Bishnu Pariyar ’04 is working to improve life in rural Nepal, supporting disaster relief

Professor William B. Vogele and Bishnu Pariyar

After earning her BA from Pine Manor, Bishnu Pariyar ’04 started an organization called the Association of Dalit Women’s Advancement of Nepal (ADWAN).  ADWAN began humbly with a single women’s group that brought together upper and lower caste women in a village with a single purpose - to improve their community's wellbeing. ADWAN now serves several thousand people in villages across rural Nepal. It is helping about 13,000 children attend school, and it has provided 97 adolescents with college scholarships. Following two recent earthquakes in Nepal, ADWANS expanded its mission, now helping with disaster relief.

Bishnu’s PMC Professor, Bill Vogele, Ph.D., commented on her achievements: “Bishnu Pariyar is living proof that individuals can make the world a better place! Pine Manor has connected with issues of poverty, education, and equality for some time.  Through academic programs that support social and behavioral research in Community Health, Psychology, and Social and Political Systems, we encourage leadership, we empower our students to make a difference in their community and around the world.”

Bishnu Pariyar earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social and Political Systems, and in 2013 was the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Pine Manor.

In a recent article Bishnu’s journey is captured and her work recognized by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as a grassroots Nepali organization that is most effective in delivering relief.

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