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Those who know me probably realized by now that I am all about challenges. I am lucky enough to be able to choose my own challenges. Riding my bike 300km from Berlin to Rügen in a single day? No problem. Finish an Ironman? Of course! Conquer Europe's most daring hiking trail in Corsica? Done that. I listen to people in my inner circle who understand that it is not just about higher faster further, but instead, it's about experiences and insights. (Thank you Johannes and Tobias.) And they tell me about journeys and adventures, that changed their lives. They tell me about the roof of the world, the Himalayas. In 2015 many roofs collapsed in Nepal. The people were (and are still) confronted with challenges I can hardly imagine even though I experienced the 1999 earthquake in Athens / Greece myself. And they certainly did not pick those challenges. Teach for Nepal is helping almost 6000 students at 32 schools with the help of 86 fellows to get a better education. T...

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My name is Michaela and I will be 35 years this November 1. And I will be on top of the world that day - literally. I am lucky to join a trek to Mt. Everest basecamp for my birthday. This trek is organized by Teach for Nepal, one of 49 partners of the global Teach for All Network - and a sister organization to Teach First Deutschland, the German NGO I have been supporting and working for for the past decade. Teach for Nepal is organizing this trek to Mt. Everest basecamp to raise funds for their program, for ongoing relief after the 2015 earthquake, and to support the communities they live and work in. Please join me in supporting their work.   I AM LOOKING FOR 35 FRIENDS TO DONATE 35 BUCKS (Euros, Dollars, you name it). MY GOAL IS TO RAISE AT LEAST 1,225 BUCKS.   Really, this is a no-brainer. If you are looking to support great work, please donate. If you were thinking about giving me a gift or taking me out for a drink for my birthday, please con...

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Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability. Yet, even though there has been great progress in the last decade, some 121 million children are still out of primary and lower secondary school, and 250 million children cannot read or write. Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education had become one of my goals in life. I take each and every action with a full realization that my work now means that children in under-privileged context can be able to fulfill their potential. You can change the reality of many children in Nepal by donating. Your money will pay for quality education for children that live in the most marginalized communities in Nepal.

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I still remember my first day entering the classroom as a Teach For Nepal Fellow, to break the ice, I asked my Grade 9 students their aspiration. One of my students quickly responded “Conductor” (Local Bus Assistant) - I was stunned.   Growing up in the capital of Nepal and attending some of the best private schools, we grew up having the aspirations of being doctors, engineers and policymakers. Never did I ever think that anyone would aspire to be a conductor. I came to realize that about 50% of male students wanted to become either a conductor or a driver and female students imagined getting married and didn’t care about completing their school. The school where I taught only 32% of students achieved the passing result in their SLC (School Leaving Certificate) examination. And I was tasked with the challenge of changing that number. It was the most challenging two-years of my life. A few months ago- one of my student from Grade 9 came to vi...

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I entered the class with a big smile as always. It was the twentieth day of my Fellowship. “What are we going to learn today, miss?" Students asked with curious eyes. “We will learn about uses of grammar today,” I replied. Students were full of energy and enthusiasm even if it was the last class (Extra class) of the day. As I was about to start the lesson, the empty bench of the first row grabbed my attention. I asked the student where did the rest of the students go. One of them replied, "They left early!" I was curious to know where they went, why they went. My mind was racing with thoughts even though some of the students went missing, I tried to continue with the class but I couldn’t. I had to find them. I gave classwork to the students and rushed to my co-Fellow to look for a suggestion on the issue. The search began. My co-Fellow came back with the information that the students were sitting in the yard behind the school. He said he could hear the fear and embarrassm...

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Born in a rural village in Far Western Development Region I was lucky to get a good education as my grandfather invested his savings to educate me at a private boarding school, while rest of my siblings were enrolled in public school. It clearly depicted the educational inequality in my own family. I managed to get a good education from Pokhara University even though I faced lots of financial hardship and struggle. I was honoured with “Nepal Bidhya Bhusan Class C” gold medal from honourable President, Mrs Bidhya Devi Bhandari for securing top position among Bachelor level of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. I got the opportunity to participate in JENESYS 2.0 a student exchange program in Tokyo, Japan. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I was in search of meaningful and impactful work and Teach for Nepal provided me with the opportunity. I was placed in Bhotenamlang Secondary School of Sindhupalchowk District, 45 km from Kathmandu. There, I no...

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After completing my Bachelors and few years of work experience, I returned back to Nepal in 2015 exactly a month after the Great Earthquake. Till then I had a very blurred vision about my upcoming days in my own country. Not so long after, I joined Teach for Nepal in order to carry on the light of education to the far-flung villages of Nepal. I served as a Teach for Nepal fellow at Shree Bhotang Devi Secondary School in Sindhupalchok between April, 2016 and April, 2018. I taught Science in those two years and had an experience of my lifetime.The connection that I had with students and the satisfaction that I had while sharing my knowledge were simply heartwarming. Growing up, living, and studying in the city, we have learned to raise our voices for social equity and against any injustices but we tend to neglect the ground reality when a mere legislation is passed by our congressmen. Last two years, I have witnessed the sufferings of our people and irregularities in the educational s...

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One day near the end of my fellowship, the girls, and boys in my class took my co-fellow and I on an adventure. Every step of the journey they guided us. I was asking myself: Why hadn't we done this more often? First, we walked for an hour and a half along the riverside road overlooking the jungle. 'Miss you need to take off your sandals and carry them now.' One said when the stream began. We entered into a small pathway alongside a stream into the jungle. We climbed up and down the path of that stream that eventually led us to an isolated waterfall. The waterfall gleamed white from the rays of the sun that peeped in from high above atop the cliffs. "Miss, hold my hand." "Miss, follow me and you can do it." "It is tough but we are going in deeper." "Sir, step on my hand and you will not slip." "Miss, let go, I will catch you!" I was amazed at their spirit of adventure. It was a great 'students teaching t...

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My father only studied until grade four in a community school which was two hours away from where he lived and my mother was raised in a foster home and never got the opportunity to go to school. My mother moved to Kathmandu with me and my sister and Rs. 10 in her pocket in search of a better life. My father took a job as a painter on a construction site while my mother used to work as a household worker and sold fruits and vegetables on the street. Though we started our education in a private school, we later changed school because my parents couldn’t afford to pay the tuition fees. With all the struggles and challenges they faced in their lives, they always made sure that we received a quality education so that it would lead us to better jobs and a better life in the future. While in college, leaving the country for employment never crossed my mind but to help my family financially and support my brother’s education I decided to go to Dubai for work. During my four ...

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