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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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February 16, 2017

This Team Never Gives Up

When we work to resolve an issue or a serious problem at our school or in our community, we work from many angles. I watched this week as our leadership team met with local village leaders, conducted home visits, held PTA meetings, met and had phone calls with the police, local ministries, and even farmers. This work takes time and patience, but the problems are solvable when we all work together.

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February 06, 2017

Our New Photo Project

Filmmaker and photographer Jeremy Power Regimbal and I have teamed up on film to capture everyday moments and faces at Kopila. Here are some of our favorites from this year. This was my first time shooting on film. I love how it captures the sparkle in the children's eyes. When I look at each of their faces, I see their human potential. It makes me want to freeze time and protect them and their futures and make the world better for them to grow up in.

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January 27, 2017

BlinkNow10 Flashback: Remembering My First Trip to Nepal

This is me and Sunita. Hard to believe our first trip to Nepal was more than 10 years ago. There was an armistice and the border of Nepal opened up. I had been learning so much about this particular region of the country and wanted to take a trip. Sunita and I packed up our backpacks. It had been nearly 8 years since Sunita left her village during the insurgency.

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