Sher Bahadur Khadka Memorial Trust is a not-for-profit organization established with a vision to improve the lives of poor and marginalized people of Nepal. We envision our organization to work effectively in Education, Health and Sports as our key areas in next five years. Currently to come par to that vision we are promoting sports development and women empowerment in Nepal through sports for all campaigns. We believe, the efforts of the organization like ours will not only help develop sports in the nation but also promote sports tourism which is of immense importance for developing nation like Nepal.
While in Nepal where most of the NGO’s are focusing much on improving the lifestyle of rural communities through various entrepreneurial and financial aids, we are working towards sports development and then there comes a big “WHY???”, and the answer, “We believe sports can act as the tool for peace, equality and empowerment.
Being established on October 2nd, 2014, we are a young and dynamic not-for-profit organization currently striving to create impact from the work we do in the sports industry. The hunger to develop women sports in Nepal has led us to organize 3 National Women’s Volleyball Championship yearly in the past three years. We have also sponsored New Diamond Academy, a national women’s volleyball team for two years. Sher Bahadur Memorial Trust has also awarded many Volleyball Players through various scholarship schemes. We have also been supporting various national and international volleyball tournament organized by Nepal Volleyball Association. Besides volleyball, Sher Bahadur Khadka Memorial Trust has also been organizing Open Badminton Tournament.
In order to keep up with our other focus areas, SBKM Trust is currently working indirectly for the upliftment of Education and Health. The trust has donated hospital beds to Pashupatinath Development Trust.
Mission: To create social harmony, social equality, and women empowerment through sports.
Vision: To improve the lives of the marginalized people of the rural communities of Nepal by providing free education, free medical services and empowering the locals by promoting sports tourism in the region.
SPORTS FOR NATION
In order to understand the link between sport and national development we first need to have an overview of how sports can impact the lives of the general population. Sports Industry can create a larger economical dimensions by creating jobs and assisting the growth of other industries as Advertising, Communication, Health and Education. Since sports can play an important role for the national welfare, there must be deliberate plans to promote and develop sports on a wide scale in order to achieve maximum benefits. Unfortunately, this has not been the case, as sport development is marginalized due to inefficient local-level planning. Our organization has frequently integrated the efforts of the Government, Regulatory Bodies, and other stakeholders toward the development of Sports in Nepal.
SPORTS FOR HEALTH
It has been a global truth that involvement in Sports account for the Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social well-being of the individual. Most of the times we conceptualize Sports to be benefiting only to the Physical well-being but more over it will also help build up adolescents’ accountability, dedication, leadership and discipline. The WHO has estimated that “one in four patients visiting a health service has at least one mental, neurological or behavioral disorder, but most of these disorders are neither diagnosed nor treated”. The benefits of regularly engaging in sports are particularly apparent in the prevention of several chronic diseases, including: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis. Sports have long been used in the treatment and rehabilitation of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
SPORTS FOR EQUALITY
We as an organization are a big believer in gender equality. We are passionate about equal rights, and equal recognition, not only when it comes to our female athletes, but for women in general. With the low literacy rate in the rural areas, we are still facing the unbroken barriers for the women. When the scenario is pathetic even for the Education and Health, we have encountered very few women in athletes. Although gender equality has come a long way, including UNESCO recognizing sports and physical activity as a human right in 1978, it still hasn’t come far enough in the case of Nepal where parents are hesitant to participate their daughters in sports.
SPORTS FOR EMPOWERMENT
Gender is often a contributing factor to poverty and women throughout the world are at greater risk than men of living in extreme poverty. On an average, women globally earn only slightly more than 50% of what men earn. Sher Bahadur Khadka Memorial Trust has a major objective to empower women’s through sports. We aspire to shape the lives of our young players through the medium of sports. Sports helps the players to think critically and rationally which will later support them to take leadership positions in their professional career. In this connection apart from derived physical and mental well-being enjoyed by physically active girls and women, a well designed
sport and physical activity sport can provide a platform to enable positive life changes.