The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu

Dear World,

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on polio eradication, and how close we are to achieving the global eradication of polio. And today morning, I woke up to a news article on how polio health workers in Pakistan are being targeted and have been shot down in Karachi and Peshawar. My heart just sank.

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View from our rooftop :)

Dear World,

I’d like to begin this post with a confession. Being raised in a Pakistani household, I wanted to go to Nepal because I had assumed traveling to another country from the sub-continent would make me feel at home, thus minimizing my culture shock and homesickness. And, I liked all the organizations present in Nepal, thoroughly impressed with their work, so I considered Nepal a perfect fit. Little did I know how wrong I was going to be, and how unprepared I would feel. Read More

Flag of Nepal

Dear World,

First of all, I’d like to apologize for the absence, but after summer term ended there was so much to do before heading to Nepal that it was crazyyyy. But, Namaste from Kathmandu, Nepal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe that I am actually in Nepal at the moment. It just seems like a long dream. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be sitting in Nepal with friends drinking chai and enjoying the beautiful weather of the Kathmandu Valley which by the way is beautiful beyond belief.

Day 1 Monday – 10th September

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Dear World,

How are you?!

I’d like to invite you to check out my other blog (adventures of an amateur photographer) , which is going to be based on my adventures with my camera! As the name suggests, I am definitely not a professional and I have a lot to learn! And, constructive criticism is always welcome.

Enjoy!

F.

Child being vaccinated for polio

Dear World,

I read an interesting article titled, Despite global eradication, polio stays in Pakistan, on the Dawn website. It stated that, earlier this year India celebrated its first year without any reports of new cases of polio. The only countries that have yet to achieve this goal are Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the article, Nigeria and Afghanistan are seeing a rise in new infections in 2012, only Pakistan’s total has dropped. A WHO spokesman said that if a polio virus finds its way to a community where polio has been eradicated, and they have low immunity, the virus can spread like wildfire; so, for global polio eradication to be a possibility, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan need to eradicate polio from their communities.

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