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From Afghanistan to World Bank, Youth Orchestra Brings a Beautiful Harmony

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Afghanistan National Institute of Music Concert

Students from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) play in the Wolfensohn Atrium.

There are days when your faith in humanity is not only restored but strengthened. Today was one of those days.

On a sunny afternoon in Washington, D.C., young students from Afghanistan showed off their musical talent in an orchestral performance at the World Bank.

I was inspired and excited to see the group of musicians, aged 9 to 21, who had travelled so far from a war-torn country to perform. As someone who grew up during a decade-long civil war in Nepal, I can in some ways relate to their hard work, persistence, and determination to excel despite all odds.

Opportunities for youth: What I learnt from my World Bank internship

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As I skateboarded around downtown Washington last summer, in my shabby shirt and torn up shoes, I thought the World Bank buildings were just some everyday banks, where one went to exchange international money.

Little did I know that the very next summer I would be catching the metro―instead of my skateboard―wearing a button up shirt, tie, slacks, and shiny shoes, to intern in the External Affairs department of the World Bank.

Shakira brings hope for kids in Latin America (and some glamour to the World Bank...)

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In a place full of economists and other nerdy types, glamour is hard to come by. That's right, I'm talking about the World Bank (with the exception of the Youthink! team, of course).

So, it was pretty exciting when pop superstar Shakira visited the other day.

Even more exciting, though, is the project that Shakira came to launch: a $300 million partnership with the World Bank to invest in children in the Latin America and Caribbean region.