A Whim of Steel

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“A Whim of Steel” is how Olga Murray’s husband described her way back when. Olga, who has been featured before on this blog (check out a past story here), is the founder of the Nepali Youth Foundation, which provides many life-saving programs to the beautiful people of Nepal; programs include Nutritional Rehabilitation, the Indentured Daughters Program and the shelter J&K House. Recently the organization has been involved in disaster relief following the devastating earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal in April. See Olga interviewed on CNN about the situation on the ground and her experience during the first round of quakes.

Last week we celebrated Olga’s 90th birthday. It was an honor to sit at a table with her and hear stories from her long life of service to the people of Nepal. Olga is one of our heroes here at the Isabel Allende Foundation. She describes the work she does today as her “failed” retirement. After retiring from her 37-year stint as a staff attorney to the Chief Justice of California, Phil Gibson and Stanley Mosk, and further work with the State Supreme Court, Olga set off in 1984 for an adventure in Nepal. That adventure would change her life and mark the beginning of her love affair with the country and people of Nepal. Read more about Olga here, and if you want to help the children of Nepal, particularly now, post-earthquake, here is a link to Olga’s beloved Nepali Youth Foundation, a group we know will use the money for the very best good.

Happy Birthday Olga!

The whole party, Olga is in the middle wearing one of her birthday presents: She Needed a Hero, So She Became One t-shirt.

The whole party, Olga is in the middle wearing one of her birthday presents: She Needed a Hero, So She Became One t-shirt.

Ps. The donation page of the Nepali Youth Foundation asks you to: Spend a little. Give a lot.  That is the theme of a recent speech Isabel gave in Baltimore where she addressed the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Here is a clip about Olga and Nepali Youth Foundation from that speech.

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  2. Johacsy Lopez December 10, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Hola, señora Isabel , me llamo Johacsy y estudio español 5 en la escuela Benjamin O. Davis High school . My classe leyo “Dos Palabras” la semana pasada, en el libro no enseña las dos palabras que Belisa Crepusculario le dio al coronel despues de escribir el discurso presidensial. Pero de el contexto puedo inferir que el coronel se enamoro de Belisa por causaa de esas palabras, y con eso puedo inferir que las palabras talves fueron ” fuerza y amor”. Espero me pueda guiar a las palabras adecuadas.

  3. Carla Castro December 10, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    Hola Señora Isabel, me llamo Carla y estudio español 5 en Benjamin O. Davis High School. Mi clase leyó ‘Dos Palabras’ hace unos pocos días y yo me quede con la curiosidad porque en nuestro libro la historia no esta completo y porque las dos palabras que le dice al Coronel no las menciona. Yo presiento que esas dos palabras son sus palabras de amor son ‘te amo’, pero estaría un poco más calmada si me dijera si estoy bien o mal. Muchas gracias.

  4. florencia victoria June 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Querida Sarah!! …una mujer NOTABLE Olga Murray, llegar a esta edad vigente y con ganas de seguir aportando al beneficio y rescate de tantos niños, es un ejemplo a seguir,su fundacion le ha transformado la vida a tantos niños y niñas rescatándolas de una vida misera de esclavas!! .. aplaudo a esta bella mujer de pie.. toda mi admiración! FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS OLGA!! .. Isabel se ve gigante sentada entre las dos!! un gran abrazo mi preciosa y todo mi cariño a Isabel Florencia Victoria Parra

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