Neelam has a long-standing interest in volunteering and improving communities around her. She believes in all individuals having an opportunity to flourish and reach a state of self-empowerment. She has been actively involved in organizations such as Service Civil International Nepal, International Volunteers for Peace and Help Nepal Network.
She has led the conceptualisation, set up and development of not-for-profit
organisations in Sydney – Sabdamala Nepalese Language School (2009) – the first
formal Nepali community language school in Australia, Guthi Australia (2009), Nepalese Australian Historical Society (2012), and Small Earth Australia (2012). Neelam set up Clean up Nepal in 2013 after a number of years of research on waste management in Nepal.
Dr Pradhananga holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a Master in Planning from the
University of New South Wales and a doctorate from the University of Newcastle with a specialisation in heritage conservation. Most recently, she worked for local government in Australia. The long periods of time she has spent in both Nepal and Australia have provided her an understanding of the strengths of developing countries such as Nepal.
She is keen to work together with organisations in Nepal and abroad to capitalise on these strengths, and to work on areas that need improvement. She believes Clean up Nepal can provide a platform to inspire and empower local communities, community groups, schools, businesses, and local governments throughout Nepal to join the clean up movement to address local environmental issues in a simple and visible way.