I'm sooo excited that I can finally let you all in on our BIG SURPRISE!!! Keeping this a secret while all the wheeling and dealing and negotiating and legal proceedings were going on was almost unbearable. But here goes...
The picture you're all looking at is the future and permanent site of Kopila Valley School!!!!
We were able to purchase our DREAM * MAGIC WAND * MOST BEAUTIFUL piece of property in a peaceful village a ways up the road from where we rent now. Our lot overlooks the valley and resides next to a sacred little temple (the first one in Surkhet) with a few huge ancient peepal trees. There's also a forrest in the back with a stream and dozens of fruit trees and a little farm house. The soil is fertile and perfect for us to grow even more of our own food. I also have a feeling our animals (turkeys included) are going to love this spot! Our neighbors are lovely. The old couple we bought it from was lovely and this is officially where we'll be headed when our lease expires in two years time. We also have plans of registering and expanding for Kopila Valley High School (9th and 10th grade) Boy of boy, do we have a lot in store.
As some of you know I've been on the hunt for YEARS now. I've had many deals fall apart. I kept watching the prices of land going up, (post civil war era) and getting incredibly nervous but I kept searching far and wide until finally the most perfectly perfect piece came out of the wood work. It was one of those moments where I saw it and had to stop to catch my breath a little. I wanted it so bad. The actual acquisition and legalities of having it registered and put perminantly in our name took a long time and let me tell you, it was emotionally and mentally exhausting. One of these days I will sit down and write the entire story. But really, you should have seen me when I finally handed over the check and we sealed the deal. My hands were shaking and it all felt surreal passing over the majority of our entire bank account out in one check.
Then something inside of me remembered a very familiar feeling... that I hadn't felt since I spent all that babysitting money 6 years ago. I knew in my heart to trust my gut, intuition and the wise mentors around me. I took a deep breath and minutes later, with a big stamp on a piece of paper, the land passed into the hands and name of Kopila Valley, forever.
We've got a lot of work ahead of us and a lot of big dreams for the future! I'm amped, stoked, excited, anxious, and of course a little scared. My goal right now is to put a little fence around it, grow some vegetables, raise the animals there, take a breather for a few months, keep working with our staff and curriculum development, love and hug my kiddos every day, and dream up what's next. I'd like to thank MedAssets for their generous grant last year that enabled us to do this. It seems like so long ago that I was standing up on that stage. I'd like to thank Nicholas Kristof, one of my most favorite men in the universe, for telling our story and believing in me! I'd also like to thank all of YOU, for your love, trust, encouragement, and support. I am so excited for Kopila Valley and honored that I get to keep living my dream each day, doing what I love and bearing witness to the children blooming before my very eyes.
More to come!!!! For now, Thank you, thank you, thank you!