Emily met Nicole and Rajesh in Nepal in 2009. The three of them created a bond that has grown over the years. In the summer of 2021 Emily graciously accepted the role of Director.
Emily has been a devoted board member of SNP for the past 11 years and has supported our programs, along with other service projects. She is excited to take on the director role with Sapana Nepal Projects and looks forward to helping our team reach our goals in 2022 and beyond!
When Rajesh was just five years old, he lost his parents in a tragic landslide. With no one to care for him, he became an orphan. A family took him in, but as a slave boy he was forced to sleep outside with the buffalo and not allowed to go to school like other children. Rajesh dedicates his life to his family and to Sapana Nepal Projects. His focus as Director is to oversee operations, plan and organize all projects, and work harmoniously with neighbors, politicians, villagers and parents. Rajesh is a born leader and social butterfly that maintains strong relationships with the villagers and always lends a helping hand to those in need. Rajesh is an incredibly empathetic and reliable leader and we feel so fortunate to have him as our dedicated leader. Rajesh and Nicole have worked tirelessly to ensure Sapana Nepal Projects runs smoothly and collaborate and review regularly to promote the growth and continued success of the organization.
Nicole was inspired by a strong desire to heal her own trauma by helping others and a fascination of Eastern culture especially Buddhism. In 2006, she traveled to India and Nepal to work as a volunteer, her experiences in Nepal changed everything. Nicole met Rajesh upon arrival in Nepal and they decided to join forces in efforts to create Sapana Nepal Projects. She currently serves Thubten Kunga Ling (Buddhist Center in Deerfield Beach) as the Director, is focusing on creating a more sustainable future for SNP meanwhile earns a living working for a private family in Palm Beach, FL. In 2021 Nicole realized she needed help with the operation of SNP if the organization was going to continue. "There was only one person we could envision this role for" and that is when we invited Emily to take on the role of Director.
Laxmi was invited in 2008 to join the Sapana Nepal ECD Center at it's earliest stages in 2008. As Head teacher, she is knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and treats each child as her own. There have been many chances to engage in teacher training opportunities, field trips, and activities which Laxmi has enthusiastically enjoyed. Many call her Guru Amaa (respected mother and teacher) and her tremendous impact, growth, and efforts has significantly helped shape Sapana Nepal Projects ECD program. She is also a mother to beautiful Salina, the light of her life. Laxmi's position at our center allows her to live a more fulfilling and empowering life and we are honored to have had her on our team since day one.
This wonderful young woman joined our ECD center many years ago, but had to leave shortly after due to her pregnancy. Luckily the position opened up again and she agreed to come back. Babinna graduated top of her class and offers children a more “hands on” learning experience. She loves to be creative and join in with children when having fun. Babinna lives a few villages away and travels over three hours everyday by foot up and over the hillside and back to get to work at our school six days a week. We are very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to have such a special teacher dedicate so much of her time and energy to our center and children.
In 2006, Rajesh and Nicole met in Pokhara, Nepal. They felt an immediate friendship and hiked the Annapurna Circuit, learning more about one another and in the process discussing their shared dream of improving the lives of Nepalese children and villagers.Rajesh's difficult upbringing as an orphan inspired discussions around the importance of education, and supporting the development of young children. During their spiritual journey across the Himalayas they decided that together they would build an Early Childhood Development Center in the hopes of enhancing the opportunities for education to all children and village members from all castes and backgrounds. After much planning their dream, "Sapana" came true. After Nicole's visit in 2006, she decided to invest her time into helping those less fortunate and to experience a life so different from the one she had lived. In 2009, she returned for a year to develop the details and plans for the organization, hire staff members, and assist in getting the Early Childhood Center(ECD) started. Nicole has a background in ECD, a deep respect and love for youngsters, their curiosity and kindness and she was fascinated by the women and children and beautiful culture of village life in Nepal. Sapana Nepal Projects is located in the small village of Pumdi, just outside the city of Pokhara, in the central hills of Nepal.Pumdi is a village that consists of over 50 households and is made up of multiple castes.
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