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This year, for the first time, 3HO helped fund three children to go to Miri Piri Academy through the institution of 3HO Foundation Scholarship Awards.
Applicants wrote about their inspiration and experiences, and how they hoped the award and the MPA experience would help them grow. This year the three winners were Tashi Nyima, Sebastian Salazar, and Siri Ajeet Kaur (Dipuo Banda).
Tashi Nyima, Tibet and India
I would like to thank 3HO for all the support and help you have given me. I never thought I would have such an experience. I truly love this place; the environment, the friends and the academics. MPA has given me everything. Now I could never imagine not being here. This is an experience I could never have had in Dharmshala. During the few years I have been here, I felt like this is my home. I have learned so much in my studies and I have also learned to calm myself in any situation. Really, I don’t have any words to say. Thank you for everything!
Sebastian Salazar, Mexico
I'm Sebastian and I'm the happiest guy ever because of the opportunity you gave me to live and grow in MPA. For me this is a lifetime experience and for what you do, I admire you a lot! With this act of love you have become part of my family, because as my parents, you are giving me your resources and support to reach my goals. That is something that I appreciate so much and I don't know how to thank you. Maybe in the future I'll be very blessed to help in this social cause of helping each other. The best thing I can say is that you are one of the most memorable things in my life and that with your little duty in this world, it is becoming a better world for everyone. Thanks for all the people at 3HO that make this possible for me and my family!
Siri Ajeet Kaur (Dipuo Banda), South Africa
My name is Banda Dipuo (Siri Ajeet Kaur). I was born and raised in South Africa, Johannesburg by my maternal grandmother (Jessie Banda). I have two sisters and three brothers. I grew up in a tough environment where dreams often get shattered due to lack of interest towards education. Most of the teenagers my age are either pregnant or they have kids. I have been thinking outside of the box for my whole childhood and I never dream of myself being a nothing in society. I dream as big as possible and aim as high as possible to fulfill my wish of being a role model and an inspiration to the next generation.
My foster parents (Tess and Phil) went to Rishikesh for a yoga festival and that is how they came to know about Miri Pirí Academy. They asked me to watch a couple of videos and really think about going to MPA. I did just that and I really wanted to come and have the experience. After years and years of poor education, I finally got the opportunity to go to Miri Pirí Academy. It was an experience of a lifetime that I could not get elsewhere in the world. I met a lot of students from all over the world with different stories, backgrounds, culture, and religions who had come together to unite and who believe that God is one (Ek Ong Kar).
I have learned so much in such a short period of time. Mostly things that I never thought I would learn. Yoga really changed me in a positive way. I have learned to eat my ego and swallow my pride. I have learned to be one with myself. I have learned how to do things even if you don’t feel like it, especially waking up early in morning to read Japji and do physical training; mostly how to balance focus and fun.
Being at MPA taught me to be responsible. I had to make decisions by myself which was really hard because most of the time I had people thinking for me and telling me what to do. It has taught me to be brave, i.e. with the martial art that prepares us to overcome any obstacle that may come our way with confidence. It has taught me to be self-assured and know how to manage time. I have learned to be one with myself and think globally instead of locally.
But because I did not have enough money to meet my financial needs I asked for help. I kindly got the scholarship which met my needs half way. It is my path to keep up and be kept up. Words can’t really express my gratitude but I hope you understand the sincerity behind these words. And I really hope that a lot of teenagers from all over the world could get these teachings.