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Kopila Valley Journal


October 01, 2017

We Tied the Knot!

We had the time of our lives and the most perfect celebration that was everything we wanted and more. What I remember most from the day was not being able to stop laughing and smiling, until it came time to walk down the aisle. I saw Jeremy and all the kids walking down and the 4 ring bearers and the 9 flower girls and started to cry. It felt so surreal and almost too perfect to be true.

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March 29, 2016

Sirjana and Jharana Update!

We sat down with Sirjana and Jharana to discuss their trip to the United States and what it's like being back home in Nepal. The two of them recently had the opportunity to spend a few months in New Jersey as part of cultural exchange program. Find out what they had to say about their experience!

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February 27, 2016

They Arrived with Smiles

They arrived with smiles at my front door, my first surprise as I had been expecting some weariness after 24 hours on planes; after throwing up in the car; after logistical delays and pending Visa’s; after a tense moment when they were almost turned down at the border. But, never mind, those details had faded. The first thing they did was open their arms for a hug as if we were long lost friends. I couldn’t wait to show them all the things that would surely be new to them— a hot shower, a blow dryer, the inside dog; the clothes sent to them from friends with girls their age.

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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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November 04, 2015

Meeting My Heroes

I can't believe I got to meet two of my inspirations this week, 2010 CNN Hero Anuradha Koirala and 2012 CNN Hero Pushpa Basnet. These two Nepali women are brave, courageous, caring, amazingly strong women who have done so much to help the women and children of Nepal. Feels surreal to even be mentioned in the same breath with them, let alone to be up for the same award.

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