On December 30, 2019, I made a presentation at a school to about 60 people. I shared my journey from Nepal starting as someone our society had written off as a nobody and wouldn't amount to much to becoming the person I am today -- a human being first -- and some of the most important life lessons I have learned. The reason for doing so? To inspire children to dream big and to reach for that which they have been told they can't or shouldn't, or to become that which they have been told they can't.
At a session last month with a little over four dozen parents from twenty-five schools, I shared three things they can do to fill the gap with their children's education in Nepal. Reproduced in the blog post are details of those three things and other important bits from that session.
My attempt at inspiring students at Dhaulagiri Boarding School in Jomsom, a village in my home District of Mustang, to pursue their dreams, to break out of the limitations and constraints imposed on them by Nepalese culture and society.
How a journalist completely missed the central point of -- AND misrepresented what I shared at -- a presentation about volunteering that I made earlier this month.
Earlier this month, the evening of April 5 to be precise, I gave a presentation at Wisdom Wednesdays series of talks at Paddy Foley's organized by NGN. The series, and therefore the talk, is about ETHICAL voluntourism. I volunteered to give the presentation as a contribution towards the organizer's efforts to #StopOrphanTrips to Nepal.
I had a number of reasons for wanting to go abroad for studies. One had been to learn about other people and places. Another had been to escape Nepal.