The Incredible Story of Yak Girl with Dorje Dolma: Episode 6- Voices Rising Press Podcast
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Dorje Dolma is a visual artist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal.

She has been touring the world with her uplifting story and artwork and has given over hundred presentations for all ages in Europe, Nepal, Canada and the United States. She speaks about the centuries-old way of life in her isolated homeland, how it’s being changed by the slow trickle of modernity now reaching it, and the most effective ways for first world citizens to help those in the third world. Her mission is to inspire others through writing, art and speaking to help spread kindness to others and the need for medical and educational resources in remote parts of the world, such as Dolpo.

Dorje was born in Dolpo, Nepal, one of the most inaccessible places on earth, 4,000 meters high in the Himalayas. She was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived the harsh conditions of their lives. She began herding the family’s goats and sheep at age five and by seven she was defending them from attacks by wolves and snow leopards. At ten, Dorje’s parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health condition. There they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States and get her the surgery she needed to save her life. She eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts. She is the first female writer from Dolpo.

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