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Educate Apana

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While I was on set with my brother in June 2015 filming a short documentary feature on life in Nepal after the earthquake, we stumbled upon a woman on the side of a highway in Sindhupalchowk. As she shared her story of loss, I heard voices of villagers mourning in the distance. Following these voices, I came across the village of Jhakrigaun, Bhotechaur; it was completely demolished, not one home left standing. There, I met Apana Tamang. A soul full of resilience, positivity, hope and inspiration. She was only four then. 


As some of you may know, since that first visit, I have made it my mission to raise awareness, provide social support and uplift Apana's family and her village every year when I visit Nepal. That, for some reason to me was not enough. 


This past month, I worked at Little Sister's Fund/Education for Empowerment (LSF/E4E) in Kathmandu. The organization has the mission of empowering girls through providing them with their right to education, an objective I endorse wholeheartedly.  Girls in Nepal are often denied this right, married off young to relieve the financial burden of raising a child, or they are given away blindly for work. Most of these girls end up becoming victims of trafficking. Since the earthquake, the incidence of trafficking in Nepal has gone up by 40%. Families like the ones in Bhotechaur are vulnerable, and girls like Apana face the risk of losing their childhood to early marriage, trafficking, or child labor. 


In response to this, I will be sponsoring Apana as my little sister, by funding her education for the next 10 years through LSF/E4E, so she can be a leader in her community and spread knowledge about the importance of educating women. I kindly ask you for support to get a kickstart, whether that be in the form of a conversation, a share of this post, or a small donation. 


Thank you all for your immense encouragement these past few years and helping me find the path towards leaving an impact on Apana's community. 



***Lastly, as an update, this year when I visited Bhotechaur, for the first time I saw homes being rebuilt. The woman we met on the highway who had lost all her livestock and her husband rebuilt her two-story home. Although this did not happen soon enough, let us hope for continuing progress.
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The short film made by my brother, showcasing what Bhotechaur was like after the earthquake. Not much has changed since then, but we can change that.
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