While most young adults spend their summer vacations sunbathing and looking to relax, Germantown Academy graduate Stephanie LaMont ‘10 spent her this summer building a library, making briquettes, making soap and gardening in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Featured in a Sept. 8, 2011 article on the front page of the NCAA Division III’s website, LaMont, a sophomore at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, talked about her four-week experience working with Bard’s Leprosy Relief Project.
According to Bard College’s website, The Leprosy Relief Project supports victims of leprosy in “a new eco-friendly leprosy village in Kathmandu” and brings awareness about the disease.
During her time in Nepal, LaMont made flammable bricks “made of sawdust, mud, cow dung and shredded paper” and helped build the roof, walls and shelves of a library. According to the article, the walls were made of cement, mud and cow dung.
Away from the construction site, LaMont ate two meals of rice and lentils provided by her host mom everyday.
Back in America, LaMont will look to lead Bard’s women’s lacrosse team again this spring. As a freshman, she led the Raptors in scoring.
CLICK HERE to read NCAA.ORG’s story on LaMont.