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Issue 5 - Dec 2012


NCEP Scholars (from left to right): Sapana (top middle) and Bipana (right) with their brother and mother; NCEP co-founders Luke and Sandeep; Sudeep with his mom and NCEP Nepal board member Roshan; new scholars; an empty school yard; new field volunteers


Light the Lamp!

Light the Lamp Event Poster

Tickets are now on sale for Light the Lamp, Brighten a Future! Our upcoming Toronto-based fundraiser will be a lively mix of sports and socializing for a good cause. Thanks to our generous event sponsors, every dollar you contribute - including your ticket price, and proceeds from the licensed bar, raffle and silent auction - will go directly towards our scholarship fund. If you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss it. Prices go up at the door, so register now!

What: Sports, music, licensed bar, finger foods, raffle, silent auction

When: January 26, 2013, 8pm – 1am

Where: Just 4 Fun Sporting Club 213 Sterling Rd (Bloor & Lansdowne)

Register: $25 (entry + sports), $15 (entry only); includes free drink ticket

Click here for full details. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Sara.

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24 students 24 stories

All thanks to you

AGE 13

Rupa (right) with her Teachers

Two years ago, Rupa's teacher told us that "With the right opportunity, Rupa could be the next prime minister of Nepal". When this remarkable little girl lost her mother at a young age, and her father was unable to support her, she was sent from her home village to stay with a distant uncle in Kathmandu. But it was an untenable arrangement. She was made to work before and after school as a cleaner at a small restaurant, and then come home to all the household chores. While her uncle lavished attention on his two daughters, Rupa's clothes were in tatters. It was a real-life Cinderella story.

Rupa told us that working hard in school is her way of honouring her mother, Tulsi, who instilled in her the importance of a good education before she died. But trapped in an unsupportive home, her attendance was irregular and she was falling dangerously behind.

Today, through NCEP's intervention, Rupa is blossoming. She lives at Orchid Garden, a safe and supportive centre for children on the brink, and attends a local school. Not only is she excelling in school, she has many friends and is a talented artist and dancer.

Edmonton Chapter

Alex Thomas-Haug

Lorna Thomas is a long-serving member of the NCEP Edmonton Chapter, and a pivotal character in Rupa's story. While in Nepal last spring - her fourth visit to the country - Lorna and NCEP Co-Founder Raju Tuladhar recognized that Rupa's precarious situation required a long-term solution, and they set about helping her find one. Lorna had previously met Bina Basnet, who runs a small hostel for girls as well as the Orchid Garden daycare and school. Bina, Lorna and Raju worked together to ensure Rupa would have a happy and healthy place to live and go to school for years to come. Having faced so much hardship in her young life, Rupa now has the chance to be a kid again.

In May 2012, Lorna and her family were devastated by the loss of their 24 year old son and brother, Alex Thomas-Haug. In his memory, the family established a scholarship in his name.

Lorna and her family have been greatly touched by the outpouring of support for the ATH Scholarship. We are all most grateful for all of your contributions, and will keep you informed of how you have helped make a difference to children, like Rupa, in dire need.

Click here to learn about all 24 NCEP scholars



Educating Nepal

Sijan Thapa, an NCEP volunteer and young leader in Nepal, recently coordinated a short film competition called "Educating Nepal" as part of the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF). The competition challenged filmmakers and activists to submit a 5-minute video exploring what education in Nepal means to them. The top ten films - currently being judged - will be screened at KIMFF and will air on TV. Good luck to Sijan and everyone who entered!


NCEP recently received very generous community grants from IBM ($3000, thanks to the hard work of NCEP volunteer Richard D Chang) and RBC ($500). We would like to express our sincere gratitude to both organizations for their support!

Co-Founders Luke and Sandeep were recently interviewed for a feature about NCEP in FutuRéale, Canada's Arts, Culture and Education Magazine. You can read it in full here; simply click on 'Expand' and flip to the top story on page 5.




Bonnie Sharplin, who visits Nepal almost every spring, has been jotting down stories from her visits that offer a fascinating insight into daily life in Kathmandu. We are adapting these into a brand new blog feature here. Please take a look at the initial posts!

NCEP Edmonton Chapter Member Susan Draper recently organized a 'Coffee & Cards' party, where she raised over $400 by selling her handmade photocards (shown at left) and sharing stories from NCEP with her yoga class. Many thanks to Susan and all the contributors for your generosity!

Send us an email if you would like to get involved with NCEP as a volunteer!


A cornerstone of NCEP’s philosophy is regular interaction between our scholars and our Field Volunteers; the volunteers are trained to act as positive role models and mentors, and ensure that we are able to identify and respond to challenges swiftly.

Ram Ojha is one of two NCEP scholars who lives outside of Kathmandu, and this regular contact is not possible. NCEP supports Ram in partnership with another organization to help us understand the unique challenges of education in rural Nepal. We hope you enjoy this short video about Ram’s family and our adventure to the rural district of Dhading to visit them. Many thanks to Shetu Modi for producing this video, and to Juhee Suwal for providing subtitles.

Ojha's family


NCEP is now a registered charity! All donations made in 2012 are eligible for a tax receipt. With the end of the year fast approaching, now is a great time to make your annual donation. We’ll send out your charitable receipt in early January, well in time for tax season.

Happy Holidays from everyone at NCEP!

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