The Living Goddess
In the Director’s office hangs a hand-carved banyan wood frame with a picture of Mt. Everest. The frame is a replica of the main window on the palace of Kumari – the living goddess – in Kathmandu, Nepal. On very special days her supporters can visit the palace and, upon making a personal donation, obtain a glimpse of the goddess through the window. This is considered a blessing.
When the Patterson School receives a private gift, a somewhat similar ritual occurs. The Director will place a photograph of Kumari in the wooden frame, with Everest still visible over her shoulder. The towering Mt. Everest reflects our students’ lofty goals; her presence announces that our program has once again benefited from the kindness and generosity of our supporters.
Visitors frequently pop into the Director’s office just to see whether Kumari is “making an appearance.” They know her secret. When students spot her picture they often beam, and laugh. They know it is a very special day.
Your gifts make our students feel blessed.