Most ideas that spark development programs with lasting impact “didn’t come from us” at the American Himalayan Foundation, Richard explains in these remarks at the Brookings Institution, the prestigious Washington, D.C. think tank. “They came from people in the villages, and we listened to what they want.”


Many children in poor villages “are just as smart as any of us,” he adds. “Whenever you bring kids from developing countries” to the U.S., “they work very hard. They understand better than we do the opportunities here. The success rate is very high.”

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