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Madhesh Movement: Lost Voices (watch the video) Based on our survey in the local schools of Terai-Madhesh, we present to you “Vox-a-Youth”- the first in the series of Madhesh Movement: Lost Voices. The young have a lot of questions, a lot of dissatisfactions, and a new determination. The prolonged protests have left major impacts in the[…]

“Crossing Lines Peacefully, Opening Communications Purposefully”- Workshop in Birgunj

“Crossing Lines Peacefully, Opening Communications Purposefully”- Workshop in Birgunj

In collaboration with JBK Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego, Sano Paila, has had the privilege to conduct a full day workshop “ Crossing Lines Peacefully, Opening Communications Purposefully,” with Nepal Police, Armed Police Force officials and community youth & women in Birgunj, Parsa. The participants explored experiences from around the world[…]

“Listening to the Whole Community”- A Roundtable at Tikapur

“Listening to the Whole Community”- A Roundtable at Tikapur

Through its Nepal Peace Building Initiative (NPI), in collaboration with Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), University of San Diego, Sano Paila organised and facilitated a roundtable discussion in Tikapur, Kailali. The participants included victims from both communities, police personnel, local government authorities, social organisations, civil society & political leaders. Building on[…]

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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’ .
Kesahb Prasad Dhakal
Finance Consultant
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.
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.
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.
Subir Ghosh
Head of Communications
Subir joined Sano Paila in 2007. As the Head of Communications, 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.
Dipesh Gupta
Acting Chief Accountant
Ajit Rai
Program Manager: Action for Addiction (AFA)
Sujita Tamrakar
Program Manager: Sunischit Bhawisya
Sandeep Sada
Program Manager: Reintegration Monitoring and Evaluation

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