Renu Shah Bagaria is the founder of Koseli, a center for children in Kathmandu, Nepal, who, due to their economic circumstances and the country's recent civil war, live in the city's streets and slums. Koseli, which means "gift", provides education, food and tender loving care for over 65 young students, and, in the evenings, hosts an adult education program for local women.
After years of working in corporate Nepal, Renu decided to pursue a dream that had long been in her heart. In 2009 with a handful of street children and her modest savings, Renu left her job and founded Koseli, a day school designed to provide a loving education for children who live in the slums of Kathmandu, Nepal. Now, two years later, Koseli meets in a rented building on the outskirts of the slums and is 65 students strong. Children bathe and dress into uniforms each morning before class, and a kind circle of local women pool their extra rupees each month so the children will have two healthy meals a day from the school kitchen. With another school's worth of children on the waiting list, an engaged group of young Nepalese teachers and more joy than her heart can hold, these days Renu wonders what kind of hope one hundred Koseli's could bring to the country she loves. "My intention," she'll tell you, "is very simple. I want them to give these children the power to dream."
Renu's currently moving from the rented space where she started the Koseli experiment to what she hopes will be a more permanent home. We're hoping to raise $10,000 to get her started at her new location - and even more to put toward her intended efforts to build a second location.Click here to invest your love in Renu Shah Bagaria