Roosters crowing children growing, got big plans but dirty pants, with kids to teach life is sweet!

Green Beans

It’s been one fantastic week! I feel very at home and at ease here. I’ve been working on organizing all the children’s books here at the house, so that the kids are reading things appropriate for their skill level. I’m also compiling/helping to write entrance exams for the 40 seats we are filling on merit. Am I in over my head? A little, but we live and learn right?

The next big hurdle will be developing the year’s curriculum standards with Maggie. She’s bought textbooks but there’s no such thing as a “Teacher’s Edition” here, so we have our work cut out for us. Once we have the yearly plans/goals made, we’ll start drilling down to weekly plans with the teachers. Weekly and monthly lesson plans are a new concept for them but I’m confident in their enthusiasm and talent.

I’m having a hard time finding words to explain how excited and grateful I am to be part of something that – forgive my audacity – will be life changing for the kids here at Kopila and in the Surkhet region. Limitless possibilities are something we take for granted in developed countries. We can tell these kids that they can be anything they want to because of Maggie and the Kopila Valley staff. Because of Do Something! and all the donors and volunteers that make this project happen, we can give the greatest gift we have to give – education.

It’s in everyone’s power to teach and to share. What kind of world would we have if we took a moment each day to share something with someone – a story we heard on NPR, an interesting article from the Dallas Morning News, or a factoid from your desk calendar. Today, share a recipe, share a joke, share some lunch and talk about what interests you. You can’t imagine how bright a light a tiny spark can become. : )

Angali, Rupa, Goma (birthday girl!), and Nisha - dreaming and wishing big!

PS – Green beans – I got off track. I’ve had a little head cold and have been sneezing up a storm. Yesterday at lunch Kassoum gave us the most delicious green beans, fresh, crunchy, and buttery to boot. I think they did just the trick. I feel ten times better already.


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