November 5, 2015

SVSU welcomes couple working to improve life in Nepal

A couple who is helping to rebuild lives in Nepal following a devastating earthquake that struck the country in April will share their story at Saginaw Valley State University. Scott and Sunita MacLennan, founders and executive director of The Mountain Fund, will be part of an event titled “Empowering Women & Children in Nepal.”

The MacLennans have done considerable work to help the Nepali Community get back on its feet after the earthquake. Their accomplishments include: the rehabilitation of two monasteries, staffing of a public school, foundation of a school for HIV-affected children, two clinics and a training hospital.

All of their work is volunteered; they have set up volunteerism programs, and mentored new NGOs (Non-government Organizations) around the world. Scott and Sunita MacLennan are currently involved in the start-up of a new leadership program for Nepali girls and women.

There will be two public presentations at SVSU. “Children and Women's Rights in Nepal” is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in Founders Hall, and “Developing a Meaningful Non-profit Organization” is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

The MacLennans’ visit is sponsored by SVSU’s College of Health and Human Services. For more information on The Mountain Fund, visit www.mountainfund.org.