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In memory of Mikhail Gorbachev

When I learned of Mikhail Gorbachev’s death today, the news took me back to 2006, when I was able to meet him in person. Mikhail Gorbachev presented me with the “Women’s World Award of Hope” in New York. That was a very special moment in my life to meet this man who made history and was a Nobel Peace Prize winner. His charisma and presence are vivid in my memory. My condolences go out to his loved ones. I have lit a candle in memory of him. Namaste, Stella

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Learning by playing

School uniforms, warm clothes and school supplies mean a lot to needy children, but not everything. This is one reason why we at Back to Life also expand and build schools, construct sanitary facilities, equip classrooms, set up libraries and train teachers. Because one thing is certain: education is important! But emotional education also plays a big role. Our commitment to this: playgrounds. First! Rupkala, a first grader, is ready for school in the morning before breakfast is prepared. But only since the playground was built at the school. “I love bobbing, sliding and swinging,...

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A school time full of experiments

Back to Life sets up a student lab Thakaltar School in Chitwan offers education from kindergarten to grade 10 and soon up to high school graduation. This is a rarity in a rural, poor area like this and therefore needs special support. Back to Life is a long-time partner of Thakaltar School. We have been working there since 2015, working with the community to transform a poorly equipped village school destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes into one of the best rural schools in the district. In March, it was time to move on to the next chapter for the school. Back to Life has established a student...

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There are two winters in Nepal

Hemanta & Shishir Nepal has 6 seasons to offer Once you have been to Nepal, you will probably never forget the country. It’s wonderful. The nature is incomparable from the lowlands in the south, the Terai, which is only 70 meters above sea level, to the highlands in the north, which include Mount Everest as the highest point in the world. The altitude rises slowly, making Nepal an extremely geographically diverse country. The diversity is also reflected in the six seasons:– Winter: Shishir– Spring: Basanta– dry summer: Grishma– Late summer with monsoon...

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In focus: the earthquakes in 2015

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit by a severe earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 – the epicenter was only 80 km from the capital Kathmandu. Devastating tremors raged for 90 seconds. People ran outside in panic. Houses, roofs, stairs and walls collapsed. Power cables, masts, water tanks and advertising signs became lethal projectiles. There were landslides in many places. Countless schools, historic buildings and temples as well as roads, bridges and other infrastructure were destroyed. The force of the plate shift was so strong that Kathmandu was shifted three meters to the south. It...

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