The year 2019: The nation was promoting visit Nepal 2020 program. This tourism year targeted to bring 2 million tourists and their signature campaign was being promoted without building the infrastructures and proper preparedness lack thereof.
Around this time, I reappeared with the same gas mask and a broom coupled with a question ? is it Nepal 2020? and posted it on social media. Suraj Vaidya, a noted businessman, and a national coordinator for visit Nepal invited me on-board after seeing that photo (that went viral). He said, his foreign friends started forwarding him that image of me interrogating the visit Nepal campaign. He said he was moved by it and felt a need to try and do better.
All of my past social pursuits were born out of a need to respond and serve which I did without any organizational structure. However, with the need for a platform to work in partnerships, He suggested me to open a foundation and combine my efforts with visit Nepal program to increase the greeneries. Same time I met with likeminded people whose involvement morphed into a network of resources. We designed strategies to develop grassroots potential and diversify the resources.
This meeting was organized by VNY 2020 secretariat organized this meeting with Hon’ble minister of tourism and culture, the chief secretary, and private investors and invited our team to discuss the possible areas of collaboration and our incentives. I gave a presentation about our vision to return greeneries in the city in the form of urban parks and functional + interactive art and architecture. At this meeting couple of businesses, houses showed their interest to work in partnership in creating urban parks. The minister himself expressed his willingness to support our initiative from the government level.
Though their effort was limited within the periphery of a tourist destinations, excluding locals. However, being with them, I gained direct access to political leaders and increased the engagement to link and bridge the gaps between the government and the public. I saw it as a springboard to launch beyond the campaign.