Yangchen is a positive and bright young woman from Mugu, one of the most undeveloped and remote areas of Nepal. Coming from a profoundly disadvantaged background, she was able to attend Shree Mangal Dvip, a philanthropy-funded boarding school in Kathmandu — Nepal’s capital and largest city, which can take as much as two weeks to reach from her hometown — from the age of six.
At her boarding school in Nepal, Yangchen engaged in many extracurricular activities, including dance and acting, and served as the school librarian and Library Club Supervisor, Math Game Supervisor, and editor of the student newspaper, the Thrangu Express.
A top student throughout her school life, Yangchen dreams of becoming a psychiatrist, and to help people understand one another. “My goal is to contribute something to my society or village,” she shares. “It’s most important that I know the people I will need in order to do something collectively for the village or anywhere in the world.”