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Kopila Valley Journal


January 17, 2019

Chhaupadi and Change

We're saddened to hear about the news story from western Nepal of yet another tragedy as a result of chhaupadi. When this practice is followed, women and girls must sleep in a hut outside their family home while menstruating because they are considered to be unclean.

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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 08, 2018

Morning Walk

I visited our Big Sisters' Home this morning. When I learn their stories I feel like they are something I should be reading in The New York Times or a novel and then I remember, this is real and true and they are standing in front of me and they are the girls I know and love.

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September 10, 2018

Stories of Nepal: Happiness

"I know of the sacrifices I have made for my children. All to bring them the comfort and happiness. Their happiness is my reward. And I know, from my children, I will never ask for anything in return."

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September 03, 2018

Stories of Nepal: Riches

"I have frantically searched for some labor so that I could take home food for my daughters. It has been a life of scarcity. But this has also been an abundant life."

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