Mary Beth King NAFA Nourishes Program Director

Mary Beth King grew up in North Carolina, attending a litany of NC universities (thanks for your patience, Mom and Dad!) before graduating from UNC-Greensboro with a degree in social work. She obtained her Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, focusing on adoption and permanency planning for children and birth families. Throughout her career, she has spent time working in children’s homes in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and Kenya. After reopening Frank Adoption Center almost three years ago, Nepal has become her focus and her passion. Traveling to Nepal twice yearly, she has fallen completely in awe of the country and the culture and loves being a part of the NAFA team, making a difference in the everyday lives of children who most need it.

 

Cosima Lux - NAFA Nourishes Health Care Director

Cosima Lux has always had a fascination with nutrition, children, and vulnerable populations.  They were the focus of her undergraduate work in International Nutrition Policy at Tufts University.  After graduating from Yale's MSN program, Lux worked as a nurse midwife in many settings, including reservations throughout the South and Northwest, in her own private practice overseas, opening a high school clinic in Taos, New Mexico, developing an in-hospital birth center in northern California, and teaching nutrition at UNM. Currently, Lux is working as a certified nurse midwife and clinical faculty at UC Denver. In addition to full scope care for the University Nurse Midwives' underserved population, she works on multiple projects including their mood disorder clinic. Lux demonstrates a passion for community and young women's health, volunteering in the juvenile corrections systems and coaching girls on the run. Lux developed the non-profit One Weeks Wisdom in Haiti, which began as a documentary on compassion in 2009. Since the earthquake, she changed their focus to global relief work, including bringing water to a hospital and a birth center, providing maternity care, consulting on soccer and health programs, and developing nutritional programs based on chicken husbandry in orphanages. Lux was drawn to the need of Nepal's children after the recent earthquake.  She figured that unlike in Turkey and Haiti, now, she could be most useful by bringing her program experience to the table rather than follow her heart's urge to jump into immediate health care relief. She soon connected with NAFA, which was hoping to create a sustainable children's nutrition program with a training and education component, perfectly inline with her own mission.  She has been their health director ever since.  And while she is torn leaving her own children at home during her travels, she feels they are growing and shining through her shared enthusiasm for NAFA Nourishes.

Special Thanks to Cosima Lux for Photos used on this site. 

 

Bishnu Hari Bhatta - Director PSD Nepal

Bishnu Hari Bhatta has completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is currently working as Director of Volunteer Programs, Partnership for Sustainable Development (PSD-Nepal). For the last 25 years he served in organizations such as the Students’ Partnership Worldwide (British Charity), Save the Children, and the American Peace Corps-Nepal. He has also served as the Country Coordinator for i*EARN for two years and also served as International Deputy Coordinator for Medicine Plants in Our Backyard Project that was implemented in seven different countries. Currently, he is the Asia representative for the leadership team in Nature Action Collaborative for Children, based in USA. He has presented several papers at numerous international conferences. He was a facilitator for the How to Connect Children with Nature Conference in the U.S.A. He has been working, since 2012, as the Nepal country liason for Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI).  As a director of PSD-Nepal he plans and implements the PSD volunteer program, manages the volunteer program team, and he plans, reviews and coordinates all of its activities to ensure effective and focused inputs that lead to the delivery of the program outputs. Much of the PSD volunteer program is aimed at empowering children and youth.

 
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Victoria Ferrer - Programs Coordinator

Victoria Ferrer was born and raised New York and currently lives in Manhattan with her cat Mojo. Victoria holds a BFA in Art and Photography from Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. Before working at NAFA Victoria worked in brand marketing, digital media and strategy for companies such as Bloomingdales, Brownie Brittle and Grillo’s Pickles. Victoria has a younger sister who was adopted from Nepal in 2010.  Victoria is very excited about bringing her skills and expertise to NAFA.

Special Thanks to Victoria Ferrer for Photos used on this site. 

 

Indu Sapkota -  Lead Program Field Nurse

Indu Sapkota was born in Damak-10 Jhapa, Nepal and completed her schooling there. She was one of the first in Nepal to completed a Bachelor's degree in nursing science (BNS) in 2014.  Indu has been a Registered Nurse for more than five years with over two years experience in pediatrics and in the neonatal ICU.  Indu was a Nurse Supervisor at Helen Keller International before coming to work for NAFA Nourishes. It has always been a dream of hers to promote nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for the children of Nepal and to empower them with quality healthcare and sanitation. She is delighted to be part of the NAFA Nourish's Program Field Nurse team.

Special Thanks to Indu Sapkota for Photos used on this site. 

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Manisha Adhikari - Program Field Nurse

Manisha Adhikari was born and raised in Dhapakhel, Lalitpur. After completion of her higher secondary school from United Academy, her fascination towards soical work from uplifting the status of children and women took her to a medical career. During which, she graduated with Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Kathmandu medical college and served the community as a member of Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Medical College. Being a nurse, she was trained for intensive care unite/critical care and experienced working as ICU nurse at Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Science for a year. In the post - earthquake, as a nurse and as a Rotaractor, her works been dedicated to uplift women's and children's health, sanitation and nourishment in remote areas of Nepal. She has coordinated various programs in these fields. She is very ecstatic in applying her extensive clinical experience towards her humanitarian fascination of social activist being a part of NAFA Nourishes program. 

Special Thanks to Manisha Adhikari for Photos used on this site. 

 

Smita Shrestha - Program Field Nurse

Smita Shrestha was born in one of the rural villages of Nepal, Manakamana, Gorkha. She completed her schooling from a government school of Manakamana. She is a BSc. Nursing graduate and is the top of her class. She has keen interest in nutritional field and is planning to pursue her masters degree in this field. Smita has been very fond of children from early times. She loves working with children and feels as ease ato be surrounded by them. Smita always used to visit various children homes while she was ding her high school and bachelors to meet the children there. Recently she had been involved in a nutritional project conducted by Social Developments and Promotion Center, where she visited various local communities in Kathmandu for nutritional assessment of the children and provide them with required amount of nutritional supplements. Her dedication towards work, her never say no attitude and selflessness behavior makes her an invaluable part of NAFA Nourishes program field nurse team. 

Special Thanks to Smita Shrestha for Photos used on this site. 

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