We are exploring the economic problems associated with the country of Nepal. Nepal has some unusual challenges to overcome to allow their people out of poverty. Do we approach the solution through manufacturing, focusing on labor and developing labor, or do we focus on land uses, such as Eco-Tourism?
Mary “Doc” Kelly is a 1987 USNA grad. She spent 21 years on active duty in Intel and Logistics, mostly in the PACOM AOR. Her last and only mainland US tour was teaching at USNA. She has been at USAFA for 5 years. She won the USAFA Outstanding Educator Award and her doctoral research was on poverty alleviation in SE Asia. A practicing economist, Dr. Kelly is the author of 8 books, including Money Smart: How Not to Buy cat Food When You Don’t Have a Cat.
My name is Dakota LaPorte and I am currently a cadet third class at the United States Air Force Academy. I grew up in Northeast Ohio, and that is where I first became interested in community service. Unfortunate circumstances found me in the foster care system as a child, and through the amazing kindness and generosity of numerous families and the community I was able to excel and pursue my dream of becoming a military officer. The constant desire to help those in need has always been a pillar of what I define myself as a person, and having been the recipient of so much good will throughout the course of my life, it only seems natural to give back as much as I can so others may succeed. I am looking forward to most from this trip the opportunity to meet people and really understand their culture and way of life. Finding solutions to the problems Nepal faces cannot be accomplished without getting a real understanding for the specificity of their circumstances. All too often, good intentions and genuine concern are wasted on solutions that simply aren’t effective in the scenarios they are applied to. It is my hope that the research our team conducts will pave the way to a realistic and effective plan of action for improving the quality of life for everyone in Nepal. Not just a temporary fix, but rather the beginning of a series of progressive and sustainable improvements that provide real change. I am exciting to dig into the issues and be a part of something to help others, and look forward to the opportunities for learning and professional growth as well!
My name is C2C Gabriella Gray and I am from Denver, Colorado. I am very excited for this upcoming trip to Nepal. I am currently Squadron 22’s Superintendent, Honor NCO, and PEER for this semester. I am an Economics major with a French minor and also a Women’s Soccer intercollegiate athlete. Luckily, spring is less hectic for soccer therefore I have been able to use a lot of my free time to research Nepal.
As a group we have been able to speak with an USAFA graduate who lives and works in Nepal. He gave invaluable insight on not only the everyday business life but also information on weather, food, and basic things we should know. We also meet with Dr. Kelly regularly to discuss the trip and many taskers that must get accomplished. Individually, I have been focusing on understanding Nepal’s history and also looking at current events in the country. I began reading The End of Poverty as well to help me understand the current state of many Nepalese. I am looking forward to experiencing firsthand what day to day life is like in Nepal; with this knowledge I hope to grow a deeper understanding on what the real issues with poverty are and how to go about solving them.
Anthony Rebollo: I am originally from Texas but spent most of my life living in the small town of Blythewood, South Carolina. Being from SC, I love to hunt, fish, and swim. I am a huge Auburn Tigers fan and football is my favorite sport. I have never been outside of the continent before so I am really looking forward to experiencing a different landscape and culture. I am also excited to work on creating a change in Nepal that will benefit society and last for long after we leave.
Jared Roberts: I am from Dayton, Ohio, and I am in the Class of 2017. I enjoy a variety of hobbies including playing basketball and football, watching the University of Kentucky basketball team, travelling, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. I am very excited about the upcoming trip to Nepal for numerous reasons. I believe it will be a huge opportunity for me to learn about their culture as well as observe how other countries are different than the US economically, socially, and environmentally. Additionally, I am looking forward to working with the people and local businesses of Nepal to make a difference and provide ideas that will have a positive effect on the lives of others.
I am currently a Second Class Cadet at the United States Air Force Academy studying Economics. Growing up in a military family, I call North Pole, Alaska home. While at USAFA, I have been involved with the Nordic Skiing team, Competitive CrossFit Team, and an all-women’s bible study, Relentless Love. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, hunting, hiking, downhill skiing, and cooking! I am so grateful for the opportunity to visit Nepal to experience a different culture and increase my understanding of different economic conditions around the globe. While we are there, I hope to leave a lasting impression through the love and respect that we have for the Napoli people.