POKHARA: Jeevan Baral, the recipient of Clinton Global Initiatives University Award 2009, has said he would use the money received as award for youth development. Baral also said he was proud to be honoured for his contribution in poverty alleviation through rural entrepreneurship.
"The award is a historical achievement for the people of not only Pokhara but for youths all over the country," Baral told this daily here today.
The Clinton Global Initiatives University Award was established by the Bill Clinton Foundation. The award carries a purse of Rs 1.5 lakh. Baral said he would use the fund to promote rural entrepreneurship campaign in rural areas through his organisation Alternatives.
Baral (26), a native of Bajhpatan in Pokhara, is the first Nepali to receive the award.
He was selected from among 800 youths of 60 countries, in recognition of his contribution to rural poverty alleviation. Baral will go to the US to receive the award in 2010.
The Clinton Foundation provides the award every year to individual or organisations working in the sectors of poverty alleviation, health, human rights and peace.
In a conference organised by the Foundation in Texas on February 13 to 15, Baral had highlighted the ways of promoting rural entrepreneurship started by his organisation.
The Alternatives has been running several entrepreneurship programmes in rural areas of Kaski.