Academy at the Lakes in Land O Lakes, Florida has again shown their love and support of the children in Nepal. Last year they gave money to Shree Ganesh Secondary School in Kavre. The school was severely damaged by the earthquake of 2015 and when asked the Academy students responded by raising $2,000 to rebuild the bathroom. Working with the Yogdan Foundation and a local Swiss man who matched the donation we were able to make this dream come true. I was able to speak with the students this November and show them photos of the school with the children thanking them and a small plaque that was given to them.
I also spoke with the students about the ongoing commitment they have made to Surkhandi Elementary School and the school. The students from Surkhandi who have graduated are now attending the middle school in Chandibahang and planning on attending the high school there. This year they donated $1,922 to the programs that include lunches and school supplies. In the past they paid for sweaters. We at Global Action Coalition as well as the staff and students at these schools are so appreciative of the generosity of the Academy at the Lakes.
I 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
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 our partners in these efforts who have showed through their love what change can do. Read More
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 children being capable enough to live a dignified life.” Despite challenges in the field, she has been actively engaged to make a difference in the lives of many differently abled children since the establishment of SSDRC in 2010. Read More