Sunrise in Nagarkot

On Tuesday, 16 April, Christine, Isaac and I traveled two hours east from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, nestled in the Central Hills.  This area was heavily damaged in the 2015 earthquake and the main road from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot still reflects heavy damage from washouts and hill slides.  Some new building construction is visible and many of the retaining walls have been rebuilt, but the roads have not been repaired yet, so travel from Kathmandu takes longer than usual.

The journey here, however, is well worth it!!! 

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Thank YOU! Trivia Night Exceeded Critical Goal

Our sincere thanks to all those who attended our April 6 Trivia Night. With a critical goal of $28,000, we raised more than $30,000 to support our underfunded children, necessary clean water for our Contact Center, catering and party supplies for a graduation ceremony, and alumni program snacks and supplies! We also welcomed new child sponsors who will be supporting five of our Contact Center graduates as they begin elementary school. It was an incredible evening for our children.

Very special thank you to Loryn Feliciano-Nalic and her husband, Edo Nalic, owners of Balkan Treat Box for providing yummy spreads and the Alderie family, owners of Cham Bakery for all the pita we could ever want.

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Happy New Year's Eve from Nepal

Today (Saturday), Christine, Isaac, and I spent the day in the Sukedhara office and met with more than 20 of our “At Home” children (those living at home and going to school, grades three to ten), taking photos and videos, and getting updates on the past school year.  In addition, we joined the BSF staff and the children in celebrating the Nepali New Year, which begins tomorrow, with pizza and momos.  The Nepali New Year is an official public holiday in Nepal, which is celebrated with parades, feasts, and family reunions. According to the Nepali calendar, tomorrow begins the year 2076.  Since Nepali New Year is seen as a deeply religious holiday, various religious rites and a hope for blessings in the year ahead are a big part of the holiday’s meaning. 

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Christine, Rick & Isaac Arrived in Nepal

Founder and Executive Director Dr. Christine Schutz, board member Rick Hendin and volunteer photographer Isaac Schmitt have arrived in Nepal! In the coming days, Christine, Rick and Isaac will be sharing a daily blog post about their feelings, trip goals and activities, updates on our children and many photos.

 Isaac shared his feelings on his first day in Kathmandu: Oversaturation is that best way I could describe arriving and spending my first day in Nepal’s capital.

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Deadline to Register for 2019 Trip to Nepal

We are really excited to be able to offer two options this year for our side trip outside of the Kathmandu Valley to Pokhara. We will all fly roundtrip from Kathmandu to Pokhara together and do some sightseeing in Kathmandu. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping, hiking, and sightseeing. All information and a deposit is due by the end of March!

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So Long, Laura!

Laura Richardson from England spent 3 weeks volunteering at the Contact Center. She taught math and other courses to the kids apart from teaching English. She also loved reading books to the children which the children enjoyed very much. And the kids even had an outing with Laura along with the Contact Center staff and they had a few days of outdoor activities and games - perfect way to beat the cold during the winter.

Most notably, Laura engaged and involved the kids she taught in preparing a big wall art on the famous story ‘Bambi.’ The kids learnt just so many things through this young deer’s story of life journey and in the process they also learned many new words in English.

Yesterday was Laura’s last day at the Contact Center and the teachers and staff and other student volunteers at the Contact Center bade farewell to Laura. 

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