Dear friends and family,
As you may or may not know I recently spent a few months in Nepal volunteering with Saprinu. Most of my time was spent in the village of Archale where I got to know all the amazing people that live there. Many of them took me in as part of their own family and offered to feed me, house me, teach me things, and just make sure I was always smiling or laughing. Sudan, his wife Susmita, and their sons Avi, 8 years old, and Anamol, 6 years old were one of my families away from home.

Sudan was Brooke Laura’s trekking guide when she went to Nepal 3 years ago and the two of them teamed up to start a school in Archale. He gave up his house to be used as classrooms and took on the role as principle. During those 3 years he and his family sacrificed so much in order to help better the lives of others in their village. About a year and a half ago his son Avi became unable to walk due to a tumor that was compressing his thoracic spine. There were no doctors in Nepal that were capable of treating cases like Avi’s. So, with donations from friends and family they flew to India for treatment. In January 2012 his tumor was finally removed and then about 2 months ago he regained movement in his toes, then legs, and within weeks was walking again on his own. I was privileged to have witnessed this miraculous feat. I remember the day Susmita came running out of the house calling for us to come see what Avi had just showed her. There was so much hope and joy for Avi on people’s faces as news spread throughout the village. Below  is a picture of Avi showing me how he can walk with some help from his mother. Things were looking like Avi would be able to live the normal life of an 8 year old again.

Unfortunately, Avi’s tumor has since began to grow back and once again they are in India for radiation therapy in order to stop it from growing. Just like they took care of me it is now my turn to take care of them. Although their spirits and support are high their finances are low. We have created an Emergency Life Saving Fund for Avi where you can donate online. http://www.crowdrise.com/lifesavingmedicaleme/fundraiser/laureletter

So please, if you have a dollar or $300 to spare lets put it together and help this family out. Feel free to help me spread the word. Life is priceless. Namaste.
Peace and Love
Laurel