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Updates on our projects and work in Nepal

Learning House Barista Training Program: Two years and counting

Michelle Welsch

I remember coming back from Thailand, inspired by an artist I had met who turned his pottery studio into a beautiful coffee shop for tourists.

More than 38 of my friends chipped in to help buy our machine and support scholarship recipients.

Soon our graduates were starting businesses of their own, finding jobs at local coffee shops and restaurants, and even mitigating the costs associated with studying abroad. The dream became real.

A big thank you to those who have supported our program and these incredibly driven and smart young people. What a great investment, with huge and very tangible results. Talk about ROI! I hope to continue to support education and leadership skills through initiatives like this.

For more updates and photos, find and follow Learning House on Facebook.

2019 Learning House Leadership Scholar: Sheetal Nepali

Michelle Welsch

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We are pleased to announce the winner of this year's Learning House Scholar Program.

For her commitment and dedication to arts education, we are honored to present a 50,000NPR scholarship to Ms. Sheetal Nepali.

In the words of one of her teachers, "I have found Ms. Nepali to be an extraordinary student: She has always been very curious about both making art and expressing her sincere interest in art history and appreciation."

Sheetal is completing her Associate Degree in Fine Arts at a college in the United States. Her award will be paid directly to her program.

We salute you, Sheetal. Keep creating, keep learning, keep doing your best. And always, always stay curious. Congratulations.


Michelle Welsch


Before the year ends, we would like to thank the students and teachers of Learning House for working hard and staying committed to academic, personal, and professional goals.

We have watched our students open their own businesses, enter graduate programs abroad, build up their confidence and English language abilities to interview for jobs, and establish lifelong friendships. It seems that as the number of books in our library grows, our community does, too.

From our original crowdfunding campaign to a Facebook community of almost 23,000 — we are convinced that yes, you can be the change you wish to see in the world.

We look forward to continued growth and learning in 2019. We are so very, very grateful.

Here’s to a new year of learning, leadership, and growth. Thank you for being part of our Learning House community!

Free English conversation guidebook

Michelle Welsch

Learning House has released a free English language guidebook with tools and phrases to help English language learners gain confidence in formal and informal settings. FREE download link here.

Celebrating five years

Michelle Welsch

It seems like yesterday I watched my mom's panicked face as I bagged up clothes to give up for donation, packed what was left into boxes, and set out for my first flight to Nepal. I can't believe how much my life has changed.

Nepal has taught me many, many things. Patience. Perseverance. Perspective. The meaning of family. Love. How to give. And how to receive.

A solar project, various scholarships, workshops and seminars, barista training, community events, and a thriving education community -- I have to recognize all of the thoughtful, driven individuals who have supported my drive to encourage education and leadership. I'm so proud of what I, along with the help of so many, have built. 

Yet there is so much more to do.

I am humbled every day by the generosity of strangers and friends, by notes of kindness and messages of inspiration, by the hard work and dedication of the Learning House team. I look forward to what the future holds. Judging from the young people I have met and worked with, Nepal has a promising future, and it is my honor to create platforms for their dreams to move closer toward reality.

Thank you for your continued support as we nurture strong, determined leaders and look for ways to contribute thoughtfully within Pokhara valley. If you're interested, you can click here to support my projects.  

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


Learning House Scholar Program

Michelle Welsch

We are pleased to announce winners of our Learning House Scholar program, a scholarship opportunity for students pursuing arts degrees in Nepal. Creativity and the ability to "see" is relevant in problem solving, leadership, and social change. We believe arts degrees are important, and we want to recognize and encourage these efforts.  Two 25,000NPR scholarships, cash prizes paid directly to each winning student, were presented at Learning House.

Latte Art Throwdown in Pokhara, Nepal

Michelle Welsch

On June 1, 2018, Learning House organized the second Latte Art Championship in Pokhara, Nepal. The event was covered by local news media. 21 competitors, including 6 participants from Kathmandu and 2 women, raced against the clock to create their best latte art designs. A panel of judges --- hoteliers, hospitality educators, and restauranteurs --- rated each contestant. The grand prize winner was awarded 15,000NPR.

View more photos from the event on Facebook

Education Day 2018

Michelle Welsch

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Learning House organized the second Education Day in Pokhara, Nepal. Almost 500 students, parents, relatives, and teachers attended. 

Sponsored by U.S. Embassy Nepal, Education Day aims to encourage young people of Kaski District to chase after their dreams and create change within their communities. In the past, students had to travel to Kathmandu to meet U.S. Embassy representatives and receive quality information on study abroad. Learning House now organizes this annual event to provide accurate information and inspire leaders in Pokhara. The program is free.

In addition to speakers from U.S. Embassy and notable entrepreneurs, students practiced English, received one-on-one advising from Learning House and U.S. Embassy advisors, and accessed information regarding American student programs and the visa application process. Local entrepreneur Dorje Lama and Republica editor Subhash Ghimire told personal stories and answered questions on business, education, and goal setting.

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Maker Tables with Raspberry Pi units and puzzles encouraged creativity and English language stations provided platforms for students to build confidence. U.S. Embassy representatives and Learning House advisors offered individual guidance on higher education, and a Visa Consulate officer presented details on application procedures.

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The event was covered by local and national media. More photos can be found online.