96-year-old teacher dedicates all her time to the children of Nepal
[July 5, 2021: Josh Shavit]
Olga Murray found her purpose in life just before retiring. Currently 96 years old, she was at the end of his legal career when, on a whim, she took a vacation to a place she had never been before: Nepal.
"The moment I landed I fell in love with the country," Murray said. "The kids, they shook my hand, they laughed. They were lovely and wanted to go to school. Most of the children didn't go to school then. "
It was there that she had a hunch.
"I said to myself, 'Olga, do you know what you are going to do for the rest of your life? You are going to educate the children,'" she said.
That started a 30-year passion building the Nepal Youth Foundation, a non-profit that fights poverty, builds schools and rescues girls forced into servitude.
"We were not going to be the great white saviors who came and saved them from this destructive practice."
The nonprofit organization has built 72 hospitals and helped educate more than 50,000 children. Still, says Murray, there is still a lot to do.
"I'm not going to stop, as long as I feel like it and I'm healthy, I'll keep doing that," she said.
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