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Soccer in Douda

Soccer in Douda

Douda is a small village near Djibouti City. When I visited last time I felt moved to help them. They live a simple life there, with small agricultural plots and creating crafts to get by.  Elana and I went there our second day and it was a wonderful experience: we brought soccer balls donated by the Rowdies and both Elana and I took turns kicking the ball around with the delighted children. After our meeting and their sweet presentation we talked about their needs. They described their needs for a schooling structure as well as a way to make their craft creation process more efficient. We decided to give them one of the shelters for a school room and suggested a microloan program to purchase sewing machines for their craft making. One lady painted Elana’s hands and wrists with henna in a time honored tradition which was a bonding experience between Elana and the village. You will see video of that and the welcoming ceremony, playing soccer and finally the erection of the blue med shelter by Djibouti Army members and US Navy Sea Bees. The Sea Bees, who were serving at Camp Lemonier helped us immensely by bringing a bulldozer to the site to level the ground and training the Djiboutian Army to construct the new schooling shelter there.

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Kalatbisan School

Kalatbisan School

There were six shelters and originally we were bringing them all to a remote village called Katatbisan. When I visited that village in 2015 they had one tattered UNICEF tent left and that was the only school room which caused many children to miss out on schooling. We wanted to use these shelters to get the children back to school and open up more opportunities for them. We ended up sending three shelters to that village. The Djiboutian Army set up these shelters after we left and sent us photos of their construction and of them being for classes. This is an important step in making sure that as many children as possible are granted the quality education that they deserve. Read More

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New Shelters in Djibouti

New Shelters in Djibouti

This March, Elana, Global Action Coalition’s first intern and I traveled to Djibouti. We were there to meet a shipment of Blue Med Shelters donated by Alaska Structures and carried from Dubai by American President Lines. Thanks to generous donation by these two companies we were able to bring these new shelters to this country and do some amazing things with them. Here is the story of our travels told through pictures and videos.

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Finally we will help the children of Kalatbisan go back to school!

Finally we will help the children of Kalatbisan go back to school!

children of djiboutiI first traveled to Djibouti to scout out sites for solar powered water pump sites in January, 2015. With Colonel Mohamed Farah, who previously had served at CENTCOM as the Djibouti Senior National Representative as my guide we traveled most of the country. One of my trips we headed above Lake Assal, a beautiful salt water lake west of Djibouti City, the capital. It was a rough road but after 4 hours we reached a small village on a windswept plateau. The people of Kalatbisan had seen us coming for many miles on the torturous rocky and broken road and the women and many children were waiting for us, or rather for me. I was coming and there was hope that I would bring some help to a people living on the edge. There were many small yurt like homes dotting the landscape and a tattered UNICEF tent and a dome. The dome contained food that the World Food Program sent to feed the children that attended school. The tent was the last remaining one as the others had been blown away by the unremitting winds. In that tent we met with the village elders. Read More

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Nepal 2016: A Series of Short Stories

Nepal 2016: A Series of Short Stories

My 2016 travels in Nepal were full of stories of amazing dedication, selflessness and love and they have touched me like never before. Read these stories of my travels and you will see why our hearts have to be opened and we are called upon, all of us to help the people of Nepal and… Read More

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Capable and Dignified Children is my Success : Sabita Upreti

Capable and Dignified Children is my Success : Sabita Upreti

STORY 2 Written by Astitwa Team A compassionate lady with a welcoming smile, Sabita Upreti stands with strong convictions and devotion for service and humanity. The founder and Chief Executive Director of Special School for Disabled and Rehabilitation Centre (SSDRC), a Non Governmental Organization, Upreti states that, “Success for me is when I see my… Read More

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Manab Sewa Ashram or Human Services Home

Manab Sewa Ashram or Human Services Home

STORY 3 Ramji Adhikari’s story While driving the streets and roads of Chitwan’s towns and rural areas, Ramji could not fail to notice the human trash left on the side of the road. What could he do? So Ramji asked his friends to help gather the homeless. It was to be a big picnic and… Read More

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Our Earthquake Rebuilding efforts

Our Earthquake Rebuilding efforts

STORY 4 After the earthquake struck last April many people in the villages in Nepal across a wide swath of land were left homeless. GAC with the support of the Tampa Nepal and Indian community started sending money to help. Over the last years we had been working with Punam and Atulya Ghismire in Tampa… Read More

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Chandibhayang and Koule Schools

Chandibhayang and Koule Schools

STORY 5 In the 8 years GAC has been in existence we have worked with many schools in the mountains above the Terai or plains which include the Chitwan Jungle area. Two of the Principals of school systems hiked down from their villages with the head of their school support organizations to meet me for a… Read More

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Antyodaya School Principal Ghanashyam Pradhan

Antyodaya School Principal Ghanashyam Pradhan

STORY 6 Another highlight of my trip was meeting Ghanashyam Pradhan. He runs the Antyodaya School in Chitwan. This school established 12 years ago by Kishor Chandra Dhungana, a local social activist was created to help uplift the children of backward Chepong community.  Following the death of Dhungana in 2003, the school began suffering financial… Read More

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