My Republica

Simone Galimberti

Simone Galimberti is the Co-Founder of ENGAGE, an NGO partnering with youths to promote social inclusion in Nepal.

Out of this, a better world

Published On: May 14, 2020 03:00 PM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Over the last month we are seeing how a crisis like the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is bringing again the best out of the people. I am saying again because it has been the same during the emergency following the earthquakes that hit the country.

Think big and bold

Published On: April 4, 2020 08:44 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, shared in his recent story for The Washington Post that while the epicenters of COVID 19 will remain Europe and the US for the next few months, it will surely expand to places like Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, and Monrovia. Kathmandu may be added to the list.

Partnership for a cause

Published On: March 7, 2020 10:46 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Let me start with a little exercise in imagination and think of a scenario that could happen to everybody, given the disproportionately high number of accidents happening in the national roads.  Following a really bad spinal injury you are now bound in a wheelchair.  You are lucky that the country has some good rehabilitation institutions like the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center (SIRC) funded by the civil society activist and intellectual Kanak Mani Dixit.

Untapped leadership

Published On: February 22, 2020 12:24 PM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

In Nepal like in many other countries, you often read about CEOs of big businesses like major banks or corporate groups talking about leadership and management as if only power, money, that often come from privilege, are the only essential determinants of leadership. With media houses in search for the cool guy able to talk leadership and give wise advice, it all smells of entitlement and power.

Determination to succeed

Published On: February 1, 2020 09:39 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Dan Theeng is a 24-years-old young man striving for success despite a life full of hardships. Originally from Sarlahi, Dan lost her mother when he was a toddler and till now he does not know much about the causes of her death. Her passing is wrapped in a sort of mystery as his father, a local farmer, never wanted to share with him what led to the tragic loss of his wife and Dan was never able to raise the issue. Likewise, when he was really small, like thousands of other people at that time, Dan contracted polio, a condition that defined his life for better.

Commemorating the king

Published On: January 20, 2020 08:48 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Today is a special day in the United States of America but actually this same day should hold a very special importance throughout the world, including Nepal. It is a special occasion because it celebrates Dr Martin Luther King, the civil rights hero who sacrificed his life for freedom, justice and equity for all, especially for those citizens who were the descendants of African slaves, who for centuries, had their basic rights denied and for whom King fought a peaceful battle.

Teaching challenges

Published On: January 5, 2020 08:57 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to lead a skills lab for bachelor’s degree students of social work, trying to help them bridge the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge. There is no training that can make a youth completely ready for a job as only a continuous and engaging “on the job” experience can help her become the best she can be.

Charting future for sports

Published On: December 21, 2019 08:45 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

With the South Asian Games (SAG) over, it is high time we reflected on the achievements of Nepal and started a conversation to chart a roadmap for the future of sports in the country. It is an exciting time for the sports in the country as athletes with zero or very little support from the government won the highest number of gold medals ever in South Asian level.  Throughout the games, you could see sheer joy and excitement in the streets, something so contagious that also got hold of those folks that are normally dismissive or simply uninterested of anything related to sports.

Celebrating volunteerism

Published On: December 5, 2019 12:36 PM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Today (December 5) is the International Volunteer Day, a special day celebrated worldwide, including in Nepal, to acknowledge and recognize the efforts of citizens of all age groups and economic status that put time and energies to solve local problems. Volunteers should be celebrated locally and nationally because without them it will be nearly impossible to materialize the vision of ‘Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali.’

Go local

Published On: December 1, 2019 12:02 PM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

With the air pollution emergency still ranging over Delhi that unlikely will subsidize any time soon, the situation in Kathmandu is not much better either. Perhaps a good majority of citizens of the Valley got used to it but ask any foreign tourist spending some days around the town and you will soon hear complaints about how polluted Kathmandu has become.

Together for sports

Published On: November 10, 2019 12:00 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

The upcoming South Asian Games will be an opportunity not only to build and renovate infrastructures. More athletes will benefit from this

Localizing SDGs

Published On: October 26, 2019 12:00 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

If more distressed countries can work on localizing the SDGs, so can Nepal

Welcome the volunteers

Published On: September 21, 2019 12:00 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

The upcoming arrival of Chinese volunteer teachers to Nepal can help reframe the debate on the role and contributions of international volunteers

Mentoring the youth

Published On: September 7, 2019 12:00 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Initiating and promoting mentoring and coaching culture can be of great help for youth who are seeking jobs

Power to youth

Published On: August 24, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Grassroots level policy-making and activism can truly transform Nepali youth and Nepal

Activism for a cause

Published On: August 3, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Nepal needs its youth working together with other sections of the society as active citizens to volunteer, to create awareness or to advocate as per the need

Volunteering during disaster

Published On: July 20, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

During the disaster, Nepal can rely on a professional corps of volunteers, the first response teams composed by citizens from all the walks of life

Power of sports

Published On: July 6, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Nepal’s teams and athletes are still the underdogs like the Raptors and Warriors many years ago. But change is possible

Call for equality

Published On: June 16, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

Everybody should be part of call for social justice to address the most pressing needs of the most marginalized sections of the society

Lead where you can

Published On: June 1, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Simone Galimberti

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Tostmasters gathering where members learn to master the art of public speaking. I was mesmerized by the attentions to the details, the way the sessions were structured and delivered and the overall level of professionalism. Toastmasters is much more than just a platform for public speaking. It can be one of the best ways to boost your self-confidence and challenge yourself to become better.