I am so excited as I write this blog. If you read more about how Kylesh, my brother, founded the Nepal House US Chapter, the initial spark came from a grade 8 school wide assignment at Autrey Mill Middle School. Now, I am in grade 8 following in his footsteps and this year has turned to be very special for Nepal House.
Autrey Mill is very focused on developing global citizens who take time to understand the larger societal surroundings and needs. One such exercise that they embrace is called the IMPACT project. This year long assignment pushes students to think deeply about organizations that create a positive IMPACT in the world today. Which organizations impact humanity in a positive way? What do they do at a selfless level for the world? How is the organization run and what is the vision that drives this effort?
Students are asked investigate the details to better understand and explain to their peers. When my brother went through the process two years back, it led him to the monumental decision to home school for his grade nine year to create a foundation and start a school halfway around the world.
The most amazing aspect is that Autrey Mill has not stood by but given him encouragement to achieve this goal to show IMPACT. As a small example, the school secretary Ms. Betsy Jacks, was the first to step up at the school and donate to the cause when the US Chapter was started more than a year back and we had a challenge in raising initial funds.
This year as you walk into the school, there is a candy drive being run by student council and sponsor teachers that is symbolic mechanism to raise awareness and support for Nepal House efforts. Students and teachers are challenging each other to fundraise and sponsor some very key efforts that are taking place at the moment. The team in Nepal is working hard to plan for the next class of 12 underprivileged Nepali 5 year old girls. They require desks, uniforms, nutrition, education, therapy and a healing environment as they receive love and encouragement.
Go Autrey Mill - I am so proud of your support!!!
Nepal House US Chapter Member