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I am Anjana Rokaya originally from a small village of Hetauda. I am a victim of human trafficking and exploitation. I have experienced the harm and disgrace of being exploited as a child. Let me tell you a little history about my life. I had been working in a circus in Kerala(India) as a gymnast[…]


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SANO PAILA (A Little Step)

Named for the idea that it often just takes "a little step" to serve one’s community...

Sano Paila (A Little Step) is a member-based, non-governmental, non-partisan organization working towards community development in the socially marginalized and impoverished regions of rural Nepal. Committed to redefining the development sector in Nepal, we take a bottom-up approach to development. We have a track record of diagnosing the most complex problems at grassroots level, conceiving innovative models to solve those problems, and effectively implementing programs by employing diverse and inclusive implementation teams. Our people are our assets, and the single biggest factor for our innovation and continual success in program implementation is our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion.



Mission Statement

“Building unified, self-reliant, and empowered communities to build the nation” Sano Paila aims to build unified, self-reliant & empowered communities in Nepal through sustainable development, rehabilitation and livelihood enhancement, peace-building, health improvement, and educational programs.

Founding Philosophy

“It is a true fact that we ourselves hold the key to social reform and are responsible for the overall development of our communities. We are truly devoted to the idea that as the power of spirit rises within, so does the desire to serve our communities. We constantly seek a comprehensive approach towards care for and advancement of the poor and disadvantaged, and acknowledge that the best means to reach our goal is a large heart, an open mind and innovation based on needs, best practices, and new technologies.”

Registrations and Affiliations

Sano Paila has acquired all registrations and affiliations required by the laws of the Government of Nepal. We are registered with the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance,District Administration Office (DAO) of Parsa, and Inland Tax Office of Birgunj, Parsa. We are affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Kathmandu and have full-membership to the NGO Federation, Parsa.



Kanchan Jha
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Kanchan founded Sano Paila (A Little Step) in 2006 with the aim of tackling the most complex problems in the socially marginalized and impoverished communities of rural Nepal. In 2009, the Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship, Hong Kong, honored him as a ‘Paragon 100 Fellow’ .
Subir Ghosh
Head of Communication
Subir joined Sano Paila in 2007. As the Head of Communication, he manages organization’s all major communication and outreach programs. He has strong skills in establishment and management of grassroots projects and has developed robust community relationships at the local level.
Raunak Raj Sarraf
Head of Programs and Services
Raunak joined Sano Paila in 2012 as Project Officer for Nepal TB Reach Wave 2 and Wave 3 Project​. He served as a focal person for Planning and Research department from 2013-2015​ and took a new role as ​Head of Programs and Services in 201​6​. Currently, ​he plays a central role in the development and coordination of Sano Paila programmatic activities including long term and short term program development and planning.
Arvind Singh
Public Affairs & Government Relations Consultant
Arvind is a Founding Advisor at Sano Paila, and took a new role as Public Affairs & Government Relations Consultant in 2014. He has a robust network in all spheres both at the local level and national level. He is also a Founding Advisor of Sanskriti – a junction for creative youths.
Kesahb Prasad Dhakal
Finance Manager
Keshab joined Sano Paila in 2014. He supports budget formation and managing the financial management system within the organization. He has over 30 years of experience in management with an emphasis on accounting, finance, audit, budget, and treasury.
Shalini Gupta
Strategy and Communications Officer
Since December 2015, Shalini has taken up the post of Strategy and Communications Officer. She chose to work in her hometown, Birgunj, after graduating from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu with a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in English and Social Work. Shalini is passionate about good governance and anti-corruption in the Nepali context; she esteems to improving the public services in Nepal, and help bring about greater accountability in the service providing institutions.
Reshma Khatun
Budget and Events Officer
Reshma is from Birgunj and holds a Master’s degree in Business Studies from Thakur Ram Multiple Campus. She is the first female member in her family to have earned a Master’s degree; she is also the first one working. Reshma is thankful to God and her parents for their support. Reshma has started her career from Sano Paila (A Little Step). She began as a Finance Intern in September 2015. She enjoys sports, adventure, cooking and traveling. Reshma likes to help the people in need, and feels their sufferings very closely; she is moved by the question, “How can I help them bring a difference in their lives?”. She looks forward to working in Sano Paila with even greater responsibilities.
Dipesh Gupta
Chief Accountant
Dipesh joined Sano Paila in 2013 as an intern, he currently oversees all the financial transactions of project offices and Head office.
Biheshwar Sahani
Office Assistant
Bisheshwar has been working in Sano Paila since July 2012. He has been very efficient in stock management and handling of office operations needs. He has participated in various community level activities organized by Sano Paila. He has undertaken trainings in accounting and mobile phone repair techniques. He feels that Sano Paila has provided him with practical exposure to working environment, enabling him to easily use computer applications, bank-related works and repair/ maintenance. He has even been awarded ‘Behind the Scene’ Award as Employee of the year 2071/72. Bisheshwar looks forward to continue working at Sano Paila and taking up even greater responsibilities.
Bhaju Patel
Security Services Coordinator
Bhaju joined Sano Paila in January, 2016. Bhaju is a previous cadre for CPN-Maoist in the 2052-2063 armed protests for four years. He has also been a leader for Jwala Singh’s Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha which was formed after 2062-63 People’s Revolution in Terai. Bhaju has had intense political experiences; he also had to serve 5 years in jail. Currently Bhaju is very happy working for a social organisation as Sano Paila. Bhaju believes that it is vital to bring youth to the mainstream of social affairs; the society must pay heed to the creative potential of youth. Youth is the base level of society, and they are the harbingers of change for community development. Bhaju aspires to be a youth leader.
Sandeep Sada
Reintegration & Education Manager
As a rural development professional and social entrepreneur, Sandeep has an extensive experience in rural development, gender equality and social inclusion, youth and adolescent development, equitable and sustainable development and youth related policies on civic participation and livelihood opportunities.
Ajit Rai
Program Manager: Action for Addiction (AFA)
Sujita Tamrakar
Program Officer – Child Care & Development
Sujita joined Sano Paila in 2015 as Program Officer for Sunischit Bhawisya: Securing Better Future. She is passionate about ensuring family and community based care for children in institutional settings.

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