Happy New Year to All -With Gratitude and Joy!

As I reflect on 2018, on this last day of the year, I am filled with gratitude. Our sponsors and donors continue to support our children in Nepal and our organization here in USA. We successfully graduated more children from our program to become independent adults and continue to add new and wonderful board members and child sponsors. Our partner organization in Nepal, BSF, has made tremendous strides as an organization with dedicated staff and hard work all year to lovingly provide care, counseling and guidance to our kids in Nepal. Thank you to all the BSF staff!

We hosted three successful events this year, Trivia Night, the Climb for Himalaya Children and the Holiday Bazaar. Thanks to our many volunteers we had great fundraisers with lots of fun.

Big thanks go to our board members in Seattle, Len Kannapell and Ambrose Bittner and the climbers for their hard work on the climb of Mt Rainier last July. We give special thanks to board members , Pam Hughes and Rick Hendin for their trip to Nepal in March to work with our BSF staff and our children.

A major highlight was the visit by Leena Satyal and Yogesh Satyal of BSF for our strategic planning session and meetings with child sponsors in September. We accomplished so much and now have clear plans for the next five years. Wow!

Our child sponsor/donor trip to Nepal in September was truly amazing! We had 20 sponsors go with us on a cultural exchange trip to visit beautiful Nepal and become more informed about our children and the work we do there. We had such a wonderful time and I am so honored to have spent time with such kind and talented people.

I could go on and on of course but iI will just share more picture highlights instead. My heart is full and I am so looking forward to 2019 and what we can accomplish together. My love to all of you and especially to our beautiful children, who demonstrate resiliance, personal growth, caring and effort to overcome so much hardship to succeed in life. Happy New Year 2019!

Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children Board of Directors with Leena and Yogesh at Strategic Planning in St. Louis, MO

Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children Board of Directors with Leena and Yogesh at Strategic Planning in St. Louis, MO

Sponsor Meeting with Leena and Yogesh in St. Louis, MO

Sponsor Meeting with Leena and Yogesh in St. Louis, MO

Mount Rainier Climbers at the summit for the Climb for Himalaya Children in Washington

Mount Rainier Climbers at the summit for the Climb for Himalaya Children in Washington

Susmita, Leena and Bimala of BSF with the girls in Kathmandu

Susmita, Leena and Bimala of BSF with the girls in Kathmandu

Board members Rick Hendin and Pam Hughes with Christine at Trivia Night in St. Louis, MO

Board members Rick Hendin and Pam Hughes with Christine at Trivia Night in St. Louis, MO

Child sponsor travelers Arlene Miller and Nan Pearson modeling their purchase in Pokhara, Nepal

Child sponsor travelers Arlene Miller and Nan Pearson modeling their purchase in Pokhara, Nepal

Nancy, Christine, Leena and Yogesh with Lincoln and his family on a sidetrip to Springfield Il.

Nancy, Christine, Leena and Yogesh with Lincoln and his family on a sidetrip to Springfield Il.

Trail on the way to Mount Rainier summit in Washington

Trail on the way to Mount Rainier summit in Washington

Happy Trivia Night players in St. Louis, MO

Happy Trivia Night players in St. Louis, MO

Filmaker and child sponsor Amy Benson with Leena and Nancy in St. Louis, MO

Filmaker and child sponsor Amy Benson with Leena and Nancy in St. Louis, MO

Handsome and beautiful Mitrata kids and program graduates Pradip, Pratima, Laxmi, Sangeeta, Ishwori and Mamta

Handsome and beautiful Mitrata kids and program graduates Pradip, Pratima, Laxmi, Sangeeta, Ishwori and Mamta

On the way to Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

On the way to Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

Child sponsor traveler and shopper Stephanie Recht and Board member Tracy Laramie enjoy java in Kathmandu

Child sponsor traveler and shopper Stephanie Recht and Board member Tracy Laramie enjoy java in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath in Kathmandu Nepal

Swayambhunath in Kathmandu Nepal

Contact Center kids waiting in line for ice cream

Contact Center kids waiting in line for ice cream

Christine Schutz