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Nepal Children’s Home Gains Backers

Tori Johnston, left, and Victoria McGinnis
Tori Johnston, left, and Victoria McGinnis

Chhahari, Inc., a home in Kathmandu, Nepal, for 23 at-risk and orphaned children, added two Laguna Beach residents to its board, Tori Johnston and Victoria McGinnis.

Johnston, who works as an audio programming manager for an in-flight entertainment company, immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland 22 years ago and lived in Sri Lanka. She taught English to adult students. “Since that time, I have always encouraged every young person I know to expose themselves to experiences like this.  To live fully in another culture and to learn from it is humbling and magical. It helps one put the world in better perspective.”

McGinnis, a jazz singer, also develops digital media for television and corporate clients through her company, Pale Moonlight Productions.

Chhahari founder and former banker Christine Casey established the nonprofit in 2007 after trekking in Nepal and seeing desperate street urchins in terrible physical condition.

The organization plans a fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 11, at the home of Ann and Jim Shea. RSVP at


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