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Kopila Valley Journal


May 18, 2015

What Will You Do With Your Hands?

In the past couple months, Nepal has experienced a series of tragic earthquakes. The damage and loss is unimaginable. Thankfully, in Surkhet, we only felt tremors and our home and community were left unharmed. An outpouring of support came from all over the world asking if we were okay, asking how everyone could help while we were all sitting here asking ourselves the same thing. What do we do? Our hearts ached for the people and the country we love and yet we felt stuck, immobilized, in not knowing exactly what we could do.

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April 26, 2015

Nepal Earthquake: We’re Safe

A 7.9 earthquake hit the Kathmandu region of Nepal on Saturday, April 26. We felt only a few minor tremors here in Surkhet; rest assured that all of our staff & kids are safe. We're hundreds of kilometers away from the epicenter. All of our buildings are intact and our community was thankfully unharmed.

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April 20, 2015

Come hang out with Maggie!

An inspiring speaker, Maggie Doyne delivers a hopeful and promising story and message. She'll be the keynote speaker at several events during April-May in New Jersey, USA. Come join us!

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April 13, 2015

Every now and then I fall apart

Last week I was laying under my mosquito net next to my sleeping baby totally and utterly exhausted with tears in my eyes. It was one of the worst weeks of my entire life. It was so bad I’m not even sure you’ll believe me if I told you how bad it was. It was sad. It was tragic and it all felt very unfair and overwhelming. Part of me feels like I’ve already full-filled my quota of bad things happening. Shouldn’t it stop when you hit a certain number? Also if you pour your heart and soul into trying to stop bad things from happening and work hard enough shouldn’t that somehow safeguard you too? I wish.

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March 09, 2015

Happy International Women’s Day!

This week many of our students ran and organized a "5k Race For Equality" hosted by our school for the community. Nearly 250 runners participated and showed up with their reason for running hand-written and pinned to their backs. The race in and of itself reminded me of change; how we all set out at the starting line on a sprint, thinking, “This is a piece of cake!” until you hit that big never-ending and incredibly difficult hill where all you can do is put one foot in front of the other, try to forget that your legs are burning, and do everything you can to keep going. Change is more than a hill, it’s a Himalayan mountain. It’s slow, it takes time, it takes putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes you fall. Sometimes you don’t feel like you're even moving at all. Sometimes you think you're at the top but you're not. Sometimes you get lost. And sometimes you just want to give up. But at some point you stop, look back and see where you came from.

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