In times of great struggle is when we discover how strong we truly are. Since April 25th, the day of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, we have learned that, as a community, we are mighty.

Despite the destruction and despair that surrounds them, our amazing scholars are assisting in relief efforts; despite thousands of miles, three of our own amazing team, Shraddha Rimal, Prem Shrestha, and David Robbins, have taken and are distributing supplies and documenting activities on the ground in Nepal; despite individual needs, our generous global community has given over $31,000 to our Nepal Relief Fund and many in-kind donations of much-needed emergency supplies; and despite personal despair, our friends have flooded us with uplifting messages of hope and consolation as we work toward the rebuilding of Nepal.

One of these dear friends and avid supporters of Bo M. Karlsson Foundation, Barbara Trenary, had this to share as we all process the devastation in Nepal:

My hope for you is to replace a tiny bit of the pain and sadness each day with resolve and hope for better lives for those remaining.  The earth has adjusted and now we all must adjust too. You are about to spawn 11 amazing graduates to be part of those better lives.  That is huge.  We all face speed bumps in the road.  This is not just a speed bump, this is a loss of an entire highway.  I am hoping that the graduates will not have experienced more personal trauma than they can handle.  Until that highway is rebuilt, it will be a long road. I wish there was an easier answer.  

No circumstances could surpass the one Nepal faces now in the need for educated, intelligent, and motivated young women. Through your continued support through scholarships and keeping our online community flourishing on Facebook, our investment of time and resources now will reap the benefits of an even stronger and more beautiful Nepal, built up from within.