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I'm super-excited about next Wednesday's grand-opening of the Bellevue Rotary/City of Bellevue Inspiration Playground in the Bellevue Downtown Park. This is a truly inclusive, accessible playground that was built to encourage interaction between children and adults with and without disabilities via outdoor play! Thank you to all who have been involved in turning this vision into reality! ... See MoreSee Less

Im super-excited about next Wednesdays grand-opening of the Bellevue Rotary/City of Bellevue Inspiration Playground in the Bellevue Downtown Park.  This is a truly inclusive, accessible playground that was built to encourage interaction between children and adults with and without disabilities via outdoor play!  Thank you to all who have been involved in turning this vision into reality!

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It has been my great privilege to work with so many amazing, dedicated people on this project. I am proud of my city, proud of my Rotary Club (Rotary Club of Bellevue) and proud of my community as this inclusive playground opens next Wednesday, June 28th with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony! - Rob Rose
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The grand opening of Downtown Park’s Complete the Circle and Inspiration Playground is right around the corner! Join us for the grand opening next Wednesday, June 28 from 3-6 p.m. The Bellevue Rotary has partnered with us to help fund and build a unique, inclusive outdoor play environment. Watch this cool video to learn more: bit.ly/2rO7tZS

It has been my great privilege to work with so many amazing, dedicated people on this project.   I am proud of my city, proud of my Rotary Club (Rotary Club of Bellevue) and proud of my community as this inclusive playground opens next Wednesday, June 28th with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony! - Rob Rose

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Maple Valley Rotary Club Helps Dhankuta and Hile Schools for the Deaf/Hearing-Impaired!

Simple, but meaningful needs for these two small schools for the deaf/hearing-impaired were fulfilled thanks to the kind Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Maple Valley. You’ll see below what was purchased for only $1,600 USD!

Thanks to lead volunteer and Principal of the Purwanchal School for the Deaf, Ms. Renuka Budhathoki and several of her students who went along as volunteers, this project went of without a ‘hitch’.

As a ‘value-added’ proposition, members of the Rotaract Club of Dharan-Ghopa who are all medical students helped purchase the needed items, then traveled to the schools to give a hand-washing/toothbrushing hygiene presentation to the school’s students.

Here’s what was donated to the two schools:
Dhankuta school
1. 4 - Bunk beds
2. Carpet / Floor coverings
3. TV
4. 3 - Ceiling fans
5. 18 - Mosquito Nets
6. 8 - Mattresses
7. 10 - metal drinking glasses
8. Cooking pot

Hile school
1. TV
2. 1 - Laptop computer
3. 5 - Mattresses
4. 10 - Pillows
5. 10 Sets - Bed sheets

This was really a team effort…thank you to everyone involved!
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Maple Valley Rotary Club Helps Dhankuta and Hile Schools for the Deaf/Hearing-Impaired!

Simple, but meaningful needs for these two small schools for the deaf/hearing-impaired were fulfilled thanks to the kind Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Maple Valley.  You’ll see below what was purchased for only $1,600 USD!

Thanks to lead volunteer and Principal of the Purwanchal School for the Deaf, Ms. Renuka Budhathoki and several of her students who went along as volunteers, this project went of without a ‘hitch’.

As a ‘value-added’ proposition, members of the Rotaract Club of Dharan-Ghopa who are all medical students helped purchase the needed items, then traveled to the schools to give a hand-washing/toothbrushing hygiene presentation to the school’s students. 

Here’s what was donated to the two schools:
Dhankuta school 
1. 4 - Bunk beds
2. Carpet / Floor coverings
3. TV 
4. 3 - Ceiling fans
5. 18 - Mosquito Nets
6. 8 - Mattresses
7. 10 - metal drinking glasses
8. Cooking pot

Hile school 
1. TV
2. 1 - Laptop computer
3. 5 - Mattresses
4. 10 - Pillows
5. 10 Sets - Bed sheets

This was really a team effort…thank you to everyone involved!

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Rushma Dhakal👍👍👍👍👍

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Roshan Dhakalwow so all nice ..

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Prajwal SubediWe can't imagine our life without the help and support of trifc.org. The habitat and condition of deaf students in dharan and the rural area will be in very difficult and trouble if The supports and donations from trifc.org arenot with them.Even the studying environment would have been unsuitable and uneasy for people like us if it hadn't been your help and supports. thanks a million to trifc.org for the most valuable support and donations. We feel happy and fortunate to have Trifc.org as our supporters and sponsors 😊😊😊😊

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Prajwal SubediThanks a million to Renuka miss (# Purwanchal Deaf Scl Dharan) and volunteers for your valuable effort...we are feeling highly glad for your great efforts... 🙌🙌🙌🙌

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Nelsonhang RaiThanks lots of millions to all the members of trifc.org for the great supports and donations. The underprivileged and disadvantaged students will have golden chances to study with the donations and supports from trifc.org.The donations and supports will definitely make the underprivileged and disadvantaged students go ahead for their own goals. Our respects and love are always with all the members of trifc.org

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Nelsonhang RaiThanks to Renuka Miss(Purwanchal Deaf School Dharan and voluteeners for your valuable efforts and dedication to underprivileged and poor students..we are always proud of your great efforts and hard work

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Hooray for Braille, Hooray for the USA Postal Service!

Somehow or other, two boxes of important Braille books arrived 15 months after they had been shipped by TRIFC from Bellevue, USA to Nepal! We were sure they had been lost or misplaced.

The ’Hooray for Braille’ series of beginning Braille books (from Seedlings.org) and the tactile ‘Human Anatomy’ books are in high demand at schools for students with Blindness in Nepal. Shipping via the US Postal service is free for educational materials for the blind which is a wonderful service that I will forever be grateful for. The usual shipping time for Braille books from Seattle to Nepal is 1-2 months. If these boxes of books could speak, I wonder what tales they could tell of their 15 month journey to Nepal.

Okay, I’m intrigued enough to make up a short, imaginary story of their journey. Of course it starts- “Once upon a time, there were two boxes of educational Braille books. On February 16th, 2016 they were dropped off at the Bellevue Main Post Office where they joyfully awaited to begin their journey to the land of mountains, mystery and majesty- Nepal! Carefully placed in the back of a postal service truck but precariously placed at the back end of the truck it only took one misplaced ‘bump’ and both boxes ‘jumped’ off the truck and onto the ground where a passing Labradoodle dragged both boxes down to the Seattle Waterfront and rudely dropped them on the beach at Pier 55. Just before the tide came in to spoil the books, a passing pair of harbor seals scooped them up and took them out to sea. Perhaps they thought these boxes contained herring? Well, it’s possible, isn’t it? A pair of humpback whales passing by picked the two boxes off the seals’ backs and, seeing the addressee on the boxes quickly determined that the boxes were bound for Kathmandu, Nepal (as everybody knows, whales are quite intelligent). Now, the whales knew very well that Nepal is a landlocked country, so they hatched a plan: they would take a vacation and travel to the Bay of Bengal, carrying the precious packages on their backs. Then, once there they would find a couple of willing Ganges river crocodiles to take the boxes further along on their journey, and that is what they did. They met two accommodating crocs, named Sabita and Sarun who carefully carried the boxes upriver to the holy Indian city of Varanasi, where luckily they happened upon a holy man who had lost his sight and was down by the edge of the river, praying.

“Oh, kind Holy Man”, cried the two crocs gently. “Would you consider taking these Braille books to the Braille Library in Kathmandu, Nepal where many children with blindness are waiting for them?”

“Of course I will do this noble deed”, exclaimed the elderly Holy Man. “For as fate happens, I am about to return to my home in Kathmandu and I even know about the library and its street location. The universe has provided this opportunity for me to be of service and for that I am thankful”

“We are grateful to you!”, said Sabita and Sarun. “We will consider our mission accomplished and we will now return to our regularly scheduled crocodile activities!” And with that, they swam off splashing their tails in the magical Ganges waters, as a boisterous goodbye to the Holy Man.

Rabendra was the holy man’s name. The following day Rabendra left Varanasi bound for Kathmandu. It’s not an easy journey by bus along the bumpy and dusty roads to the India/Nepal boarder crossing and beyond to Kathmandu. But with his long-time knowledge of the city of Kathmandu and using his trusty white cane for mobility (whose name is ‘Mr. Walkie-walkie), he made it to the National Braille Library at the Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blind (NAWB). There he met a representative of NAWB and dropped off those two well-traveled boxes of books for the blind/visually-impaired. He bid farewell to his new NAWB friend and gently patted both boxes of books. Then, he was off.

That’s where I come into the story. Very serendipitously (this is the true part…really!) I visited our TRIFC/ADSoN/NAWB Braille book library after I had some lunch at a local restaurant and had some time to burn before Seema Tamang and I would visit and speak at the Kathmandu Rotary Club meeting. I entered the library and was poking around the dusty book racks looking at the Braille books we had previously shipped over. Well, I happened to look down and noticed several boxes…and they looked very familiar. Yep, they were the boxes of books I had sent off almost 1 1/2 hears ago! Both Nirmala and I were overjoyed and surprised to find this ‘treasure’. Nirmala told me there had been numerous requests for these book-sets and now, they will find a loving home where they will be well-used by students with blindness in Nepal!”

-Rob Rose May, 2017
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Hooray for Braille, Hooray for the USA Postal Service!

Somehow or other, two boxes of important Braille books arrived 15 months after they had been shipped by TRIFC from Bellevue, USA to Nepal!  We were sure they had been lost or misplaced.

The ’Hooray for Braille’ series of beginning Braille books (from Seedlings.org) and the tactile ‘Human Anatomy’ books are in high demand at schools for students with Blindness in Nepal.  Shipping via the US Postal service is free for educational materials for the blind which is a wonderful service that I will forever be grateful for. The usual shipping time for Braille books from Seattle to Nepal is 1-2 months. If these boxes of books could speak, I wonder what tales they could tell of their 15 month journey to Nepal.  

Okay, I’m intrigued enough to make up a short, imaginary story of their journey.  Of course it starts- “Once upon a time, there were two boxes of educational Braille books.  On February 16th, 2016 they were dropped off at the Bellevue Main Post Office where they joyfully awaited to begin their journey to the land of mountains, mystery and majesty- Nepal!  Carefully placed in the back of a postal service truck but precariously placed at the back end of the truck it only took one misplaced ‘bump’ and both boxes ‘jumped’ off the truck and onto the ground where a passing Labradoodle dragged both boxes down to the Seattle Waterfront and rudely dropped them on the beach at Pier 55.  Just before the tide came in to spoil the books, a passing pair of harbor seals scooped them up and took them out to sea.  Perhaps they thought these boxes contained herring?  Well, it’s possible, isn’t it?  A pair of humpback whales passing by picked the two boxes off the seals’ backs and, seeing the addressee on the boxes quickly determined that the boxes were bound for Kathmandu, Nepal (as everybody knows, whales are quite intelligent).  Now, the whales knew very well that Nepal is a landlocked country, so they hatched a plan:  they would take a vacation and travel to the Bay of Bengal, carrying the precious packages on their backs.  Then, once there they would find a couple of willing Ganges river crocodiles to take the boxes further along on their journey, and that is what they did.  They met two accommodating crocs, named Sabita and Sarun  who carefully carried the boxes upriver to the holy Indian city of Varanasi, where luckily they happened upon a holy man who had lost his sight and was down by the edge of the river, praying.  

“Oh, kind Holy Man”, cried the two crocs gently.  “Would you consider taking these Braille books to the Braille Library in Kathmandu, Nepal where many children with blindness are waiting for them?”

“Of course I will do this noble deed”, exclaimed the elderly Holy Man. “For as fate happens, I am about to return to my home in Kathmandu and I even know about the library and its street location. The universe has provided this opportunity for me to be of service and for that I am thankful”

“We are grateful to you!”, said Sabita and Sarun.  “We will consider our mission accomplished and we will now return to our regularly scheduled crocodile activities!”  And with that, they swam off splashing their tails in the magical Ganges waters, as a boisterous goodbye to the Holy Man.

Rabendra was the holy man’s name. The following day Rabendra left Varanasi bound for Kathmandu.  It’s not an easy journey by bus along the bumpy and dusty roads to the India/Nepal boarder crossing and beyond to Kathmandu.  But with his long-time knowledge of the city of Kathmandu and using his trusty white cane for mobility (whose name is ‘Mr. Walkie-walkie), he made it to the National Braille Library at the Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blind (NAWB).  There he met a representative of NAWB and dropped off those two well-traveled boxes of books for the blind/visually-impaired.  He bid farewell to his new NAWB friend and gently patted both boxes of books.  Then, he was off.

That’s where I come into the story.  Very serendipitously (this is the true part…really!) I visited our TRIFC/ADSoN/NAWB Braille book library after I had some lunch at a local restaurant and had some time to burn before Seema Tamang and I would visit and speak at the Kathmandu Rotary Club meeting.  I entered the library and was poking around the dusty book racks looking at the Braille books we had previously shipped over.  Well, I happened to look down and noticed several boxes…and they looked very familiar.  Yep, they were the boxes of books I had sent off almost 1 1/2 hears ago!  Both Nirmala and I were overjoyed and surprised to find this ‘treasure’.  Nirmala told me there had been numerous requests for these book-sets and now, they will find a loving home where they will be well-used by students with blindness in Nepal!”

-Rob Rose May, 2017

Sanitary Protection for Girls With Disability
Check out one of our sponsored students, Honey as she adeptly demonstrates her knowledge in the usage of our sanitary protection kit. These kits are produced by TRIFC/ADSoN's Deaf Women's Empowerment Group, so the production of these kits provide meaningful work. Most importantly they will help keep girls with disabilities in school! Plus, they will last up to three years, are environmentally friendly, cost-effective and practical...what's not to like?
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Deaf Women's Empowerment Group Sharing Skills!
TRIFC/ADSoN's Deaf Women's Empowerment Group (DWEG) were kind enough to come into the Kavre-Banepa School for the Deaf and share their embroidery skills with our sponsored students from the Kathmandu School for the Deaf. Our students had great fun getting an introduction to a new skill, watching intently as our DWEG team leads showed them the basics, then giving it a try for themselves!
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Potato or Tomato?
Potato or Tomato?

Here’s a riddle for you…
Question: When is a road not a road?
Answer: When it’s the road to Jorpati, of course!

The road from Kathmandu out to Jorpati is particularly impressively bad right now, though to be honest, it’s always been a bit of a ‘craters of the moon’ ride for as long as I’ve been visiting Nepal.

Not only is it a holey-rolling-careening rocket ship ride of bumps, jumps and axel-breaking drops, it is also a dusty (turning to muck after a thunderstorm), choking, coughing and eye-itching/burning ride of despair (I’m not overstating this!). Add in the diesel-smoke belching trucks and busses that always seem to manage to get directly in front of you and you’ve got a real respiratory challenge for your poor little lungs.

Why is it this way? Well, there’s some good news behind the bad, which is that they are both widening the road and putting in new city water pipes which will provide more and cleaner water to the city’s inhabitants. That part is great. When will all this be done? Better not to ask…

We’ve been riding around town in a tiny taxi driven by our intrepid taxi driver, Harka. Unfortunately, we don’t have A/C and it’s pretty hot and sticky here right now. So….to make this hellish trip a bit more fun and exciting, I developed two ‘code words’ which you yell out when you want to either: close the windows due to dust and diesel truck smoke. Or alternately, open them after the really bad bits are passed by. These two code words (please keep them secret as they are very, very secret!) are: “potato” (quick- close the bloody windows!). And, “tomato” (open the windows back up and breathe again!).

Why do we suffer and endure such a punishing ride? To visit our wonderful kids at DNC (Disabled Newlife Centre) and DHC (Disabled Help Centre), of course! Going out to visit the kids TRIFC/ADSoN help support makes all of the trouble and discomfort worthwhile. The kids’ radiant smiles and vibrant laughter shake the dust and grit right off you and leave you feeling like you’ve just been through an automated carwash! You are fresh and new and….ready for the ride back??? Of course you are…..”Potatooooooo”!!!!
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Rose FalconerOh what memories your story revives! Bless you Rob for your love and dedication!

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trifc.orgThanks, Rose! Despite the road conditions here, there is much to love about Nepal!

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Two (Too) Cute Success Stories!
Two (Too) Cute Success Stories!
Featured in this short video are two of our TRIFC/ADSoN sponsored students- Chunni and Srijana. Chunni will read for you and Srijana is doing a dance she recently learned. Both have made meaningful progress in their lives while studying at SERC (Special Educational Resource Centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. At this center there are individualized weekly and monthly goals which focus on specific problem areas both in academic studies as well as personal, daily-living skills. SERC has made a great change in the lives of many children with challenging disabilities and we at TRIFC/ADSoN are dedicated to continuing our support for children with disabilities.
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Success? Different Measures for Different Situations…
Visiting our two sponsored students at SERC (Special Educational Resource Centre) in Kathmandu and seeing many students of all-abilities trying their best at whatever level they are able to manage gave me pause for thought on what success means. Success is a relative term and to see how hard these children work, what pride they show when they accomplish their goal and what comes from the one-to-one interaction between staff/volunteer and student is truly inspiring. Our two students - Chunni Maya and Srijana have made remarkable progress in the 9 months they have attended this fine school for children with special needs. I am proud of our kids and what they have achieved in their young lives. Sometimes success comes a ‘spoonful’ at a time, but enough spoonfuls will fill the largest glass to overflowing!
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Success? Different Measures for Different Situations…
Visiting our two sponsored students at SERC (Special Educational Resource Centre) in Kathmandu and seeing many students of all-abilities trying their best at whatever level they are able to manage gave me pause for thought on what success means.  Success is a relative term and to see how hard these children work, what pride they show when they accomplish their goal and what comes from the one-to-one interaction between staff/volunteer and student is truly inspiring.  Our two students - Chunni Maya and Srijana have made remarkable progress in the 9 months they have attended this fine school for children with special needs.  I am proud of our kids and what they have achieved in their young lives.  Sometimes success comes a ‘spoonful’ at a time, but enough spoonfuls will fill the largest glass to overflowing!