Sarmila Tamang is an orphan child who has been living in the hostel in Batase village for 6 months. During that time we have watched her go from a shy young girl into a happy, confident child. If you are familiar with the work of Friends of Himalayan Children, you will have encountered many people with the Tamang surname. Most of our work takes place in Batase village, a village populated by the Tamang people. Many of these people, including Som Tamang who founded FHC, take Tamang as a surname when they encounter Westerners and Western countries.