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Kopila Valley Journal


March 01, 2018

An Update on Baby Aruna

We had the sweetest visitor at Kopila this week! Do you remember baby Aruna? Back in 2015, all of you took action to save this little girl's life as she suffered from a kidney disease. You kept her in your thoughts, spread the word, donated money, recommended doctors in Kathmandu, and brought warm meals to Aruna and her mother in the hospital.

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April 18, 2017

Chhaupadi Prama in Nepal

Kopila Valley student, Deepa Nepali, recently wrote an essay for our partners at She's The First to share her experience with Chhaupadi, a unique tradition practiced by girls and women in Nepal during menstruation. In this blog, Deepa explains why she hopes Nepal will move away from this tradition.

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March 18, 2017

Too Young for Surgery

A local pediatrician was talking about a case with me the other day about a three day old child who is suffering from a birth defect. This baby girl was born on February 26, 2017 in a remote village of Surkhet. Her father is 20 and mother is 18.

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January 16, 2017

Not The Ending I Wanted

This week started off just like any other week. There was a big cement pour happening on the construction site that we didn't want to miss so as soon as we ate breakfast and got the kids off to school, we jumped in the truck and headed on over. Having walls to touch and rooms to walk through and roofs to stand on with a spectacular view of the valley felt surreal. I felt serene and content and proud. Then I see a sweet two-year-old little girl, so cute that she stops me in my tracks. "Who's this little one?" I ask Krishna, our groundskeeper. “Her mother is from the village. She’s dying and I wanted to bring her here today to distract her.”

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November 10, 2015

Baby Aruna’s Story

The last few weeks have been some of the busiest and hardest of my life. There were a lot of days when I woke up anxious and didn't know how I would possibly make it through the day. There are so many things about this work that are difficult and long and hard that I can't even talk about. But then there are moments like this one, with baby Aruna, that give me so much hope in humanity. And I think yes, this is why we do it. We all pulled together from around the world and saved this baby girl's life this week. I am so proud of us. I am so eternally grateful and so is baby Aruna.

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