Dorothy Khan (Nepal)

Dorothy Khan received her MS in Global Affairs from New York University, graduating with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law. She conducted field research on both registered and unregistered Rohingya women in the refugee camps of Bangladesh. During the summer of 2015, she traveled to Iraq to implement a self-designed project, aimed at empowering youth in the Duhok region of Iraq to become local community peace builders. In addition, she previously worked with urban refugees in South Africa, aiding them in navigating through difficult legal issues as they formally applied for refugee status. Her experience over the years in refugee rights, women's empowerment and human rights has imbued her with substantial experience working with disadvantaged populations throughout the world. Dorothy is also a recipient of a MA degree in Public Policy and and BA degree in Political Science from Stony Brook University. After her fellowship, Dorothy wrote: "Working with students in rural Nepal really changed me as a person and my outlook in life. Not only was this fellowship the most challenging experience I have ever had but it was rewarding and powerful, and I would do it again."



Suitcase Missing in Action

05 Jun

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The first view of Kathmandu, Nepal from my hotel

It is really not the greatest feeling to arrive in a foreign country after a long flight only to find out your luggage is missing. Well, that’s the exact dilemma I have found myself in at this moment. Here is a letter to my suitcase explaining why we were separated.

Dear Lovely (brand new) Suitcase,

I wanted to let you know that I arrived in Kathmandu today at 6:30pm, but where did you go? Did you decide to stay in Dubai and not board the plane to Nepal along with me? When I checked on you in Boston, the gentleman at the counter said you would be waiting for me at my final destination and I didn’t need to reclaim you in Dubai. When I was in Dubai, I asked about you again because I was worried about you. You know I am a worrier. I asked the woman at the baggage claim desk if you would be on the plane with me to Kathmandu, and she assuredly told me you would be. See, suitcase, I was doing the right thing and I even got a confirmation, a double confirmation for that matter! So, I happily boarded the plane from Dubai to Nepal, mind set at ease, thinking you had gotten safely on the plane with me.

After I arrived in Nepal and got my visa, I gleefully went to the baggage claim area and waited for you. At times I saw a bag that looked like you, but their owners picked them up and took them home, until every last bag was gone. Unfortunately, you never showed up. I went to the lost baggage claim desk and the guy searched for you…my lovely suitcase. He was concerned about you, just like I was and currently still am. I gave him a description of you and left him my contact number. It really would have been nice if you joined me here at my hotel. I really could’ve used my PJ’s, toiletries and other essential items that I packed into every little pocket you had.

You see, suitcase, my first day in Nepal really wasn’t a good start. I really need you in order to take you onto another seventeen-hour bus journey to Surkhet, Nepal where our work truly lies. You have all my notes, work plan, sanitary underwear and training materials that I can use to empower the girls I will be working with. So, please don’t delay yourself any longer and just catch the next flight to Nepal. I will be waiting with bated breath to pick you up as soon as you arrive.

Sincerely,

Your (worried) owner.

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The first view of Kathmandu, Nepal from my hotel<\/strong><\/p>\n\n

It is really not the greatest feeling to arrive in a foreign country after a long flight only to find out your luggage is missing. Well, that\u2019s the exact dilemma I have found myself in at this moment. Here is a letter to my suitcase explaining why we were separated.<\/span><\/p>\n\n

Dear Lovely (brand new) Suitcase,<\/span><\/p>\n\n

I wanted to let you know that I arrived in Kathmandu today at 6:30pm, but where did you go? Did you decide to stay in Dubai and not board the plane to Nepal along with me? When I checked on you in Boston, the gentleman at the counter said you would be waiting for me at my final destination and I didn\u2019t need to reclaim you in Dubai. When I was in Dubai, I asked about you again because I was worried about you. You know I am a worrier. I asked the woman at the baggage claim desk if you would be on the plane with me to Kathmandu, and she assuredly told me you would be. See, suitcase, I was doing the right thing and I even got a confirmation, a double confirmation for that matter! So, I happily boarded the plane from Dubai to Nepal, mind set at ease, thinking you had gotten safely on the plane with me.<\/span><\/p>\n\n

After I arrived in Nepal and got my visa, I gleefully went to the baggage claim area and waited for you. At times I saw a bag that looked like you, but their owners picked them up and took them home, until every last bag was gone. Unfortunately, you never showed up. I went to the lost baggage claim desk and the guy searched for you…my lovely suitcase. He was concerned about you, just like I was and currently still am. I gave him a description of you and left him my contact number. It really would have been nice if you joined me here at my hotel. I really could\u2019ve used my PJ\u2019s, toiletries and other essential items that I packed into every little pocket you had.<\/span><\/p>\n\n

You see, suitcase, my first day in Nepal really wasn\u2019t a good start. I really need you in order to take you onto another seventeen-hour bus journey to Surkhet, Nepal where our work truly lies. You have all my notes, work plan, sanitary underwear and training materials that I can use to empower the girls I will be working with. So, please don\u2019t delay yourself any longer and just catch the next flight to Nepal. I will be waiting with bated breath to pick you up as soon as you arrive.<\/span><\/p>\n\n

Sincerely,<\/span><\/p>\n\n

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Posted By Dorothy Khan (Nepal)

Posted Jun 5th, 2016