This is a guest post by Janelle K. Eagle.

The answer is yes. The school Principal was speaking about us, and he had, in fact, called me fat.

I came across “Mr. Rude Principal man” while I was teaching English and Theater to a group of underprivileged girls in Bhaktapur, Nepal. One of my fellow travelers, Clinton Bopp, was painting at Shree Sharada School nearby as part of The Unatti Foundation’s “Child to Child” project. This innovative work connects children in California with children in this small village and others around the world.

At the time of the name-calling incident, Clinton, a talented painter living in Los Angeles, was transforming the front of the four-room school from a dilapidated wall full of political graffiti into one of the most beautiful buildings in the village. I was filming him for my forthcoming documentary and also assisting with painting some of the smaller details on his massive mural. Ramesh, the man who runs the orphanage where we were staying and whom is the Nepalese leader of the Unatti Foundation was overseeing the painting project as he himself was a graduate of this humble school some 25 years earlier.

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