March 15, 2011

Before leaving for Nepal, I carefully studied the biographies of the scholarship recipients in the BMKF newsletters. I wanted to get a sense of who these girls were before I interviewed them on camera. On paper their pictures and stories are inspirational, but in person… these young women are power houses! I mean, they SPARK. BIG TIME! Eight of the eleven current recipients, as well as Bindu, the foundation’s first graduate, all convened at a Kathmandu college early on a Saturday morning for the big shoot. This was an incredible turn out considering how difficult it is to travel in the cou... read more >>

March 1, 2011

The linked article was published in the 'Real People, Real Stories' blog on on March 1st 2011. read more >>

March 20, 2010

I'm writing from Kathmandu in between power shortages and internet interruptions. On this my fourth visit to Nepal, my feelings alternate between awe at the natural beauty of the rural countryside, gratitude to the old and new friends who have welcomed me, and sadness and trepidation over the poverty and hardship I have witnessed. Each time I come here, no matter how prepared I think I am the poverty, chaos and pollution of Kathmandu stuns me. The beauty of rural Nepal is incomparable but even there the poverty is painfully palpable, albeit softened by Nature’s beauty. When we think of Nepal... read more >>

April 30, 2009

While I was in Nepal this past December and January, I took a domestic flight on Buddha Air to the city of Nepalgunj to visit one of our scholarship recipients; Sharada KC. Nepalgunj is a city in the southwestern part of the Terai (the flat, moist, food-growing region of Nepal). While it seems like everyone from the hills has moved to Kathmandu in the past 20 years, there has been a large migration to the Terai as well. The main East-West Highway, well the only one in the nation, runs from either end of the Terai. Since much of the food is grown in this region (or coming south from India), it'... read more >>