Staff Spotlight: Trimuna
Trimuna Shiwakoti joined the Little Sisters Fund/Education for Empowerment (LSF/E4E) team in 2009 as the Health and Program Assistant. Today she spearheads our Menstrual Hygiene Management program as well as our Community Project Initiative. Trimuna completed her Pharmacy Diploma in 2008 and recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education majoring Public and Physical Health.
Thorough LSF’s Counseling and Awareness Raising Program, Trimuna promotes nutrition, healthy habits, and sound hygiene with all Little Sisters, focusing on preventive measures to keep Little Sisters healthy. She coordinates the Preventive Health Care Program and oversees twice yearly de-worming and multi-vitamin distribution to all Little Sisters. In addition, Trimuna administers vaccinations as needed. She keeps health records for all Little Sisters and oversees Little Sister hospital visits. Like all LSF team members, Trimuna is cross trained and knowledgeable in all areas of LSF/E4E programming. She is a critical part of the operations at LSF and we are so grateful for her and her skills!
The Community Projects Initiative has become a key pillar of LSF/E4E efforts. Little Sisters work in their community/school to develop their leadership abilities and management skills. They identify challenges, write proposals to address community needs, oversee the projects, evaluate, and report on the work done. Some of these projects have included establishing community/school libraries, science labs, potable water and purification projects, building child friendly toilets, constructing meeting places, health awareness programs, pavement of school assembly/playground areas etc.
Here is a project Trimuna is especially proud of: In Tanahun district in the area of Bhanu Sanskrit School, there is a dalit (untouchables) community. The upper caste community did not allow dait (untouchables) to use the same water source. So the dalit (untouchables) were facing difficulties to get accessible clean drinking water. After we constructed the water tank and the tap in the community, pure drinking water is now readily accessible to over 500 families and villagers.
Trimuna is a vital team member and gives selflessly of herself daily. We are so grateful for her.