Tuesday, April 2, 2019

DopperChangemaker challenge to award student-led project

One of the most pressing problems in the modern world is that of water and plastic Pollution. About 2.7 tonnes of plastic waste is produced in Nepal everyday out of which 80 per cent ends up in landfills, causing irreversible damage by polluting our soil and water bodies. Innovative solution like Dopper is going to address the problem by awarding the ones working to make change.
Dopper – a social enterprise from the Netherlands – introduced the DopperChangemaker Challenge 2019 in Nepal to support students implement their thesis or graduation project on two major environmental issues: water and, or plastic pollution. The international competition helps kick-start the careers of graduates, with a funding support ranging from cash prize of Rs 200,000 to the first place winner and the title DopperChangemaker 2019. Additionally, Rs 125,000 to the second and third place winners and Rs 75000 each to the rest of the winners in top 10 will be rewarded, it said.
Dopper joined their forces with Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI) – a youth driven Nepali Non-Profit Organisation – is committed to building Social Inclusion and Climate Resilience. HCI envisions putting Nepal on a sustainable development trajectory.
DopperChangemakerChallenge can be an excellent launchpad for young people to transform their innovative project idea in to an actual implementable solution or a social business if they desire. Applications opened from 19 February 2019 and would be accepted till 12 April 2019. This international challenge is simultaneously organised for hundreds of students across Netherlands, London, Berlin and Kathmandu. Dopper founder Merijn Everaarts says, “We believe that the solutions of the young minds of today can surprise us the most. With this challenge we want to give them the opportunity to actually make a positive change.”

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