The Manaram SKAJ Journalism Award is an initiative of the Manaram Foundation, established in memory of Late Ram Bahadur Shrestha, who was the founding chairman of the organization. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 25,000.00 and is given annually to a journalist based in Sankhuwasabha, Nepal.
The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize high-quality journalism in the region.
It’s worth noting that Sankhuwasabha is a remote and relatively developing area of Nepal, and journalism can play a crucial role in informing and empowering local communities. By recognizing the work of journalists in this region, the Manaram Foundation is helping to raise awareness of important issues and promote accountability among local authorities.
With the aim of introducing personalities and folk tunes of Sankhuwasabha and encouraging writers at the same time, various authors’ creations were published through the Foundation. Lions Manaram Foundation is now engaged specifically in capacity building of the established libraries.
Besides these initiatives, the Foundation has granted scholarship to students, distributed free copies and pens to the needy students, help local Government agencies to make literacy campaign a success and many other social service activities as well.
In association with Kiwanis Nepal District and local Kiwanis clubs, the foundation has distributed over 300,000 notebooks and pens to underprivileged children of Sankhuwasabha district, and computers to different schools.