After my senior year of high school, as my friends were heading off to college, my parents dropped me off at Newark Airport where I boarded a plane and set off to travel the world. It was just me and my backpack on my first solo trip away from home. Four countries and 20,000 miles later, I was trekking through the Himalayas in war-torn Nepal, where I began to meet hundreds of orphan children. I fell in love with their bright eyes and beautiful smiles, but was shocked to see them barely surviving without the most basic things that I had grown up with as a child.
As I shared my dream to build a safe home for these children, with my hometown in Mendham, NJ, I was astounded by the outpouring of support. In January of 2008 I officially opened the front door of Kopila Valley Children's Home, built brick-by-brick, by me and the local community in Nepal. There are now twenty children living in our home. We have been able to enroll sixty children into school, facilitate life-changing operations for children in need, and create a village outreach program to improve schools in remote areas. I truly believe that if every child in the world is provided with their most basic needs and rights—a safe home, medical care, an education, and love, they will grow to be leaders and end cycles of poverty and violence in our
I have grown and learned more in the past two years than I could have ever imagined and created The BlinkNow Foundation (blinknow.org) to share my ideas with other young people, especially children in the U.S. I believe that in the blink of an eye, we can all make a difference. As young people in this world we are truly limitless!
There is so much to do. Please join me—lets “do something,” together!
Love from Nepal,