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Kopila Valley Journal

November 25, 2018

Remembering Manisha

Six years ago this month, we lost a student to suicide. She was strong, kind and compassionate, had a beautiful smile and was quick to laugh. She always got involved in school activities, was a great dancer, loved music and performed on stage with grace and poise.

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November 20, 2018


As one of my favorite authors Brene Brown says, "It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." And so I'm here, remembering to practice gratitude with morning cups of tea and smiles from my teenagers and perfectly cooked roti and a giggle from my infant and the thought that there are so many of you out there who love these kids as much as I do. Thank you for being on this journey with me. I am so grateful for you. For me, this Thanksgiving is about you. Thank you for all that you do.  

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November 13, 2018

Full Transparency

Sometimes I can’t share the hard things because it would be an invasion of privacy for one of our children or team members. Other times it’s just because in the mundane or difficult moments, you don’t think to pull out your phone. But what I realized from those days sharing our Instagram story is that it’s easy to show the successes, but harder to show the struggles and the difficult things we are up against to get to that success. At home we have recently taken in some new children. You see them laughing and playing but you haven’t seen their tragedies, and you’ll never know about the unthinkable things that have happened which got them here.

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November 02, 2018

Evolving with Every Turn

We had an edited version of the Do Lecture I gave 8 years ago go viral this week. We've received an outpouring of love and support from around the world, and we've been so honored. I realize that the story as presented by Goalcast and by other media in the past has contributed to perpetuating the white savior complex. We appreciate criticism like we appreciate praise. These are issues we'll continue to ask ourselves about as we plan for the future. Personally, I can do better at elevating the incredible team of Nepali people around me and their voices. I have read, listened, reflected, and educated myself on this topic and am committed to continuing to learn and evolve.

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October 26, 2018

The Best and Bravest Decision

Growing up with so much love from Maggie and all my brothers and sisters back home, I was concerned about being alone and not fitting here. Will I have friends? Will I be able to keep up with the Academics? Am I good enough to be here? Looking back to when I was applying for college in America, I do not regret my decision at all. In fact, I think it was one of the best and bravest decisions I have made so far.

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