Bo M. Karlsson Foundation

Empowering underprivileged women in Nepal through higher education to become self-reliant, confident, and productive.

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Address: P O Box 93
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Phone Number: 206-354-3119
EIN: 26-1084802
We are focused on raising $3,000 for Shanta Bhat. who is earning a degree in business. Shanta's path to pursuing her dream of an education has been fraught with obstacles.
She was born to a family of subsistence farmers in western Nepal. As a child, she contracted polio, which left her disabled. As the youngest child of four, and the third daughter of the family, she held no status, or promise, in the eyes of her father or her society. Her parents brought her to a hospital in Kathmandu, but could not afford treatment. They inquired about organizations that offer assistance, which led to Shanta becoming a resident in a large home for children with disabilities by the age of 12. She says living with other disabled students made her feel stronger and more hopeful about her future. Her goal now is to complete her business degree and become a bank manager. That way, she says, she can support and empower other people with disabilities. "Then my family and society can learn that a disabled person can do something," Shanta says. "And other disabled women can take (a) lesson that we can pursue an education."
Thanks to the generosity of the Bo M Karlsson Board, the first $500 raised during GiveBig will be matched!