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Kopila Valley Journal

November 14, 2015

Dashain Camp Volunteers: Saying Goodbye

We recently had to say goodbye to our fantastic volunteers for Dashain Camp 2015. These extremely talented individuals will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we are so lucky to have had them here to share their skills and their energy and their love with our kids. Maggie O'Brien, our writing teacher for weeks 2 & 3 of camp, read this beautifully moving piece at her goodbye satsang with the family.

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November 10, 2015

Baby Aruna’s Story

The last few weeks have been some of the busiest and hardest of my life. There were a lot of days when I woke up anxious and didn't know how I would possibly make it through the day. There are so many things about this work that are difficult and long and hard that I can't even talk about. But then there are moments like this one, with baby Aruna, that give me so much hope in humanity. And I think yes, this is why we do it. We all pulled together from around the world and saved this baby girl's life this week. I am so proud of us. I am so eternally grateful and so is baby Aruna.

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November 08, 2015

Earthquake Relief Trip: Part Two

The workshop at Abari’s Learning Center was amazing. I’ve never seen our kids so involved and interested! They were given challenges to make their own rammed earth blocks using very basic materials and then design their own model homes using whatever materials they could find around the property. It blew our minds what they were able to come up with. Throughout the workshop, they gained a great understanding of the rammed-earth construction process, which allowed us to jump right into the second phase of our trip.

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