Suicidal Aussie Woman Builds School for Destitute Nepalese Children
Kathryn Lowe, a 57-year-old Australian woman, had a tough year because of health problems and a nasty divorce. To deal with the stress and pain, she planned to venture with her sister on a trekking trip in the Nepalese Mountains.
Unknown to her family and friends, Lowe knew for certain that she had no plans of returning to Australia after the trip.
“Before I left, I wrote out my will,” Lowe told the Good News Network. “I didn’t expect to come back. I was either going to find an existence over there or quietly fall off the side of a mountain.”
Fortunately for Lowe, she was able to rediscover her purpose in life by living in Nepal. As a result of the adventure, she was no longer suicidal and befriended a local family whose life purpose is to improve the life of the poor kids in the community. The family’s goal is to create opportunities for the kids and provide them with an education.
“What became the major catalyst for me deciding to become involved with education in Lukla was the tragic story of a young child who was denied formal education because his parents couldn’t afford the $15 a month asked for by the school,” Lowe shared.
She started teaching classes and helping the family to seek out children in urgent need of assistance.
Lowe soon found out, however, that the children needed more than just financial assistance; they needed an institution where they could all come learn. This was when she decided to take further action. With her savings and the financial backing of friends and family back home, Lowe was able to build a schoolhouse in the Nepalese mountain.
Lowe shared that she is not really concerned about the children getting a university education to become professionals later in life. What’s important to her is that the students receive a basic education as a foundation for their confidence in life.
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