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Updates

Updates on our projects and work in Nepal

Pre-departure orientation program

Michelle Welsch

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Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.
— Michelle Obama
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Bobby is off to Canada....a civil engineer in the making! Sheetal is heading to Texas....an artist ready to take on the world!

They are getting on planes for the first time, and we did our best to prepare them for their journeys. 

We are so proud of these two leaders. 

Congratulations, Baristas!

Michelle Welsch

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Learning House's Barista Training Program is off to a great start! Classes combine theory and practice to give students knowledge of espresso drinks, the history of coffee, serving skills, and recipes for hot and cold beverages. We are so proud of the progress of our teachers and participants, and student reviews have been excellent.

Congrats, Sheetal!

Michelle Welsch

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Miss Sheetal is a local arts teacher and Learning House student who has actively participated in our leadership and education programs. She has recently been accepted to an American university and will be pursuing her bachelors degree in studio arts this fall. We couldn't be more proud of her efforts. Congrats, Sheetal Ji! 

Congrats to our new Coffee Baristas!

Michelle Welsch

Our first Coffee Baristas completed their training...

...and have started teaching other students! 

It's been fun watching our Baristas practice latte art and debate over the perfect espresso shot. And we love watching students gain confidence, too. We are so proud of their hard work!

To support the Barista Training program at Learning House, click here

Education Day

Michelle Welsch

On May 27, 2017, over 350 attendees participated in Pokhara's first Education Day. The Learning House did a fantastic job producing the event and with sponsorship from the U.S. Embassy and support from LevelNext, English language practice and advising sessions were offered to local students. Nepali band Lakshya performed midday, and attendees had the opportunity to speak with guests from Kathmandu, Canada, the United States and more. For event photos, click here.  

New training program at Learning House

Michelle Welsch

We at Learning House have been looking for more ways to support the students we serve.

The coffee scene is erupting in Nepal, and students are paying good money to participate in barista training. What if we could offer something similar, for less, for better? Our students are looking for part-time work and ways to save. What if we could prepare them with employable skills? What if they could start saving for college now?

Barisa training! Along with basic coffee and barista skills, we can teach business and entrepreneurship and hospitality. Students will gain confidence that will carry over to more than just a coffee shop. We found a local dealer who can provide a machine and all of its add-ons, service and warranty, and training for our staff. Our staff will then teach students for a fraction of the cost of other training programs. These classes and our small cafe will add to the income of Learning House and help keep student fees low.

We have launched a fundraiser to get this program started. Share, contribute, or send positive notes of encouragement. And with our 501c3 status, we qualify for matching donations from employers. Thanks for your support!

Thanks, FC Boulder!

Michelle Welsch

Thanks to FC Boulder for shipping donated soccer jerseys and clothes to the boys at Matepani! We think they look pretty sharp.