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A Grassroots Movement for Health, Education and Self-Empowerment in Nepal  

Nepal"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead

A decade or so ago, an inquisitive young student in Lumbini, Nepal came up with some very concrete ideas about how to effect positive change in his society. At the age of 15, he established his first school to serve underprivileged rural children in the surrounding area. Today, The Metta School teaches 685 students and employs 18 teachers, serving kindergarten through eighth grade. Now a Buddhist monk at age 28, Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta is the founder of the Lumbini Social Services Foundation which serves to address the root causes of poverty, illness and social inequality. He is co-founder of the Bodhi Peace Institute in Lumbini Nepal.  

At about the same time, half-way across the world, a neuropsychologist with an international background and a love of adventure travel, began to figure out how to respond to the desperate medical and educational needs of children she saw living in poverty around the world. Without any support or financial backing she founded Anatta World Health and Education Outreach as a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission of creating and supporting medical and educational programs for children in the developing world. Anatta is now a team of health care professionals, educators and creative thinkers that is taking active steps toward a world in which every child has access to adequate health care, education, and opportunity for self-empowerment.  

Since Venerable Metteyya and Cornelia Santschi met in 2010, they have been working together in Nepal as well, and connecting an ever growing family of friends and volunteers from East and West.

Peace, Diplomacy and Global Health Event  


On Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m., the Center for Global Health Studies at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, together with the campus chapter of Amnesty International proudly welcomes Venerable Metteyya and Dr. Santschi for a conversation about their work at Seton Hall University, its impact, and the life-changing experiences they’ve had helping people in Nepal. The event will take place in the Diplomacy Room in McQuaid Hall. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Santschi and Venerable Metteyya to Seton Hall,” comments Dr. Yanzhong Huang, director of the Center for Global Health Studies. “We look forward to gaining a deeper understanding of how grassroots efforts, no matter where they begin, can go a long way toward improving the health and security of people in communities around the world.”

Inspiring Compassion
Venerable Metteyya makes his home in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. Ven. Metteyya co-founded Peace Grove Institute and is a strong advocate for women’s education, equality and excellence in Nepal. He is the co-founder of Karuna Women’s Institute and Girls College, the Anatta Children’s Library, and Bodhi Institute and Peace Education Centre. His enthusiasm to practice and demonstrate compassion in action has been a true source of inspiration for all who have met him. Ven. Metteyya received his formal training in the Theravada Buddhist tradition and Vipassana, and studied with the Vietnamese Pure Land tradition. He also holds a B.A. in Buddhist studies and was one of the featured scholars in the 2010 PBS film ‘The Buddha’ by David Grubin.

Deeply Dedicated
Dr. Cornelia Santschi received her Ph.D. degree in neuropsychology from City University of New York. She developed the Neuropsychology program at the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Barnabas Medical Center from its very beginnings in 1997 into its current form as part of the largest specialized epilepsy institute in New Jersey. Cornelia is a long-time student of Buddhist philosophy, meditation and yoga. She co-founder of the Newark Community Meditation Center where she serves as meditation instructor. Deeply dedicated to worldwide humanitarian effort, Dr. Santschi has located, purchased, and donated medical equipment, benefitting hospitals in places like Kenya, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. She is also involved in environmental conservation and social justice activities. Her passion and determination founded and built Anatta, and now continue to fuel its' efforts.

Global Health Think Tank
The Center for Global Health Studies serves as a think tank and resource center on issues relating to health, governance, and security. Based at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy, the Center examines infectious diseases, bioterrorism, and other global health issues from a foreign policy and security perspective. Among the goals of the Center are curriculum development, policy relevant research, and enhanced student learning. The Center has also been active in consulting and advising governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector. For more information on the Center's publications and outreach, please visit the Center Director's profile: Dr. Yanzhong Huang. As a member of the Consortium for Global Health Diplomacy, the Center is placed on par with leading institutions including the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of Switzerland, Centre for Global Health Security at Chatham House (UK), and Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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