Friday, August 23, 2013

Paying it forward in Nepal

Valley student returns home to discuss philanthropy


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

?Every day that our girls are in school is a huge success. Not to mention that our girls are doing incredibly well both in school and out of school, fairing amazingly well after they complete their schooling as nurses, engineers, accountants, teachers, nonprofit workers and private-sector workers. On Aug. 11, two of our older, graduated girls, Kriti Hada and Sapana Ohja, arrived in Virginia to start their four-year, full-tuition scholarships at Shenandoah University.? Courtesy photo from Trevor Patzer

    Trevor Patzer is used to success, despite the odds. He has seen resilience in his work with young girls in Nepal and is celebrating the fact that just weeks ago two of his older students arrived in Virginia on four-year, full-tuition scholarships to Shenandoah University.
    He knows the people of the valley are there for each other and its residents will thrive again, which helps him stay focused on the job helping the Little Sister Fund, which he will talk about Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum.
    Patzer was paying forward generosity shown him as a Wood River student, after receiving the gift of education by a family friend who sent him to New Hampshire for high school, launching his empathic path to Nepal.
    Through a series of intentional encounters, happenstance and determination, “today we support the long-term education, guidance and mentoring of 1,250 girls in Nepal,” he said. “We run an incredibly dynamic, efficient and effective program. We have a remarkable team of six talented and compassionate education specialists in Nepal. Our only limitation in what we can accomplish as an organization boils down to finances.”
    Why not do something local? Because so little can do so much in Nepal, he explained.
    “The reason we work in Nepal is that for a tiny fraction of the money, we can save and change the lives of Little Sisters in Nepal. My boarding school currently costs more than $50,000 a year.  For that same $50,000, we can educate and keep over 250 Little Sisters in school.  
    “Plus, if I had not gone to St. Paul’s, I still would have gone to college. If Little Sisters are not helped, their alternatives are child labor, child marriage and child trafficking for sexual exploitation.”
    For more information, visit www.littlesistersfund.org.




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