School’s In For Summer

School’s In For Summer For two years Shivani Sharma, 8, (in purple, raising her hand) has attended a Nepalese School started by Lions. The school is a place for her to connect to her roots and meet others with the same cultural background. Here she’s learning how to combine the letters of the Nepalese alphabet […]

Finding Home

HOW A NEPALESE DIASPORA COMMUNITY IN CALIFORNIA FOUND THEIR ROOTS AGAIN IN LIONS. It was under a banyan tree that it all began. In the town where Rajen Thapa grew up in Eastern Nepal there was no football field, no tennis court, no swimming pool – just the banyan tree. In the evening, after they […]

Pride in the Valley

A black sheep leads the quest to make sure everyone is all right. Joyce Bergshoeff is a fast talker. Open and warm, the 48-year-old nurse and mother of three gushes the way proud mothers often do when describing their children. Growing up, her eldest child was “brilliant, very outgoing, a concert cellist.” It is the […]