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15 Jul, 2015

Bangkok Photo Exhibition to Support “Hand-in-Hand We Stand for Nepal” Project

Bangkok – A new photo exhibition that showcases Nepal’s rich history takes place at the Park Ventures Phloenchit on the 13-15 July 2015 from 10 am – 6 pm daily.

Rare photographs belonging to renowned photographer Kiran Man Chitrakar whose family has held the lineage of Royal Court photographers for three generations will be on display. These photos are seldom put on display. Visitors can also buy the photos with all proceeds going to fund the Hand-in-Hand We Stand for Nepal project.

The three day event will see Mr Khaga Nath Adhikari, Nepalese Ambassador to Thailand as the Guest of Honour. He says, “We highly appreciate the help and support from the international community for the earthquake victims in Nepal, including the very kind and generous support from Thailand. Efforts such as the Hand in Hand: Stand for Nepal would be helpful in promoting sustainable rehabilitation of the victims. We expect active participation and support from all interested persons.”

Hand-in-Hand We Stand for Nepal is an initiative set-up to give the victims of the earthquake an opportunity to start and run self-sustainable grassroots businesses that will be a means to provide for themselves and their families.

The project aims to help the victims create a new future – transitioning from dependency on relief efforts to carving new livelihoods for themselves and in doing so, for Nepal. Channel 7 actress, Yol Pranvarin, a Thai with Nepalese descent would host part of the event.

A second phase of the project, a follow-up from the photo exhibition will be held in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu on 22-23 August 2015. This event will showcase the products and services provided by the new businesses that have come into fruition through support from the initiative.

The exhibition held at Park Ventures is free and open to the public on all three days. It is held on the retail area of the complex. The closest BTS station is Phloenchit.

The event will feature a talk by Sunil Khadka, owner of several businesses and the President of the Youth Movement for Motherland Nepal. He will share his experiences of being on the ground when the quake struck aided by images and video clips.

We will also hear via video-conference from Suyogya Tuladhar, a dynamic entrepreneur with multiple businesses in Information Technology and Infotainment. His talk will focus on what life is like for locals in the aftermath of the quake. The Thai public will have the opportunity to question him about the necessary resources needed to create viable grassroots businesses.

There would be other speakers and activities as well.

The Nepalese generals who commanded the search and rescue efforts on helicopters for survivors in remote villages will also share their experiences. Channel 7 actress, Yol Pranvarin, a Thai with Nepalese descent would host part of the event. The 3 day event would also provide the public the opportunity to participate in the following ways:

  • Provide donations to create a resource centre. The resource centre would act as a micro-financing house for the grassroots businesses, share tools and resources, and provide training and skill-set development.
  • Interested entrepreneurs with experience in grassroots product development will have the opportunity to fly to Nepal and share their skills and expertise.
  • Serve as distributors of the products and services that come out of this project in Thailand and to the rest of the world.
  • Sign up as volunteers to support the second phase of the initiative to be held in Kathmandu 22-23 August. This is a good opportunity for Thai Youth to explore the world outside and the Nepalese Embassy would provide support with regards to visas, etc.