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It All Started With Manju

Dave Boon, EO co-founder, was in Nepal in November 2014, to visit some orphanages and rural schools that his Rotary Club had been supporting. The support of these schools and orphanages has led to an urgent new challenge. Many of the students and orphans have done well enough in school to go on to college. But how can they go?

As Dave explains, ” I was visiting one of the orphanages and was talking to Manju a 17 year old girl who has lived in the orphanage for 10 years. I asked her how I could help her. She started to cry, and then told me she had always had a dream. That dream was to go to college. I told her that was a great dream to have and asked why are you crying? She replied that she was an orphan and had no way to pay for college and that dream would never come true.” In Nepal, most college tuition costs ~$300 – $1,000 USD per year (~$25 – $90/month) for a four year degree.

All I could think of was that I spend that much on coffee each year. On the spot, June and I committed to paying her college education. Then I looked around and thought, “Who will help send the other orphans to college?” And the idea of Empowering Opportunities was born. There are many other marginalized youth, students in rural areas and orphans that need your help. Want to join us and make a HUGE difference in a child’s life by giving them the opportunity to succeed through education? 


Founders – Dave and June Boon


Dave & June Boon


Dave Boon and his wife June have fallen in love with the people of Nepal, especially the children.  We want to help them reach their dreams through education.

Did you know?  Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, poorer than Kenya, India and Bangladesh.  It is also one of the largest sex trafficking corridors in the world with as many as ~10,000 girls each year smuggled to India.  The smugglers go after orphans and uneducated rural youth.

Despite impoverished conditions and lack of resources in Nepal, these children have dreams and goals.    The Boon’s believe that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams in life and that is why they created Empowering Opportunities.  They live in Estes Park, Colorado, have raised three happy productive children and spend free time in the mountains and volunteering in their community.

Nepali Board of Directors

EO could not do what we do without our passionate and dedicated Nepali Board of Directors:

President – Sudip Koirala

Secretary – Deepak Achhami

Treasurer – Dr. Sonu Adhikari

BOD Members – Saraswoti Basnet, Kopila Gautam, Archit Shrestha, and Manju Tamang

Through their hard work and dedication, Empowering Opportunities is making a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of children.  THANK YOU!


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