Every city has its own wonders and pitfalls. So does Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city. Returning to my hometown after a long stretch in the West was challenging in many ways. But over the past five months, I found ways to reconnect with Kathmandu.
There are pluses and minuses to getting older. One of the big minuses is that we tend to compare everything to something that happened in the past and completely miss the "Oh wow!" moments.
The Kolor Kathmandu murals inject much-needed splashes of color into the Nepali consciousness: They compel you to reimagine your national identity and redesign your idea of hope and possibility.
Today, I'd like to share just how far Rai and his foundation have traveled in just under four months, all by taking a single question and turning it into a transformative action that will impact the lives of individuals and communities for years to come.
Today, the International Day of the Disappeared focuses attention on victims of enforced disappearance, including the mothers, wives, sisters, family members and communities who are left behind to pick up the pieces after a disappearance.
These things aren't obvious and generally ran against my initial assumptions. If you're planning a similar trip abroad, these might save you some trouble. If you're not, they might (hopefully) whet the palate.
At just 17 years of age, the young Nepali climber became the first United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school meals recipient to reach the summit of the highest peak on Earth: Mount Everest in Nepal's soaring Himalayas.
As I write this, I am winding my way over a jagged misty mountain road through Nepal. I have traveled here with the World of Children Award to visit two of our past honorees and see, up close and in person, the remarkable work they do.
One morning at the age of 18, fresh out of high school, Maggie Doyne awoke with the feeling that she was not yet ready to move into her freshman dorm. Four countries in and thousands of miles later, Maggie found herself in the midst of a remote, war-torn village in Nepal.
Why is it that these dissatisfied religious zealots, insisting everyone toe their line or be killed, lay claim to some of the most iconic places on this planet?
It is necessary to feel this intensity of gratitude for writing -- especially in a war-trodden and poverty-ridden country like Nepal. A pang of strange guilt and remorse grips my heart as I think of those thousands of innocent girls who are denied basic human rights.
The situation for many young girls living in the Himalayan border region of Upper Dolpo, Nepal, is grim. They get no formal education, and those born ...
Behind the statistics, girls worldwide are using digital media to speak their minds and bare their souls. The force of their voices are staggering -- the reality of their untapped potential for global leadership impossible to ignore.
There were thunderstorms. There was a strike. And there was the hackathon to end violence against women -- all happening on the same day in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Throughout my career as an ophthalmologist, I have witnessed such amazing experiences when a patient is given the power of sight. The process of removing the bandages after surgery is quite miraculous.
For the thousands of conflict-affected widows -- such as Sita and Radha -- and their families, amnesty is not an option. The Supreme Court must end the culture of impunity that has so far defined Nepal's post-conflict transition.