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The vision of Thus Thought is to establish easily replicable low-cost models for improving the quality of education available to marginalized communities; thereby allowing every child to reach his/her true potential in life.


Our mission is to facilitate the improvement of quality of K-12 education in marginalized communities by engaging students in their learning, providing professional support for teachers, and building effective education partnerships within the community. We work with the community using positive deviance model to develop practical low-cost solutions that are mostly sourced locally and derived from within. As part of our process, we design a common framework for “Blueprint Copying” of our programs by other organizations and local social entrepreneurs.

Currently, a sustainable system that standardizes the quality of education across schools servicing marginalized communities is not available. Our aim is to provide a standardized sustainable system, which meets the following criteria:

  • work within the means of the marginalized community
  • must involve the community
  • must be replicable
  • must be measurable
  • must be able to be continued by the community itself

Richard Male
Nonprofit Organization
May 2008 - Present

For 30 years, Mr. Male has conducted training sessions, provided consultation, been a keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator to thousands of organizations at the neighborhood, statewide and national levels. He has also since 1971 taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in subject areas such as grantwriting, fundraising and resource development, leadership development, community organizing/public policy; contemporary issues in society; religious institutions in the community; and proposal writing at the following colleges and universities: State University of New York (SUNY), Washington University (St. Louis), Iliff School of Theology (Denver), Regis University, University of Colorado at Denver and Metro State College.

He has served as executive director, CEO and on many local and national boards of directors. He founded the Community Resource Center (CRC) in 1981, and through which, he organized the Colorado Association of Non-profit Organizations (CANPO), Community Shares of Colorado, published the Colorado Grants Guide and helped organize dozens of grassroots initiatives involving people of color, persons with disabilities, environmental and social justice issues.

Mr. Male has been honored with numerous awards such as the Samaritan Institute Award from the Colorado Ethics in Business Award, the William Funk Award for Building Community from the Colorado Association of Non-Profit Organizations and Excellence in Teaching Award in Graduate Programs of the School for Professional Studies at Regis University.

Theodore C. Ning, Jr., MD HL.D (hon)
International Development
Sep 2008 - Present

Dr. Ted Ning, a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School (Urology), has more than 20 years of international rural development experience in South East Asia and Central America. He is the co-founder of Friendship Bridge and through which he has provided medical relief and microcredit projects in Vietnam and Guatemala.

In 2007, the University of Colorado Board of Regents awarded Dr. Ning a honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (HL.D). He has also founded Starfish One by One, a nonprofit focused on children's education in Guatemala and Mexico. He continues as Clinical Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Ram Balak Singh
UNESCO/Nepal Education
Nov 2008 - Present

Mr. Singh has extensive knowledge of the Nepali Education System having worked with the Ministry of Education for over 30 years. After retiring from the MoE, he has been consulting with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Nepal for the last 5 years on Education for All initiative.

ShaTin Rai
Founder & Executive Director
Apr 2008 - Present

Growing up in Nepal and South India, ShaTin encountered many poor communities and observed their lack of choices in living their lives. He was fortunate enough to have attended Kodaikanal International School, an elite boarding school in South India. There he understood the difference a quality education provides in the choices and opportunities one has in life. After completing graduate studies and working as a software engineer in the United States, his focus has switched to his long standing desire in making a difference for others trapped by their lack of choices. He believes the blame primarily lies in the poor quality of education available to them, and to solve it, he places importance in showing these impoverished communities how to improve the quality of their education. ShaTin brings the passion and determination it takes to make Thus Thought vision a reality, and it shows by his commitment to the team and his intense desire to educate students in the 3rd world.

Chandra "Akash" Rai
Founder & Community Relations
May 2008 - Present

Chandra was born in Chhinamakhu village, Nepal. He studied at the local village school till tenth grade. He went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Master’s Degree in Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has also completed Paralegal Studies from the Community College of Denver, Colorado. As an attorney in Nepal, he advocated and fought against human rights abuses and for justice of indigent people. Chandra has always felt his schooling in the local village was of poor standards and ever since he has had a deep desire to work on improving the quality of education of his village school. When he heard of Thus Thought’s concept about the educational project for Nepalese remote villages, he felt like it was an ideal match with his own desire for improving his village school. “A Nepali proverb comes to mind”, he says and which goes like, “One was looking for a stone, but instead he found god.” He is a co-founder of Thus Thought with the primary roles of communication and community organizing.

Ashante Butcher
Early Childhood Education and Curriculum
Aug 2008 - Present

Ashante has brought Thus Thought much talent and enthusiasm in the education field to make the project a reality. Ashante Butcher is an Early Childhood Specialist and the Coordinator of the School Readiness Quality Improvement Program with the State of Colorado. The School Readiness Quality Improvement Program is a federally funded program with the aim of improving the school readiness of children, five years of age or younger, in select Colorado communities. Ashante previously taught early childhood education at the undergraduate level, and has provided program consultation to early education service providers to support school, center, and family based early learning programs in achieving standards for high quality care through the use of enhanced educational materials, specialized teacher training, and increased parental involvement. Ashante has worked as a research assistant at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Denver Museum of Nature of Science, executing research schemes to inform school planning, and projects with goals of promoting child and family education, health, and well being. She has extensive knowledge of: developmentally appropriate practice in early care and education, early intervention strategies, special education, family-centered approaches to education, implementing programs for culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and teacher mentoring. Ashante received her B.A. in Anthropology and M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado. She is currently a M.P.H. degree candidate at Walden University.

Karen Hinds
Secondary Education and Curriculum
Feb 2009 - Present

Karen Hinds received her BA in Humanities & French from CU Boulder and her MA in Curriculum & Instruction with an English Language Learners (ELL) Focus from the University of Denver. She has taught students aged 3 to 70 in China, Denver, San Francisco, and Italy. Karen has taught high school Language Arts in the Denver Public School district and has also taught at a charter school that serves an immigrant population in the Denver metro area. She has served as a student teacher mentor, and been an advisor for the National Honor Society. She has written curriculum for Secondary Education classes, ELL courses, and ELL summer camps. She has taught students from all over the world and, in the process, learned immeasurably from them. Karen is an enthusiastic, high-energy educator who is dedicated to helping people of all backgrounds achieve their goals in life while creating a more peaceful, mindful, sustainable planet. She brings a global perspective to Thus Thought and has contributed greatly to the success of the Student Handbook.

Lila Nagarajan Jokanovic
Education Programs
Sep 2010 - Present

Lila Nagarajan Jokanovic is a writer and educator. She is passionate in her belief that all children, everywhere, deserve a high quality education and a safe place to learn. She developed and ran a successful writing program for at-risk teens in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood for five years. At present, she concurrently teaches part time at the college level and full time at a Montessori elementary school.

Patrick O'Fallon
Apr 2008 - Apr 2010

Patrick O’Fallon is native to Colorado, yet his knowledge of business and technical skills know no limit. Patrick received his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and is now an owner of an 8 person technology company based in Denver. Patrick met ShaTin in college at Regis University where they found much in common and have been great friends ever since, always pursuing better methods of advancing societies near and far. Although Patrick and ShaTin have engaged in various "for profit" computer endeavors with a select team of professionals and have seen much success, 2008 presented a new question of professional and personal fulfillment - and Thus Thought was the answer. Patrick remains an owner of the technology company and brings a great deal of business experience and passion for success to Thus Thought. Currently, Patrick has taken a leave of absence from Thus Thought to focus on his desire to pursue a career in Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.

Sarita Gurung
Fundraising, Nepali Community & Donor Relations
Sep 2008 - Apr 2010

Sarita was the prime time news anchor of the national channel Nepal Television in the 1990s. As a result, she is well known among the Nepali communities around the world. She participates actively in the US Nepali organizations.

Prem Kumari Rai
President of Village Education Committee (VEC) - Chhinamakhu VDC
Jun 2008 - Present

Mrs. Prem Kumari Rai is the president of Thus Thought's Village Education Committee (VEC), Chhinamakhu. She has spent her entire life doing social work. She has served two terms as a village development committee (VDC) chairman and has also successfully fulfilled the responsibility of vice president of Koshi Zone for the national women organization. She is actively involved with all the important village and district committees such as the Red Cross Society, School Management Committee, Village Transportation Management Committee and other groups. Mrs. Rai is a well respected village elder and a strong advocate for education and its impact on the quality of life.

Pranika Koyu
Nepal Country Coordinator / Nepali Translation
Aug 2008 - Present

Pranika is currently working with UN-OHCHR (UN Agency for Human Rights) since 2007 as interpreter/translator/human rights assistant. Her areas of involvement in particular is Social, Economic, Cultural Rights of the discriminated groups in Nepal. Prior to OHCHR, she worked with UNESCO in the field of education, communication and cultural heritage. Both her work with these two UN Agencies includes community outreach in terms of research, need assessment, advocacy and strengthening the capacity of the community. She has been the student of Literature, Economics and Sociology.

Laxmi Rai
Quality Coach
Apr 2010 - Present

Laxmi is the first female student to pass tenth grade national examination (SLC) from her village in 1973. She brings over twenty years of teaching experience in Nepal working with various national and international NGOs. She has taught children at elementary school level, adults in literacy programs and facilitators of training programs. Under PACT Nepal, she received leadership, management and facilitator training. Following three years, she organized and trained women literacy program facilitators in Kathmandu, Bardia, Jhapa, Paanchther, IIIam, Bhojpur, Bhaktapur, Narayanghat, Biratnagar, Nuwakot, Jumla and Dandheldhura. From 1997 onwards, she formed her own consultancy to provide literacy refresher training for facilitators with CSD and DEPROS NGOs. She also conducted field research in Illam, Panchthar, Taplejung, Dhading and Chitwan with SNV Nepal, Centre for MicroFinance (CMF) and Nepal Consultant.

501(c)(3) Organization

Thus Thought is registered as a Nonprofit Corporation with the State of Colorado. We have obtained a tax exempt public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Contributions to us are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.


If you look at your own life, the quality of the education you received has given you the choices and opportunities that you have. You have an opportunity to do the same for many young eager students by Adopting-a-Project.

Thus Thought Adopt-a-Projects 2010



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