Kathmandu, Nepal | Asia
The campaign ‘Distancing but Connecting’ was first initiated by Ms. Anusha Maharjan. She arrived to the US as a Fulbright exchange student in January 2020 for four months, but due to the pandemic and international border closure in Nepal she still hasn’t been able to return home. She loves being around people and the idea of social distancig and living alone in a foreign country, after missing her opportunity to meet fellow Fulbright scholars has affected her a lot.
Together with the We for Change NGO, ‘Distancing but Connecting’ aims to manage mental stress among young people living in Nepal and overseas. This digital platform promote communication and leadership skills by organizing programs including mental health talks, a youth appreciation week, a weekly podcast release, virtual challenges, and storytelling through poetry and painting. The online campaign started in April and has connected with more than 500 youths. The purpose is to stay united and connected, to inspire young people of the age group 16-24 years and continuously grow together.