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Dear <<First Name>>, Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year!

News & stories to celebrate


Dear |FNAME|*,

With your support, 2014 was a productive year for the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation. We’re buzzing with news about jobs, internships, graduate degrees, grants, computer literacy, fundraising, and more! Thank you so much to all of our donors, sponsors, volunteers, partners, and friends in the United States, Nepal, and around the world. We couldn't do it without you!

“The BMKF scholars are amazing! They all have such diverse backgrounds and are so inspirational. It’s a privilege to know them.”

American volunteer Joanna Kim (center) spent two months of her gap year before college teaching computer literacy classes for BMKF scholars from remote areas. In this photo, Joanna and "the two Sitas from Terai" — Sita Kumari Chaudhari (social work) and Sita Kumari Chaudhari (education) — take a break to visit historic Bhimsen Tower in Kathmandu.
 

News from Nepal

 

Bo M. Karlsson Foundation scholars don't sit still. Already our 2014 graduates are pursuing exciting new jobs and opportunities. BMKF alums are busy too. Guess who's a credit union manager, an international scholarship winner, a peace educator, teacher, doctor, NGO volunteer, IT expert, grad student, bride?!


Sarita Sharma ’14 (Electronics Engineering) was the only woman selected for a United Nations-Nepal team that provides IT training and support for government staff in rural districts.

Neema Sherpa ’14 (Development Studies) won an award for her thesis research paper and was hired as a peace educator for Children's World Peace Organization Nepal.

Bhim Kumari ’14 (Business) is a credit union manager in Shankhuwasabha District (northeastern Nepal) and reports that she is saving money for a master’s degree!

Zyamu Lama ’14 (Education) is teaching at Surya Secondary Boarding School in Khandbari, where her younger brother and sister are two of her pupils. 

Sabita Tamang Ghising ’14 (Business) joined BMKF as our first paid staff person in Nepal, where she coordinates students, volunteers, workshops, finances, and more!
Fresh graduate degrees, new goals...
  • Grishma Manandhar ’11 (Mechanical Engineering) won a scholarship to pursue a renewable energy and environmental management master’s degree in Germany.
  • Meera Moktan ’13 (Business) helped conduct a month-long survey project for the Local Governance Community Development Programme, a joint UN-Nepal initiative.
  • Shanta Sapkota ’10 (Education) completed her master's degree in education and is ready to teach or lead teachers.
  • Kanchhi Sherpa ’11 (Education) completed her master’s in education and is a teacher in Khumjung, her hometown in the Himalayas.
  • Shrada Chhetry (Medicine) finished medical school and is officially a doctor! The unstoppable Dr. Shrada plans to specialize as an ENT.
  • Sarita Tamang '11 is now a TV reporter.
  • Sumita Maharjan '11 is an accountant.
Two brides and one foreign traveler in 2014
  • Congratulations to Anita Lama (Education) and Sima Rana Magar (Education) who recently married young men from their communities. Both scholars said their families and new spouses support their education goals. 
  • We were sad to say farewell to Nirmala Ghising (Humanities) who left the BMKF program in September — but tickled to learn that she will use her language skills to study in Germany!
Sima Pun Magar in the Dream Garden, Kathmandu..
“I knew the Foundation had an initiative to help women with disabilities and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I decided to send an additional student to school this year.”
Marisa Schoen, BMKF sponsor and fundraiser extraordinaire

Marisa's campaign for Rebika

Marisa and Darren Schoen previously sponsored Sarita Sharma ’14 — one of Nepal’s first women electronics engineers. They now sponsor Sarita’s younger sister Babita, a civil engineering student.
But Marisa wanted to do more. She decided to raise funds for Rebika, a young woman who wants to be a nurse and has the added challenge of having lost a foot as a child.

Learn how Marisa used a webpage, 700 emails, 20 pairs of earrings, and some homemade treats to raise $2,500.

Read the story >
Thank you for your support in transforming these women's lives!
Many wishes for a prosperous New Year!

~The BMKF Team
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