Mahabir Pun recipient of Roman Magsaysay award in 2007 for community leadership is keeping his medals in auction . Purpose of auction of these medals which he received for all his good work of connecting internet in rural Nepal and enhancing communication is for his dream project of making innovation center in Nepal.
When government bodies turned deaf for his project he knocked at public doors for the fund. He has been able to raise 40 million Nepali rupees and target of the project looms high around 500 million. Pun is positive his project will be materialized one day and Nepali talent can find conducive environment for their unique idea to blossom in own soil.
Man with epitome of simplicity and enormous will power believes his medals will support his venture. He has already donated his land for the project.
Every new finance minister of the cabinet has given sweet words to him which were of no use. Pun now is determined to make his project successful with the support of local people sans government.
Our part of the world where corruption is indispensable, rule of law is far fetched, government finds no clue on the ways it can support innovative ideas like Pun has. There are some benevolent donors who have been supporting with all their heart but that too is not enough. Scale which he is seeing can be accomplished when there will be a big donor or with government endorsement.
As of now lets wish he will be able to raise considerable amount thru auction. Best of luck Dr. Mahabir Pun.