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JANUARY 2015

Namaste and Happy New Year!

Thank you to our wonderful donors for making our end of year fundraiser a success! With your support we were able to raise almost $9,000!

Every dollar makes a difference for Bo M. Karlsson Foundation scholars in Nepal--and each young woman is passionately determined to pay it forward. They are truly motivated to make a difference in their country and communities. We encourage you to sign up for the BMKF newsletter to read about their goals and achievements.

Speaking of achievements, we want to extend a very special thank you to donor Marisa Schoen, whose generosity and ingenuity makes her a role model for us all. I invite you to read about Marisa's creative campaign to raise enough money to sponsor Rebika Bandhari, a bright young women who has faced multiple challenges to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

Warm wishes for a prosperous & healthy 2015,
Sonnia J. Karlsson
Founder / Executive Director

Contact us at:
6523 California Ave SW #304
Seattle WA 98136
USA
206.459.9064
info@bomkarlsson.org





Computer Literacy for BMKF's Rural Students

Last spring, BMKF was invited to submit a project proposal to Jolkona, a Seattle-based crowd funding organization that helps nonprofits. We were thrilled to receive a grant to support computer literacy for our rural scholarship recipients, who previously had little or no access to computers.

Jaya Ramesh, one of the BMKF board directors, wrote lesson plans and in October a recent high school graduate, Joanna Kim from Chicago, traveled to Kathmandu to volunteer two months of her gap year to tutor BMKF scholars.

BMKF coordinator Sabita Ghisingh worked with our friends from Nepal Mandala Travels to organize weeklong lessons for small groups, including our scholarship recipients from Hetauda, Pyuthan, Kathmandu, and the Terai.

"The students were so happy and grateful to gain some computer skills, especially how to use the Internet (including Gmail, Facebook, and Google Hangout as well as search and drive tools). They also learned how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint--and they loved practicing English conversation with Joanna. It was a special experience for everyone," Sabita reported.


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