Monthly Newsletter – April 2012
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 :-).
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.
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