We hope that you will take some time to review our 2017 annual report. We know that it is a somewhat lengthy document and heavy in terms of filesize, but we also believe that it is packed full of updates that will make you feel good about supporting us. It is also not that hard to read since it is mostly pictures.
While reading the document may not be too tough, we found this to be a most challenging year for the foundation in ways that we could not imagine at the beginning of the year. The theme of our report is around the long journeys that we took in this year. From bringing a group of girls to New York for the 2nd HerStory Summit and bringing a team to take part in FIRST Global Robotics Challenge in Washington DC, our foundation traveled far indeed. However, the real long journey for us was in reaching out to more remote villages around the areas where we already serve. Even though geographically these villages are not that far, the challenges we saw in these areas showed us that we need to pay more attention here. We saw even higher rates of child marriage and severe cases of malnutrition in schoolchildren. We started the year wanting to reach more remote villages, and when we got there, we realized that we had to focus on these areas if we really wanted to make a difference. We believe that we are starting to see positive changes, but there is much to be done. In the end, we are proud of our journey in 2017, and we look forward to staying on this journey in 2018 along with all of our supporters.
Thank you all for making this journey possible.
Bibhuti Aryal on behalf of the Board, Staff and Volunteers