By: Summit Rana
MSH Nepal from a well wisher and a friend received news about 3 children of a family who had no access to school due to lack of proper income in their family.MSH Nepal visited their rented one small room where they lived with their mother. We were moved to hear their mother’s life story. She tells us that her inability to send her children to school even when she want them to be educated and have a better future, sometimes makes cry and makes her feel like she is a bad mother who cannot provide for her children.
Lakpa Lama is 29 years old; she was married at a very young age and has 3 children. She is from a small village in makwanpur, a small district of Nepal. She was married to a man serving in the Nepal Army. After he retired from the army he became an alcoholic and wasted away all his property and savings on alcohol and on his extra marital affairs with different women. About a year ago he left her and his children for another woman, leaving them with nothing and to fend for themselves. Without any money, no job and no skills for a job, she started to sell metal bracelets and bangles to tourists in Thamel a popular tourist spot of Nepal. Everyday with just a handful of bangles and bracelets she roams around on the streets of Thamel coaxing tourists to buy her merchandise. But the merchandise she sells is not so appealing to tourists and she cannot afford to buy much trendier ones due to lack of money. She hardly sells enough to make ends meet and some days she cannot find a single buyer. The income from the sales is hardly enough to pay the rent of her rented room and to provide for basic everyday necessities.
Ashok Lama, Lakpa’s eldest son is 14 years old. He has not been to school for more than three years. Ravi Lama, Lakpa’s second son is 12 years old and like his elder brother has not stepped foot inside a classroom for more than three years. Khusbhu Lama, she is the youngest of Lakpa’s three children. She is 7 years old and is very sweet and charming. Like her brothers she also has not been to school.
MSH Nepal took the responsibility for their education and basic needs. We put up notices in our website for interested individuals to sponsor these children and soon we found a kind hearted and generous person who agreed to sponsor not only one but all three of them. We were very happy to inform them that soon they too will be going to school like their friends. Lakpa was in tears to know that her children will be going to school. We got them admitted to a school as soon as possible as the academic session was about to start. We then got their uniforms ready and bought their books and necessary items for them. Ashok, Ravi and khusbhu looked very happy in their new uniform and were excited to attend school again, with new hopes, new dreams and new determination.