On behalf of the staff, Board of Trustees, and the tens of thousands of villagers whose lives you have helped improve thank you for being a part of the CHOICE Humanitarian family. Together, we reached new heights in 2016, and we owe this success to you for two reasons. First, you believe that extreme poverty can and should end in our lifetime. And second, you trust that CHOICE Humanitarian is the organization best suited to achieve this goal. Quite simply, you are the reason CHOICE continues to flourish and, on behalf of the entire CHOICE team, we can't thank you enough. Impact highlights.
I have a good idea of what it might feel like to be royalty. Upon arrival in the village of Chiti in the remote western stretches of Nepal where we would be living and serving for the next week, we received a king's welcome. From the moment we stepped off the mountain bus we were welcomed by dozens of eager, smiling villagers ready to greet us with vibrant flower leis, smearing our foreheads with bright red tikkas accompanied by loud, celebratory music. Before we knew it we were carried down into the village centre in a sea of jubilance, quite literally on parade. We were then given seats as honoured guests at the head of the village square as if at a special assembly. It was an amazing spectacle, and a moment we’ll not soon forget.Read more
When you hear someone say, "I went to Mexico." What comes to mind? Cruise ships. A picturesque vista. Palm trees. Fruity beverages. Oh, and tropical weather. Yes, all the vacation-y things. You typically don't imagine your days south of the border to be serenaded by birds and your freezing cold nights set to the soundtrack of about 1 million dogs.
In this particular case, they were.
Personal determination is a characteristic highly sought after by CHOICE Humanitarian in its recipients. Susmita Gurung, a CHOICE recipient from Nepal that displayed a high level of personal determination has a story worthy of sharing. Susmita, a 17-year-old girl from the village of Bangre, has a goal to help others by becoming an English teacher. She has faced many hard situations almost from birth but is still determined to attain her goal.Read more
On the evening of Friday, September 23, several VCBO team members were invited to attend CHOICE Humanitarian’s Fundraising Gala. The night included a silent auction, dinner, and a live auction. It was a wonderful night full of inspiring stories, excellent music, great food and of course, wonderful company.Read more
What is the price of confidence? To one Nepalese entrepreneur, confidence was four piglets and the dedication to reach beyond the life he once lived. The family of Chandra Bahadur was identified by CHOICE Humanitarian as one living in extreme poverty in the village of Bhorletar, Nepal. Although Chandra was a hardworking craftsman and family man, he and his family still struggled to meet even their most basic needs.Read more
CHOICE Completed the First Post-Earthquake
School Compliant with New Government Regulations in the Entire Country of Nepal
Many national stories have focused on the India oil embargo and slow response times from the Nepali government and how those have adversely affected the rebuilding of Nepal in the year since the worst earthquake in their history.Read more
Sheru 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.Read more
CHOICE 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.
Manisha 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.Read more