This month we had the privilege of attending an event organized by high school girls at Swickley Academy when they put together a fundraising dinner to support the girls of Rukmini Foundation.  I was so amazed how these girls were involved in global issues regarding education, and especially for faraway places like Nepal.


The girls of Sewickley Academy who worked very hard to organize this event.

We made it to the event as the girls were preparing for the dinner event. Most of them were working during the day and planning the event in the evening.  They turned the school library room into a dining hall in a very short time. They were working together to place a nice dinner menu, bringing food from the car, warming the food, and walking around with signs to reach out to more people who were attending different events at the school in order to raise more money to support girls in Nepal.

This lovely dinner was mainly the idea of Margaret Weber, a senior at Sewickley Academy, who learned more about Nepal after reading a book called “Little Princes” by Connor Grennan. The book describes the plight of Nepali children due to a decade long civil war, and describes the situation of Nepali children in general. She became very interested to help children in Nepal, thus reached out to a school in Bageswori, Bhaktapur just by searching though the internet.  She is very interested and involved in supporting children’s education in Nepal, especially for girls.  We met her when she organized the screening of the movie “Girl Rising” at her school and we have looked for ways to work together since. We were very proud to have been invited to speak at the movie screening where students, their parents, and school staff attended the event. The audience was moved by the plight of girls in developing countries shown at the movie and were excited to hear that our foundation was addressing these issues in Nepal.


We had a table setup where we put up some t-shirts and photographs from Nepal for sale.

We were so humbled by the even which was organized just for us. We had the chance to meet and speak with the parents, teachers and other students who came to support. They took a keen interest in Nepal, its geography and diversity as well. They were interested to hear about our work at Rukmini Foundation.  We were overwhelmed by the efforts put together by the girls of Swickley Academy. What an honor it was for us.


The girls showing their support for Rukmini girls through friendship bracelets.

On behalf of our foundation team in the US and Nepal, and especially the girls of Rukmini Foundation, we like to give a huge DHANYABAD (thank you) to Margaret and her classmates. We also wish them the best as they continue towards becoming future leaders who will change the world for the better.


About Laxmi Aryal

Laxmi was the first female in her family to receive an education. While the education she received was limited, she was able to make the best of it and became the first person from her family and village to complete high school, undergraduate studies and eventually a Masters degree. She eventually earned a Masters Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Policy. Hers is an inspirational story that the Rukmini Foundation hopes to replicate. She serves as an inspiration for the foundation and its leadership.
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