Name: Nirvan Rayamajhi
Role: Student, Granada Hills Charter High; humanitarian
Quote: “There was a kid that was like my age just sitting there begging for food and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”
Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic
Nirvan Rayamajhi in 2016 had a heartbreaking experience that shook him to his core. The result is that today at the tender age of 16, he is one heck of a humanitarian.
Rayamajhi, with the help of his younger brother as well as some 150 peers belonging to a club he founded called Bee The Hope, among other things has generated and donated food to frontline hospitals workers across the San Fernando Valley, food and blankets and hygiene kits to adults and children in homeless shelters across California and toys and blankets and other items to kids separated from their parents at the Mexican border.
There have also been clothing drives for homeless, a Halloween candy drive for kids in homeless shelters and a food drive for Thanksgiving. That’s not to mention writing over 200 letters to elders because, Rayamajhi said, “Right now, they’re having a hard time in isolation.”
A junior at Granada Hills Charter High, Rayamajhi is being honored as one of this newspaper’s Pandemic Heroes. A native of Nepal, a trip there over four years ago with his parents and younger brother started the ball rolling.
“There was this one day we were going to eat at this new hotel because it just opened,” Rayamajhi said. “I was walking down the road and I saw this kid on the side of the road and he was sitting there with his arms around his legs, like a little ball, and he was crying and like begging people for food.
“I just thought that was really disturbing. There was a kid that was like my age just sitting there begging for food and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”
He did what any humanitarian would do — he extended his hand.
“So I had like a few Rupees in my pocket,” Rayamajhi said. “I decided to hand him that and like the spark in his eyes, just the look in his eyes, like I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. It gave me so much joy and so much happiness just seeing how happy he was.”
Nepal eventually received 250 toys as well as food, hygiene products, towels and blankets through Rayamajhi’s efforts.
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Rayamajhi and his brother Neil — he’s 12 — did all the work at the outset of the pandemic. Rayamajhi then started Bee The Hope — a humanitarian-themed organization — because he said he knew that he was going …read more
Source:: Los Angeles Daily News