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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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October 18, 2018

A New and Different Me

All my life I have been called Nisha and now all of sudden I am called Mamdaba. It’s weird how you feel so connected to one name and how important your identity is. But I like my Senegalese name as well. I will always be Mamdaba to my host family and my community in Senegal. Sometimes having this new different name makes me think I am a different and new me. 

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October 09, 2018

A Force to be Reckoned With

I was in 9th grade when I first went to the US. I was doing a student exchange program. I never thought I'd even go to the US, or be able to study there, or study in the Netherlands. Now I'm doing a gap year in Senegal, and going to college next year. I would have never thought all of this would be possible. Sometimes I feel like I'm still living in a dream.

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