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Nepal Banana Farmer

Nepal-banana-farmer.jpgSheru Giri was born in Lamjung, Nepal 47 years ago and has a lower high school level education. He dreamed of brining change is his life so dropped out of school and joined his friend in the Gulf t o work. He was very young when he did that, and soon realized that he could not tolerate working in the heat of Saudi Arabia so he quit and returned home with a determination to work hard on his own land.

Upon arriving back in Nepal, he was bewildered. He didn’t have any idea what to do and where to find the investment he needed for his plan? He spent years struggling to provide daily bread for himself and his wife and two children.

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Kenya Community Based Education Trust Fund

Kenya-1-768x576.jpgA community that achieves change through its own effort will always feel more powerful and they will always be eager to generate more change. CHOICE Kenya’s journey to create more self developing villages has been gradual but manifesting good results.

The Community Based Education Trust Fund (COBETF) program is a practical experience of communities supporting education of their children in secondary schools through parents contributing more than $715 within a duration of one year.

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Mexico Savings Box Program

Mexican-students2-320x198.jpgMargarita, Ana Luisa, Carmen, Maricela, Lupita and Catherine are students in Conception Aculco, State of Mexico. They are very enthusiastic and intelligent young women and single mothers.

Recently they approached CHOICE Mexico about starting a Savings Box Program at their school. They want to invite their classmates to join the Savings Box Program because they believe they can save what little they have to address future needs at school and home.

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Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal

Nepal-School.jpgCHOICE Nepal is building an earthquake resilient school with eight classrooms in Archaleni-Duradanda, Lamjung. CHOICE Nepal will be taking a third group of doTERRA International executives, staff, and wellness advocates on an expedition to Archaleni finish the school and inaugurate the new school. A big thank you to the LDS Charities for additional funding to help complete the school.

 

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Manisha Gurung

Manisha-Gurung.jpgManisha Gurung is 11 years old and lives in an impoverished village in Nepal. She and two of her sisters were provided with CHOICE scholarship along with all the children of the school. Her family is involved in agriculture but doesn’t own any farming land. They do share cropping and work for others for their survival. Sharecropping land is generally the least fertile land because the owners keep the fertile land for themselves.

Manisha’s father, the only bread winner for the family, is not home most of the time and her mother has a mental illness. The family has been bearing a huge financial burden treating her illness. 

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Omar

Omar.jpgOut of Omar and his nine siblings, only four have a secondary education and Omar is the only one with a post-secondary education. A teacher saw his potential and helped him continue his studies where he received a scholarship from CHOICE Kenya. Director “Mama Rita” went on to help him navigate college. Omar now teaches in Sambururu and is able to support his extended family and provide career guidance to local youth. Pongezi Omar!

 

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Strong Women and DownEast

Carlota-1.jpg“As humans we are all equal, and we should treat others as such, and honor every race, religion, culture, and belief with the same respect that we expect others to have for ourselves.” Julie, Store Manager for DownEast Home & Clothing.

DownEast has been our corporate partner since 2009 focusing on gender equity in the Polochic valley of Guatemala.  Strong female role models are important in their staff and philanthropy efforts as well as a shared core value. Their partnership is a great example of how consistent small actions can lead to big lasting change. Find a comfortable chair and get to know six strong, amazing women.

Thank you DownEast for being our guest blogger this week!

 

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Sikaabe Cabin

Sikaabe-cabin-1.jpgCHOICE Guatemala has completed the first cabin at Sikaabe – our new vocational training school located in the Polochic Valley. These cabins will be a source of revenue for the school and are located on a ridge overlooking the most amazing scenic view that you will ever see! Soon these will be promoted and marketed as a resting place for overnight tourists that visit this area. Students studying hospitality at Sikaabe will provide a first class visit to guests, and 100% of the revenue will be used to help Sikaabe become self-sustaining. Sikaabe, which is Q’eqchi’ for Seek Your Path, broke ground in 2014 and started animal production in 2015. Felicitaciones CHOICE Guatemala!

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FeelGood

FeelGood.jpgFeelGood is not just incredible college students running successful social enterprises – grilled cheese delis, they are an official partner of CHOICE. This youth-led movement is working with us to end extreme poverty by turning college into a time of effective global action where students raise money and build public support for the end of extreme hunger and poverty.

Katy Mullis is a FeelGood volunteer and after recently returning from Nepal where she worked with locals, she wrote a blog around the concept that chronic hunger, most often caused by extreme poverty, is when individuals do not have the means to nourish properly themselves to ensure they have healthy, productive lives.

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Education as a Gateway to Social Change

Social-Change.jpgPrem Kumari Prajuli is a 79-year-old widow. She was married at 11 and a widow by 12. When her husband died, she was too young to realize that lasting impact of how that would shape her life. Even after the tragic event, as a tradition she had to live with in-laws. She feels fortunate to have in-laws that are caring and respectful. She has devoted her life to caring for her nephews and nieces, and they now take care of her as she is getting older.

She can read and write because she self-studied and attended adult literacy classes in the evening, but she never had the opportunity to go to school. She knows education is the key to social change – like child marriages and eliminating extreme poverty. 

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