CHANCE is a youth development service organisation funding education programmes in Nepal. We aim to address quality of education and provide personal development through the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.

Our DofE patrons

We are lucky to enjoy the kind support of four of Nepal’s most inspirational public figures to help us promote the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award scheme throughout the country.

The Award is open to all 14-24-year-olds and encourages young people to design their own programme of activities over time, set their own goals and challenge themselves. In order to complete it young people need to gain experience in four disciplines:

Our four patrons each represent one of these disciplines.

CHANCE Adventurous Journey Patron

Dawa Steven Sherpa

Mountaineer, businessman and Adventurous Journey Patron

The Adventurous Journey section helps young people discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.

“Life is a journey and the paths you walk define who you are. I am delighted that 60 years after the first ascent of Everest led by Lord John Hunt, co-founder of the The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, the programme is being launched nationally in Nepal, producing a new generation of adventurers.”

Dawa says the Adventurous Journey section is an opportunity to:

  • Meet new people, to appreciate their strengths and understand their weaknesses
  • Work together to overcome obstacles and reach a common goal
  • Teach you wisdom and resourcefulness

On this journey you not only will meet your limitations but surpass them in an exploration of your own spirit!

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CHANCE Physical Recreation Patron

Sneh Rana

Olympic athlete, international sports shooter and Physical Recreation Patron

The Physical Recreation section encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance, and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical wellbeing.

“Thanks to the continual support of my family and society I have been able to excel in both sport and academic life. As patron for Physical Recreation I hope to dispel any misconception that sport is usually for those who fail to perform well in school and academic subjects. Anyone can excel and I encourage everyone to try.”

Sneh says the Physical Recreation section is an opportunity to:

  • Be part of one single society: sport is a great leveller and a field of equality.
  • Enjoy exercise and sport, and benefit from a healthy lifestyle
  • Teach yourself drive and determination

By completing this section you will get fit, become healthier and find out what you are made of!

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CHANCE Skills Patron

Jhamak Ghimire

Poet, writer and Skills Patron

The Skills section enables participants to develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self-confidence and improve their employability.

“I believe the present belongs to the youth, and power for change and development is with them. We should all start from our communities and work within our capacities to make this world beautiful. All the good and bad in this world are the result of employment and exploitation of youth. Develop your skills for employment – don’t be exploited.”

Jhamak says the Skills section is an opportunity to:

  • Discover new abilities and develop existing talents
  • Improve employability by learning vocational skills
  • Teach you increased self confidence and personal motivation

By completing this section you will unleash your own potential in life!

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CHANCE Service Patron

Robin Tamang

Rock musician, singer/songwriter and Service Patron

The Service section enables participants to volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.

“Helping others is what gives us the most satisfaction in life. It feeds our soul and gives us a sense of purpose. That is why I am thrilled to be the patron of the Service Section. I hope to be able to encourage the young people of Nepal to participate in the Award. In doing so I hope I can give back something to society.”

Robin says the Service section is an opportunity to:

  • Reach out to help others and define the humanitarian inside of us
  • Understand that community service is not just about the benefits to those we help but also about what we learn from the experience
  • Learn compassion, understanding and equality

By completing this section you will find the hero inside yourself!

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