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The Badi Book Worm

By Angel Corrigan 3 Novermber, 2014   When Asmita enters the modest library at Christian Community School (CCS), she wonders, “What is there to read about today?” Maybe I’ll find out more about France, China or the USA. Maybe I will look at a book that tells me about what life was like for our ancestors or one that focuses on the possibilities of the future.” It is through the pages of books she can control where she goes and whom she meets. Just a short time ago this was not the case.   Eleven-year-old Asmita is a member of the Badi tribe. Currently, she is enrolled at CCS in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before coming to CCS, she lived in her village where schooling was too expensive for her family and as a result her future would most certainly be based …


Is Giving Worth It

By Richard Hartung 3 November, 2014   Is giving worth it? It’s a question you probably ask yourself many times, such as when the school asks for a donation or a non-profit asks you to organize an event. When there’s so much else to do, from finishing projects at work to taking care of the family and even just shopping for groceries, it might seem like it’s not worth it to give up more of your time, talent or treasure to yet another cause.             The academic answer to the question, though, is easy. Plenty of studies show that volunteering increases happiness, improves health and even makes people feel they have more time. Yet even though the academic studies may sound good, it’s perhaps more important to ask people who actually give for their views.   To find out whether …


DaySpring Residential Treatment Center

By AAS 3 November, 2014   Vision: “To see every girl and woman, especially those at risk, live a life of purpose and hope, make peace with her past, and find purpose in her present and renewed hope for the future.” I was invited to the annual DaySpring recent fundraising dinner and was truly inspired by the evening. To know their heart wrenching experiences and see their heroic recovery was the highlight of the evening’s celebration. I was able to witness the success of their program’s first graduates. These are inspiring young woman who now want to “pay it forward” and help others who were in their situation through an internship at DaySpring – a place they called home. There are many different types of charity, but supporting this one perpetuates goodness. –Christina Ong (Director, Periplus Publishing Pte Ltd)   …