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Kopila Valley Journal

March 18, 2017

Too Young for Surgery

A local pediatrician was talking about a case with me the other day about a three day old child who is suffering from a birth defect. This baby girl was born on February 26, 2017 in a remote village of Surkhet. Her father is 20 and mother is 18.

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March 14, 2017

Such A Love For My Profession

"I'm pretty sure I've read every book on education that's available in Nepal. I developed such a love for my profession, but also a love for the children I taught. I realize now the doctor track wasn't for me; it's been 33 years in education and I haven't looked back once." Naim Chaudhari is our school's principal and is one of Nepal's finest educators.

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March 11, 2017

Poetry Heals

This week my friend Sarah Kay is visiting and I finally checked doing her poetry workshop off my list of lifelong dreams. She blows me away. I kept finding myself wishing every single child in the world could have the experience that my children have had with her. The Kopila kids' poetry skills that Sarah and the Word Warriors have instilled in them are getting next level. My children describe their time with this amazing crew as the "best days of their lives."

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March 09, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness (for Erin!)

Remember how we're always telling you guys that you inspire us every day? Well, you've done it again. Meet Erin, a teacher in Indiana who decided that for her 30th birthday (which is today -- happy birthday, Erin!) she wanted her friends to do a random act of kindness in her honor. Because, as she says, "Life is better when we reach out to others, and that's the best gift you could give to me."

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February 26, 2017

School for the Blind

I'm proud that we support a few visually impaired scholars at a government program. The resilience and strength of these girls is unbelievable. It's hard navigating the streets and the world here in Nepal as a seeing person. I can't believe what they have to overcome everyday with such limited support. These students have big dreams and we will continue to do what we can to see that their dreams come true.

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