International alum creates EduVision overseas

Nepal continues to strive after earthquake

By Patrick Fleming
On April 6, 2017

Photo Contributed by Terry Mikeska

The citizens of Nepal are still dealing with many problems that the people of the United States will never have to deal with.

The Terry Mikeska Foundation continues to help the people of Nepal in vital ways, but there are also other people and organizations who are contributing to the aid of these citizens.

One of these other organizations is EduVision, founded by alumni Suren Shakya.

Born in Nepal, Shakya came to the U.S., where he became a student at ASU.

After a religious experience in 2004, Shakya has dedicated his life to contributing to the betterment of humanity in whatever way he can, which eventually led to him returning to his birth country.

Once there, he got to work in the schools, often asking teachers for extra time to talk to students about the fulfillment that comes from contributing to their society and the task of always improving oneself.

"There is a sad part as well when I realize that there is too much ignorance in the world, and that is what brings all the suffering to humanity," Shakya said.

This led to him becoming a mentor to these children and finding them sponsors, also known as financial supporters. This also led to the foundation of EduVision, which helped make the entire process official.

Shakya then gave these students evaluations and helped transfer them to schools that would be vital for their successful futures.

Eventually becoming a motivational speaker, Shakya also constantly keeps different schools and teachers up to date with new ways of teaching.

"Personally, the experience, no matter what, is always rewarding," Shakya, the founder and president of EduVision, said. "It is like a new aspect of life and the universe opens up."

Shakya’s organization also helps in other ways whenever they can.

An example of this is the April 2015 earthquake, which resulted in the damage of a school.

"I have no personal desires for material enrichment or comforts, so I find pleasure in seeing the positive turn in other people’s lives that I am fortunate to have touched," Shakya.

The Terry Mikeska Foundation came into contact with EduVision, and worked together with some of the locals to help fix the school.

"After a generous gift from LeeAnn LeGrand, supporters of ASU, over 170 businesses, individuals and churches started donating to the cause," Terry Mikeska, the founder and president of the Terry Mikeska Foundation, said.

After four months the new school was completed in the fall of 2016.

"A few weeks ago I made a surprise visit to the school to see the teachers and students enjoying their new facilities," Mikeska said.

The Terry Mikeska Foundation is currently taking donations and Shakya has documented stories of EduVision children available on Amazon Kindle.

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