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Volunteering on the 4th of July

Everyone loves hotdogs and fireworks on the 4th of July, but this year, a handful of Winrock/F2F volunteers spent their holiday a little bit differently. Below, volunteer Anil Shrestha — who is currently on assignment in Nepal — shared his reflections on why he chose to spend his holiday volunteering and how it contributes to the American values of equality, progress, and action.

“The fourth of July reminds us all the value of independence and freedom that came from the sacrifices of people who fought for these privileges we enjoy today. To continue enjoying these privileges we must fulfill our responsibilities and help others seeking for such privileges. Nepal is struggling to maintain a stable democracy in its transitional years. Therefore, I am glad to be spending my holidays helping the Agricultural and Forestry University in Nepal improve its capacity to create a program that will not only serve the needs of the society but also contribute to the rights of the students to a world-class education in a field that is of utmost importance to have stability, self-reliance, and freedom in the country.”

Anil is one of seven Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers that donated time over this past holiday weekend. Thank you, volunteers!

“True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded.” –Eleanor Roosevelt