It’s August. This is the time of year when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises shortly before the sun. This appearance could have led ancient stargazers to imagine that the hot weather of late summer was brought by the double whammy of Sirius and the sun sharing the daytime sky. Thus the term “dog days.”
These are the days when things get slower; when we take a break from the heat and perhaps step back from some of our routine responsibilities. It is also a time to reflect a bit on our the hustle and bustle of our busy lives during the bulk of the year and on our engagement with the world. And maybe, you might pause to think about the difference we make, the hope we inspire, or the joy we bring to others.
At Soarway, however, we can’t slow down during the dog days. To sustain our work requires an unrelenting commitment. Websites and accountants need to be funded. State registration requirements must be met. Mundane things like insurance and phone bills are as much a part or our story as our efforts to empower women, support those with physical challenges, or help the elderly prepare to survive the next disaster.
“Need” doesn’t take a break in August either. Although we have the funds to sponsor our first vocational training support scholarship through the Bhaskar Memorial Trust and although we have just provided a month of support to elderly Nepalis in need through the Jyoti Foundation, there is always more to do.
Sadly, we did not win our grant to fund tree planting and cultural restoration in Solokhumbu. But do we stop? No. We will submit new applications, we will look in new directions and we will continue. And soon we will launch a new campaign in support of one of our premier partners, the Nepal Ambulance Service, which is undertaking a huge new effort with the government as Nepal’s leader in pre-hospital care. The 7.0 earthquake in Indonesia on Sunday could just as easily have been in Nepal and we need constantly to continue our efforts to save lives tomorrow by acting today.
No, the dog days offer us no excuse to sit back and relax. Instead, we continue our efforts. And we need your help. You can help by taking a moment to ask how you are making a difference, whose lives do you touch, to whom do you offer hope and joy?
Please, join us. Support the Miss Nepal USA program and vote for the People’s Choice Candidate. Join the Soarway 1000. Donate to our general fund. Care. Act. Engage Nepal.
Enjoy the final days of summer and, like Sirius, rise like the sun to make a difference in the day and for Nepal.
(Above photo is of Lo Khyi — my bhote kukur (mountain dog) — a Tibetan mastiff that adopted me in Nepal. He is now a grown dog but he reminds me every day of my ties to Nepal and the that there is always soneone….even a puppy….who needs our help.)
U.S. Ambassador (ret’d)