Thank you to all of our supporters who joined us for our anniversary benefits dinner on October 8. Great food, great fun, and great fundraising. Because of your generosity, we will be able to do even more to empower girls through education.Here is a video we presented at the event that shows what we were able to do in Nepal:
October was a very busy month for us, and we couldn’t be happier about that.  Not only did we celebrate our anniversary in the US, we also celebrated in Nepal.  We also commemorated the International Day of the Girl and took part in our yearly StandUp4Girls campaign with our friends from LitWorld.The foundation mentors (Didis) along with the scholars (Bahinis) celebrated the day by taking part in a creative activity honoring women that have made a difference in their lives. Many thanks to our mentors (Surabhi, Prakriti, and Prabriti) for organizing this event and for this wonderful post to summarize it.

Check out some of the wonderful pictures on Flickr.

Congratulations to our Board Member, Allyce

This past month we are proud to announced that one of our board members, Allyce Pinchback was recently honored as an emerging leader by the National Black MBA Association. We get to see her leadership qualities every day, and we are honored to have her in our team. Congratulations Allyce.

Speaking of awards …Rukmini Foundation Awarded Great Honor by GSPIA and Ford Institute

We are honored to have been awarded the Ford Institute’s Director Award for our work in Nepal as well as the US. The award is given out by the Ford Institute for Human Security an organization within University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Policy and International Affairs (GSPIA) and is a recognition of our work in supporting human security through education.  We are incredibly honored and committed to fulfilling our award commitments by helping even more girls in Nepal and helping to advocate for education in the US, especially those who are under-served.

A video of the awards ceremony is available here.  Our new friends PRYSE Academy were the other awardee.

Two great additions to our board member teamAs our programs continue to grow in scope, both in Nepal and in the US, we have seen the need to grow as an organization as well. In order to support that growth, we have recruited 2 new board members into our leadership team: Kristin Berman and Cheryl Paxton-Hughes.  Kristin and Cheryl bring not only their education and experience, but also a deep belief in our mission and a passion for making good things happen.  We couldn’t be happier that they are joining our amazing team of board members.  Learnmore about our team here

South Hills Power Yoga Empowers in Pittsburgh and in Nepal

We would like to give our sincere thanks to South Hills Power Yoga for teaming up with us.  SHPY conducted 2 evening classes of yoga where both classes were “pay-what-you-can,” and all of the proceeds donated directly to the Rukmini Foundation to help empower and educate girls in Nepal.

HUB Event to get people thinking globally and acting locally

Do you think Pittsburgh is a truly global city?  How can we make Pittsburgh more of a hub for ideas and solutions to problems both local and global?  What role should education play in the transformation of the city? These are just some of the topics that we will touch upon in this event that will show that Pittsburgh is indeed connected to the world and the world to Pittsburgh, and how education plays a big role in that.

This FREE event will give participants an opportunity to learn about the interesting initatives around education that is going on in Pittsburgh to not only make our city a better place, but our world a better world.  This event will bring together various local nonprofits to highlight their work, but also to start a serious discussion about how we can mobilize Pittsburghers to improve our local and global communities.

Event Schedule:

  • Registration
  • Light Snacks and Happy Hour
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Cultural Performance
  • Closing Comments

Participating Organizations:

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