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May 11, 2017

I think this is it!

So many of you generous souls have been reaching out these past few months asking me what I envision for the next 10 years. What do we need in Surkhet? How can we all help? We are deep in construction of our new campus and there is no shortage of need and projects for the kids and at the Women’s Center, but I am so excited to share that a gorgeous piece of new land came up for sale!

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March 25, 2017

Dream Team

So lucky to be able to call these people my friends, program directors, and family here. Needless to say, we have been through a lot together. It's a gift to be able to work with people you genuinely love and want to spend your days with, who you can be yourself around and who always have your back. I love them all and I love that I get to work, problem solve, and laugh with them all day.

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February 11, 2017

Update on Kanchi’s Children

UPDATE: all three of Kanchi's children tested negative for TB!!! Thank goodness.

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May 01, 2016

Permaculture: Growing Food Sustainably

Jamie and 4 of our staff members recently took part in a 5-day regenerative agriculture training at the Himalayan Permaculture Center in Surkhet. The training blended permaculture theory with lots of local knowledge and practical demonstrations. They learned about holistic property design, agroforestry, forest management, earthworking to capture rainwater, cutting/grafting to propagate new fruit trees, composting, and much more.

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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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