Fall Newsletter: It’s festival season in Nepal and there is much to celebrate!
As the fall chill hits the air, we are reminded of how much we have accomplished this year, and how much we have to look forward to. Since March, our new community projects program continues to grow our Little Sisters into empowered young leaders. In August, we welcomed a new U.S. based staff member, Abigail Akre. And in September, we received great news about a new partnership with Keene State College.
Thanks to you, we now have over 2,000 Little Sisters and 300 graduates in 20 districts throughout Nepal. The girls are doing exceedingly well and continue to surpass national averages in school continuation rates and exams. They are safe and are growing into remarkable young women, role models, and leaders at school, at home, and in their community. We are so proud of them.
Your continued support provides each girl the opportunity for an empowered future. Thank you!
We officially launched our community projects program this year and it is a roaring success! Since March 2016, we have approved 10 community projects in 9 districts. And there are several more in the pipeline. These projects are designed and proposed by Little Sisters, who lead their communities to bring their ideas to life. We just provide a little seed money to help get the project started, and the girls, their families, and community members take it from there.
Talk about empowered, young community leaders!
We are thrilled to announce that Keene State College will offer two new scholarships to graduating Little Sisters for the 2017-2018 academic year. Keene State College joins our other university partners—Shenandoah University, Centenary College of Louisiana, and the Asian University for Women—to provide Little Sisters the opportunity to continue their education abroad.
Thank you, LSF Partner Universities!
It’s festival season in Nepal. Late October and early November bring the two biggest and most celebrated festivals of the year for Hindus around the world. Simply put, Dashain celebrates the victory of the Hindu goddess, Durga, over the demon, Mahishasura, and is the longest and most auspicious holiday in Nepal. The festival of Tihar follows and is celebrated by worshiping different animals and gods for five days. During both festivals, it is common for people to bless each other by sharing Tika (red dots on the forehead) with mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, elders, youngers, etc.
We wish all Little Sisters, their families, and the entire LSF family a very happy Dashain and Tihar!
This summer, we said goodbye to Catharine Morgan, who was LSF’s Project Manager and Communications Director for 2 years. Catharine’s dedication to the organization and our Little Sisters was unmistakable and she will be missed. We are grateful for everything Catharine did for LSF!
Abigail Akre joined LSF in late August as the U.S.-based Development and Communications Director. She comes to LSF with over ten years non-profit experience in all management, development, communications, programmatic, and operations facets of the Center for International Policy – a $6 million advocacy and research organization dedicated to promoting a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Abigail has a BA from Bates College and an MA from Georgetown University. We are excited to have her on board!