President of Board
Board Vice President
Sristi Bhattarai Sigdyal
Astoria, New York
Los Angeles, California
The Kumari Project envisions creating safe and joyful homes for orphans in Nepal. Kumari means ‘princess’ in Nepali, and we believe all children are equally deserving of such a title and should be respected and honored as if they were.
The Kumari Project empowers Nepalese orphans by providing basic health, education, and job opportunities and trainings.
The founder of The Kumari Project, Arun Storrs, was born in Kathmandu and adopted by Americans when she was seven weeks old. She grew up in Oregon, but traveled frequently back to Nepal and the orphanage from which she was adopted.
After volunteering at the orphanage for a summer, Arun was saddened to see that, most of the children brought to the orphanage do not find adoptive families, and are therefore raised in sparse physical conditions, without adequate health care or educational opportunities. She was further discouraged by the vast corruption and abuse she witnessed in many orphanages and 'children's homes' in Nepal.
After graduating from Yale College and working for several international and US-based non-profits focused on women's and minority rights, Arun founded The Kumari Project to create sustainable, effective solutions to improve care for orphans, abandoned and vulnerable children and support for those children once they leave the orphanage system.