Full Circle Philanthropy With Bonnie

children Ama Ghar

Bonnie’s life has taken her all around the world — she has lived in the United States, Europe, Libya, and Nepal, just to name a few. In 1961, Bonnie enrolled in the inaugural class at the Leysin American School in Switzerland. LAS has a mission to educate, nurture, and create caring world citizens. Bonnie is that mission personified, and her life has come full circle to give back to her “soul place” — Nepal.

Bonnie’s work with Ama Ghar was recently featured in LAS’s annual spring magazine, Panorama. In the article, Bonnie describes returning to Nepal as the Country Director of Ama Foundation after her retirement. Bonnie shared: “Caring for abandoned children by creating an environment that promotes self confidence was my basic goal. Self confidence doesn’t come easily to children who suffer the psychology of abandonment, but the simple recipe of a constant structure of care and love seems to be working and the Nepali staff that raise these children are the real heroes.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Leysin American School in Switzerland, click here. We have been proud to partner with them over the years at our auction. To read the full article and learn more about Bonnie’s experience at LAS and her path to Ama Ghar, head over to the Panorama Magazine and flip to page 23. 

L to R: Bonnie Ellison, Rachel Ellison, Judy Wilson Vanderhorst and Liddy Clark with Paul Dyer of LAS