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Prabal Gurung

The Art of
“Speak up without fear.”
— Prabal Gurung
If you could change one thing about the world today, what would it be?
It's hard to pick just one thing. I want to see equality for women, for every race and ethnicity, for every size. I want to see better access to education. I want to see less violence, and I want to see a true democratic government in our country and globally.
What is your favorite way to give?
My brother, sister and I started the Shikshya Foundation Nepal 6 years ago with a goal of educating underserved children in Nepal. So far, we've been able to give 300 children a complete education, some even through college. We want to continue to grow—to support 500 children, then 1,000, then 10,000. I don't see us slowing down any time soon!
Who has been your greatest teacher when it comes to altruism?
My mother. She raised us to understand the world we live in and to see the power we possess as a responsibility.
What is the biggest misconception about charity?
That you have nothing to offer. Charity doesn't have to be a large donation of money or time. One can give by simply having a conversation with someone who doesn't normally feel heard or by sharing an article or idea on social media to raise awareness for a cause that's meaningful to you.
What is your dream for kids today?
That they feel empowered to spark change and growth.
What is the one thing you wish everyone can experience for him/herself?
The feeling of empowerment that comes from doing something meaningful.
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