In a recent gathering at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Klein, Bishnu Adhikari – a Nepal in-country director for CHOICE Humanitarian — spoke to close to 800 people about his humanitarian work after the devastating earthquake. Bishnu, a 2010 CHOICE Humanitarian of the Year and featured in the film Meet the Mormons, spoke of his humble beginnings and his drive to help the people of Nepal.
Bishnu was 30 years old when he received his master’s degree in engineering from Russia and returned to visit his small rural village in Nepal. Bishnu became emotional when he witnessed his 60-year-old mother still having to carry water from a distant well.
“It broke my heart to see my mother still carrying water in a basket on her back,” Bishnu said. “I thought it was ironic that even though I had been gone for five years and received an education, my village had not changed at all.”