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6 New Scholars, 3 New Graduates,
1 New Office in Kathmandu
This month, we’re counting our blessings:

First, thank you to everyone who supported our Jyamu, Lhamu & You campaign, BMKF’s end-of-year fundraiser. Our goal was $10,000 and we collected $8,500 -- enough to pay for two years of undergrad study for BMKF scholars Jangmu Sherpa (B.S.N.) and Lhamu Sherpa (B.Ed.). Thank you so much for supporting women’s empowerment through higher education in Nepal.  

We also count six new BMKF scholars, three recent graduates, 11 continuing scholars, our Nepal board, and a beautiful, pink office in Kathmandu among our blessings.

On January 21, we experienced an amazing outpouring of love, hope, strength, and support for women, girls, and people of all identities at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and other cities and communities across the nation and internationally. This historic event was a worldwide blessing for us all.

Love is powerful. And yes, we can make a difference. Let’s do it!

Erin Inclán, BMKF Education Chair
Khatas for Incoming
and Graduating BMKF Scholars
We’re thrilled to introduce six new BMKF scholars in 2017 and congratulate three BMKF scholars who graduated in 2016. The students were recognized with khata scarves during a ceremony and celebration at our new Kathmandu office earlier this month. The event was hosted by BMKF’s Nepal staff and board members.

In the photo above, our new scholars and graduates are, from left to right: Indreni Waiba '16 (B.Ed.), Susmina Manandhar (geomatics engineering), Tshering Sherpa (nursing), Saniya Giri (law), Samjhana Thapa (social work), Binita Devkota (law), Lali Kumari '16 (BSN), and Babita Sharma '16 (B.S. Civil Engineering). Not included in the photograph: Pooja Yadav (nursing).


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BMKF's New Grads Ready to Teach and Work
(L-R) Babita Sharma, Indreni Waiba, and Lali Kumari
Congratulations and good luck to Indreni Waiba and Lali Kumari and a great big thank you to their sponsors Jen Smeby and Sandy Lewis, who also sponsored Pema Sherpa ’15. Kudos to Babita Sharma and dhanyabad to her generous sponsors Darren and Marisa Schoen. The Schoens previously sponsored Babita’s sister Sarita Sharma ’14 and currently sponsor BMKF scholar Rebika Bhandari (nursing).

What’s next for BMKF’s new grads? 

•  Indreni Waiba (B.Ed.) plans to teach primary school in the remote village of Bastipur in Makawanpur District where she is from.

•  Lali Kumari (B.S. in Nursing) is working as a nurse at Hamro Sahayatri Hospital and Birthing Centre in Jadibuti, Kathmandu. She recently joined our Nepal board and is helping to mentor other BMKF scholars.  

•  Babita Sharma (B.S. Civil Engineering) says, “Now I am doing an internship for the National Reconstruction Authority for the purpose of instructing people on how to build earthquake resistant houses in rural as well as urban areas of Nepal, as per norms and standards. I am also interested in roads, so after I finish my internship I’ll try to do something in that sector.”
Our Nepal board chair Bimala Manandhar presents a khata to Lali Kumari.
New Faces, Roles, Headquarters
for BMKF's Nepal Team 

PLUS
An Office Party to Write Home About... 
Things are shaking in Nepal, but this time in a good way! BMKF now has two staff, new roles for our Nepal board, and a beautiful office in Kathmandu.

Nepal program manager Sabita Tamang ’14 says she’s excited about the new space and possibilities it provides. She already has a plan.

“We want to provide extra academic and career support. BMKF scholars are very diverse and have different levels of skill and experience. Those from remote districts usually haven’t had as many opportunities as students from the Kathmandu Valley. For example, this year will we offer workshops on public speaking, women’s health, and resume writing, as well as interview skills,” she said.

BMKF accountant Rama Poudel ’15, also an alumna, will manage the new office.

To welcome new scholars, honor graduates, and start the Nepal academic year, our Nepal board and staff hosted a special office party earlier this month. BMKF scholars gathered with staff and board members for a half-day event, to meet each other, learn about expectations for the year, eat, dance, sing, and have fun.

Visit the Bo M. Karlsson website to see more photos and a video from our 2017 Nepal office party event.  
Update on BMKF's Nepal Board
As of 2017, Bimala Manadhar has accepted the role of board chairperson. Other members of the Nepal board include vice chairman Om Prakash Singh, secretary Neema Sherpa ’14, treasurer Sabita Tamang ’14, and Poonam Karki, plus new two board members -- Sarita Sharma ’14 and Lali Kumari ’16.
BMKF is Looking for Sponsors!
If you would like to sponsor a BMKF scholar or you know someone who might be interested, contact Sonnia Karlsson at sjk73@msn.com to learn more.
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