Olga Murray & The Nepal Youth Foundation
Posted on September 8th, 2016, by iMinerva
So what do you do when, in your early 60s you decide to retire after serving 37 years as an attorney at the California Supreme Court? If you’re Olga Murray, you embark on a mission to help the children of Nepal who suffer from extreme poverty and cultural handicaps. Almost 30 years later, more than 45,000 children have been impacted by Olga’s Nepal Youth Foundation, through scholarships, orphanages, pediatric hospitals in each of Nepals 14 zones, and laws prohibiting servitude of young girls are in place. Among her many awards, both the Dalai Lama and King of Nepal have recognized her amazing contributions.
A broken ankle suffered while trekking in Nepal led to Ms. Murray’s “Aha” moment. While being treated in a small community hospital in Katmandu, she met beautiful and bright children suffering from malnutrition, blindness, and a host of disabilities. Many were orphans and street children. When she returned home to California, she began raising funds to provide scholarships for street and disabled boys and young boys living in jails with their fathers as they had nowhere else to go. Society abandoned such youngsters believing their suffering reflected the Karma which they must work through.
In 1990, Ms. Murray established the not-for-profit Nepal Youth Opportunity Foundation – now the NYF, Nepal Youth Foundation, and devoted herself to improving the lives of the children she loved.
“I had no idea it would come to this,” marvels Olga. “It was just seeing all the need and knowing I could do something. It has been a wonderful journey. These are all my kids.”
The secret to a fulfilling life? Olga claims these are “the best years of my life. I found a wonderful way to fill my life and am very grateful.” “Real satisfaction in life comes from help others or society. You get much more than you give, that’s a well-kept secret. And there are so many different things to do — you don’t have to go across the grove for this. You can work as a museum docent or help at an animal shelter, or serve as an advocate for children.” She emphasizes that retirement gives you the time to develop and pursue your interests and passions.
In 2015, Olga Murray celebrated her 90th birthday and the 25th anniversary of NYF with the launch of her book, Olga’s Promise. The week we spoke, she was heading to New York to speak at a Nepal earthquake relief fundraising event.
For more information or to make a donation, go to Nepal Youth Foundation’s website and find them on Facebook. Olga’s Promise: One Woman’s Commitment to the Children of Nepal is available on Amazon.com.
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