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Olga Murray, called by her supporters a modern-day abolitionist and "the Mother Teresa" of Nepal, was honored for more than twenty-two years of unwavering dedication to helping the youth of Nepal at a reception May 30.
Previously she had received awards from the Dalai Lama and the King of Nepal for her considerable achievements since her creation of the Nepal Youth Foundation. Murray began this philanthropic organization in 1990 after she retired as an attorney for the California State Supreme Court.
"I just wish I started sooner," she said. "There is still so much to accomplish." Murray, who divides her time between Sausalito and Nepal, blew out the 87th candle on her birthday cake at the San Francisco City Club reception.
Under her stewardship, the Nepal Youth Foundation has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of Nepalese youth. She led a successful effort to free more than 12,000 young girls sold by their families into indentured servitude.
For these and other children, NYF provides the opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their families through education scholarships, and the organization is one of Nepal's biggest non-governmental providers of scholarships. To date, more than 7,000 children ranging from kindergarten through college have received scholarships through NYF.
NYF also focuses on preventing malnutrition in Nepal, a leading cause of death in young children in this Himalayan country. Since it opened its first of twelve Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes, NYF has treated more than 8,443 severely malnourished children and provided nutritional training to nearly 8,000 of their caretakers in how to use inexpensive, locally grown food to nourish their families.
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Photo of Olga Murray and NYF scholarship recipients courtesy of NYF.