The Gift of Labor in Nepal

Applying the principles of Sarvodaya (“the awakening of all”)originating with M. K. “Mahatma” Gandhi in India and refined by Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne in Sri Lanka, a group of students in Nepal helps a village repair a 30-year-old footpath to their village. All they bring is the gift of labor– the rest of the resources, including food for the laborers, are present in the community.

“We build the road, the road builds us.”

(Note: One spokesperson’s name is “Swastika,” the name of an ancient Hindu symbol. In Asia, the swastika has no political or ethnic connotations as it does in Europe; it remains in important religious symbol.)

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