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Newsletter Archive – February 2012

Feb 29, 2012   ||   by Bibhuti   ||   News, Newsletter  || 
Monthly Newsletter – February 2012

Happy Leap Day!! The shortest month of the year (slightly longer this year) has been a busy one for us at Rukmini Foundation. We hope that it has been a successful one for you as well. Let’s recap some of the things we were able to do, and discuss some of the things that are coming up in the weeks and months ahead.

Rukmini Foundation spreads happiness in Nepal and Pittsburgh


As promised in our last update, the foundation wanted to give the girls something to smile about by screening a documentary titled “Happy.” The screening was a great success despite power outage and difficulty with the English for some of our participants. Everybody was very happy to have been a part of this. Read more about this event in Nepal and how the team in Pittsburgh also took part.

Foundation making friends in Pittsburgh:

Bibhuti Speaking @ Entrepreneurial ThursdaysAs mentioned in our last newsletter, Bibhuti Aryal of Rukmini Foundation was invited to speak at Entrepreneurial Thursdays. The event allowed us to meet people who were not only growing businesses, but were helping to build a stronger community in Pittsburgh. We were honored to be a part of this great event, where we made new friends and enjoyed the beautiful voice of Ms. Jessica Lee and the powerful music of talented local jazz musicians. The foundation seeks to strengthen alliances with local organizations and participating in events like this will allow us to not only promote the good works we plan to do, but to take part in the improvement of the communities we are a part of.

Our good friend Stormy’s series of posts about our challenges:

Stormy Sweitzer - Social Enterprise Consultant/CoachOur great friend Stormy has completed a series of posts discussing the challenges of building a nonprofit. See the 4 part series on her site:

Part 1 – Organiztion Challenges
Part 2 – Infrastructure Challenges
Part 3 – Social Challenges
Part 4 – Business Challenges

Many thanks to Stormy for providing this wonderful platform for us.

First “Funraiser” Event Scheudled for March 4th

Rukmini Foundation Presents Ruk & Roll - A Charity'Bowl EventWe are excited to announce that we have organized a bowling outing for friends of the foundation. This will be a fun event which will help to spread the message of our foundation, raise some much needed funds for our girls and bring our team and community closer together. It promises to be a fun event. If you are in or around the Pittsburgh area this coming weekend (March 4 3pm – 5pm), you should consider making a trip to AMF Bowling in Mt. Lebanon. You can RSVP for this event through Facebook as well. We hope this will be the start of many more such events for our friends and supporters.

All in all, a pretty successful February and we have so much more to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.  We are planning to hold an awards ceremony soon to officially welcome the first class of Rukmini Scholars so stay tuned for pictures and updates. Also in the next installment, we will tell you about the parents/teacher meeting we had with the girls, their parents, school staff and foundation leadership in Nepal.

Thank you for your continued support.  You can also follow us on the following Social Media outlets. Till next time … Namaste.


We love to hear from you. If you have any comments, ideas, or questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us at: info@rukminifoundation.org

About Bibhuti

Bibhuti Aryal is originally from the country of Nepal, but has called Pittsburgh home for more than 26 years. He attended Pittsburgh Public Schools and is an alum of Robert Morris University and Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently a Technology & Management Consultant with SDLC Partners.In 2011, Bibhuti went back to Nepal after being away for many years for a visit, and realized firsthand the true impact education can have and how fortunate he was to have that opportunity. Witnessing extreme poverty and inequality faced by many in Nepal, especially girls and women, Bibhuti dedicated himself to find ways to reverse discriminatory practices which left girls out of school and into a cycle of poverty. Bibhuti, along with some friends and family started an organization called Rukmini Foundation, inspired by Bibhuti's great grandmother Rukmini who despite being given away as a child bride at the age of 8 and being widowed in her teenage years, was able to instill in her children and future generations the importance of education as a means of empowerment and escaping poverty. It is this belief in the transformative power of education that drives Bibhuti to be a passionate advocate for quality education for all as he leads the effort of the foundation; which is providing educational support, mentoring and health & wellness services to girls in a rural region in Nepal. Bibhuti believes that empowering disenfranchised communities everywhere through education will lead to a more equitable and prosperous world for all.

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