On my first trip to Nepal, I met a 7-year-old Nepalese boy named Aman. We didn’t speak the same language, but we laughed together and bonded over playing soccer and listening to our favorite music (especially songs by Ed Sheeran). He was a big inspiration for me when I started the project, and he still remains so today. He continues to remind me that two people from completely different backgrounds can share so much joy and impact each other’s lives in such profound ways.
Having traveled to Nepal 6 times now, I can’t express how much I admire the strength of Nepalese communities and the dedication of the social workers who work with me through this project. I have also connected with some of the kindest people who I am grateful to call my friends. The Nepalese people who I have met the last 3 years inspire me to keep working on this project every day and to use the resources here at home to make the biggest impact that I can.