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Newsletter Archive – April 2012

Apr 30, 2012   ||   by Bibhuti   ||   News, Newsletter  || 
Monthly Newsletter – April 2012
Namaste

Hope you had a good and productive April. Here at the Rukmini Foundation, we had quite a busy and momentous month.  We are so proud to announce that our program is now officially underway.

Rukmini Foundation Officially Kicks-Off

So far this year, we have had several important events, but a truly historic occasion took place on April 18 of this year.  The Rukmini Foundation team in Nepal held an awards ceremony for the first class of Rukmini Scholars.  During the ceremony, we handed out uniforms and books for the coming year, and we also pledged that the foundation would support these girls all the way to graduation. The girls’ parents vowed to keep them in school for the duration of the program.  A truly memorable and momentous day for us all. We could not have done this without the help of our supporters and donors.  A huge thank you to all of you.  Read our Program Manager’s excellent write-up about the ceremony and check out the pictures.  The smiles on the girls’ faces will make you feel instantly better :-).

Some Pictures from the Awards Ceremony

See more pictures of the inaugural awards ceremony.

Now the hard work begins for both the girls and our foundation.  We are very excited about the challenges that lie ahead.

Female Role Model in Action: Singer Anju Panta Inspires

Our foundation is fortunate to have a partnership with a school like A School for Community (ASC), which has pioneered programs like continuing education for women that missed out on the opportunity to go to school as children, but are now able to learn valuable skills.  Recently, a celebration was held to commemorate the anniversary of the re-opening of the school for women “Mahila Bidhyalaya”. One of the esteemed guests of this event was Nepali singer Anju Panta who inspired the girls through her story of perseverancein the pursuit of her dreams. The girls also joined in on the celebration by performing a traditional dance. We want the Rukmini girls to have the confidence to find their passion and pursue their dreams — just like Anju did.

Happy New Year!!

Finally, we want to close out this edition of our newsletter by wishing you a very happy Nepali New Year 2069.  Based on the Nepalese calendar, the new year falls typically between April 13 and 14.  Learn more about the Nepali New Year and the significance of this day from this great post by the foundation’s honorary Chairperson Laxmi.

Stay tuned …

So, the girls are now officially starting school.  Our foundation staff and volunteers will be continually monitoring their progress to ensure that they get off to a good start in this program.  More to come on the newsletters and blog posts about their progress. We also have a few events in the works so stay tuned via the site and our social media outlets.  Lots of new pictures have been uploaded to our Flickr site, so if you haven’t gone their yet, it is worth the effort.

Thanks again for all of your support.  We are working towards a better world together.

Till next time … Namaste.

CONNECT WITH US

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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