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Nepal benefit is Thursday in Frisco

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FRISCO In Nepal, education is sacred. So it should come as no surprise that mandir is the word for both school and temple in Nepali, the most common of over 40 languages spoken in the country the size of Florida.Perhaps nobody understood this better than Bhisma Sharma, Phd. (1940-1986) an unusually learned and wise leader of his rural community and father of Frisco Himalayan Cuisine restaurant owner, Biddyha KC. KCs father believed so strongly in the importance of education that in the 1960s he single-handedly raised the funds and donated the land necessary to build the Saradha Biddyha Mandir school in a very remote and impoverished village of Nepal called Wami Megden, Gulmi, where he was born, and named the school after his first two daughters. Originally just an elementary school, Saradha Biddyha grew to hold over 300 male and female students, who are educated through the high school level. Its management was eventually turned over to the state. Unfortunately, however, due to a dysfunctional government and shortages of funds, over the past decade, the school has fallen into disrepair and the students are once again either attending class outdoors or not at all.Friscos Himalayan Cuisine Restaurant is sponsoring a benefit for the Saradha Biddya school at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Frisco Recreation Building at 3rd St. and Granite. After dining on a buffet of authentic Nepalese dishes, guests will be treated to performances of traditional dances by one of the worlds leading Nepalese folk dancers, Shaym Khadgi, who currently lives in Virginia and who was invited to make a special trip for the benefit.Additionally, local resident and eccentric, German adventure photographer and mountaineer, Dietrich Martin Baltzer, will inspire with a visual journey across the roof the world. Purchase tickets at the Himalayan Cuisine at 409 Main St., Frisco, or call (970) 668-3330. The recommended donation is $25 per person.

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