As I reflect on this year 2017, I am full of gratitude and amazement! What a great year we have had!

Our partner organization, BSF, has made great strides in management of our programs in Nepal, providing the support services we need to help our children become successful in life. It is not an easy task!  Imagine caring for the needs of 118 children!  They take children to doctors, create empowerment programs, serve as liaison with the many schools we work with, counsel children and families, provide career and life skills support and handle all crises!

The Contact Center, our school readiness/early childhood program has been at full capacity with 30 children enrolled and making improvements in environment and adding more nutritious, protein-rich meals, thanks to our dear friends, the Karma Thalo Foundation. We also added new staff with great qualifications in Montessori training. Each year we have 3 to 5 children who graduate from the Contact Center and enter our school sponsorship program. This year, our graduates were enrolled in 2nd or 3rd grade in a private elementary school. 

In the USA, we had three successful fundraisers, the Trivia Night, Climb for Himalaya Children and our Holiday Bazaar. A major highlight of the Climb was when BSF Board President, Yogesh Satyal, came from Nepal to make a successful summit of Mt. Rainier!

We had seven sponsors and donors on our annual trip to Nepal. Here again, a big event celebrating 5 graduates from our organization, who are now on their own after completing their post 12th grade education. A real first for us, after working in Nepal for 16 years!

So it is with gratitude and love that I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year! We could not do any of this without your support. Peace and love to you!

YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE! Enjoy a few favorite photos from this year!

 Trivia Night - it was a full house for sure!

Trivia Night - it was a full house for sure!

 Trivia Night always includes a bazaar for spring shopping.

Trivia Night always includes a bazaar for spring shopping.

 Yogesh Satyal proudly desplays the Nepal flag on the summit of Mt. Rainier

Yogesh Satyal proudly desplays the Nepal flag on the summit of Mt. Rainier

 Climbers on the way to the top of Mt. Rainier

Climbers on the way to the top of Mt. Rainier

 Contact Center wall decoratioons and nutritious meal served every day

Contact Center wall decoratioons and nutritious meal served every day

 Contact Center girls adorable

Contact Center girls adorable

 Sponsors and 11th/12th grade kids enjoy some time together at Golden Gate College

Sponsors and 11th/12th grade kids enjoy some time together at Golden Gate College

 Christine and Reva finish the Holiday Bazaar shopping in Nepal- WHEW!

Christine and Reva finish the Holiday Bazaar shopping in Nepal- WHEW!

 Sponsor Jacque Richmond meets her three sponsored children for the first time in Nepal!

Sponsor Jacque Richmond meets her three sponsored children for the first time in Nepal!

 Sponosr Reva Meadows enjoys a conversation with her child, a growing young man!

Sponosr Reva Meadows enjoys a conversation with her child, a growing young man!

 Angie Schutz meets her mother, Doris Baker's sponsored young man for the first time.

Angie Schutz meets her mother, Doris Baker's sponsored young man for the first time.

 The travel group and post 12th grade kids enjoy a great evening together in Durbar Marg.

The travel group and post 12th grade kids enjoy a great evening together in Durbar Marg.

 Sponors reach the top of Australian Camp in the Annapurna mountain range.

Sponors reach the top of Australian Camp in the Annapurna mountain range.

 A first graduate, Rukesh, shows a big smile and his certificate and memory book!

A first graduate, Rukesh, shows a big smile and his certificate and memory book!

 Long time sponsor, Ralph Caraffa meets his sponsored child !

Long time sponsor, Ralph Caraffa meets his sponsored child !

 Christine and BSF staff(L. to R.) Aleesh, Leena, Lekhnath, Rachana, Sushmita

Christine and BSF staff(L. to R.) Aleesh, Leena, Lekhnath, Rachana, Sushmita

 Nancy and proud sponsor Angie Schutz meets Anita, recent graduate from our program

Nancy and proud sponsor Angie Schutz meets Anita, recent graduate from our program

 Sponsors Pam Caraffa and Jacque Richmond enjoy a happy moment at the dinner with the kids

Sponsors Pam Caraffa and Jacque Richmond enjoy a happy moment at the dinner with the kids

 Sponsor Nancy Williger hugs both her sponsored girls!

Sponsor Nancy Williger hugs both her sponsored girls!

 What can I say- the mountains are amazing!

What can I say- the mountains are amazing!