimited Technology and Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal to provide seed funding for startups using technology. EMFound provides digital opportunities to youths to ensure that they have access to technology, digital literacy skills, innovation solutions development and finally careers and entrepreneurship. The primary focus of EMFound is impact fund, youth empowerment and technology innovation. At the same time, EMFound is running an Ellaine Memorial Foundation Scholarship.
Some of the successful programs of this foundation are:
- Tech Camp for girls in association with US Embassy.
- Human Right Appathon
- Golden 1000 Days camp also supported by UNICEF and Nepal Government
- EMFound scholarships
EMFound Annual Day
We are all gathered here on 4th floor of MIC in the memory of a beautiful soul, Ellaine. She went away but giving a rise to commitment to do better for every deserving youth. EMFound was started in the memory of Ellaine. This foundation gives opportunity to many youth in the field of technology, career, digital skills and enterpreneurship.
This evening is all dedicated to Ellaine, the girl behind small act for big impact, behind every youth opportunities and behind every smiles and success of youth.