June 5 – World Environment Day

Did you know that June 5 was World Environment Day? The theme for this year was Think.Eat.Save, and it is focused on waste reduction and sustainability in food. Our partner school ASC has been at the forefront of this issue by establishing a sustainable farm. The girls of Rukmini Foundation and other schoolchildren from Shikharapur School took part in a cleanup effort at the sustainable agriculture farm as a tribute to this day. Promoting social service and a love for the environment … we think that was a pretty good way to celebrate World Environment Day.

Some pictures of the activities the students were involved in on Flickr

Learn more about World Environment Day here: http://www.unep.org/wed/

Meeting a fellow villager in Pittsburgh

We wanted to share a nice little story on Tuesday. Last month, our honorary chairperson ran into a young man from the same village as her family. He was in the US through a program organized by Amizade Global Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Scholars Give Thanks

As they prepare for the first set of examinations of this school year, the scholars also wanted to take some time to show their appreciation by writing out thank you notes to all of the supporters of Rukmini Foundation.

Take a look at some of the pictures from this activity on Flickr

Celebrating Sapana’s Birthday

Being in school and being a Rukmini Scholar is not only about having the chance to study, but also to enjoy great moments like this – Sapana Rai (2013 scholar) gets a small birthday gift from her mentors (Didis) and the other scholars. Celebrations like this promote the love of school, a sense of sisterhood, and a feeling of belonging.

Celebrating and emphasizing the important role of parents in their girls’ education

Did you know that June 1 was World Parent’s Day? Not only did we celebrate Father’s Day in the US this month, but we also wanted to highlight the crucial role parents play in their children’s education. We held a meeting with scholars, their parents, and guardians in order to emphasize the importance of a good home environment for learning. One of our scholars (Junu)‘s mother spoke about how she had to drop out in order to get married, but is going to back to school as an adult. Her inspiration is one of the reasons Junu is doing very well in school.

Read our blog post about the critical role parents play in education

Upcoming Rukmini Foundation Events
Can ice cream change the life for underprivileged girls in Nepal?  We dream that it is possible.  We are collaborating with a cool (literally and figuratively) company that sells tasty scoops of ice cream with generous sprinkling of charity on top.  If you want to find out more, stop by Dream Cream ice cream shop at 539 Liberty Avenue – Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Open 11am – 11pm daily.  Portion of the proceeds will go to make the dream of education possible for girls in Nepal.

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