“Empowerment Through Education” — Friends of Himalayan Children

Batase Village Girls Trip to Kathmandu

It is a trip that the girls will be talking about for a very long time. 40 young girls arrived in Kathmandu after a 6 hour bus journey. For the majority of the girls this was their very first time outside the village and their first time exposed to city life.

The girls settled into their hotel and all enjoyed their very first steaming hot shower and then off to a local restaurant for a huge feast of Dahl Baht. All of the girls gathered in one of the bedrooms to share stories and to discuss the purpose of the trip. Sanu Maya talked passionately about her determination to complete high school, and at aged 22 and studying in Grade 10, Sanu Maya showed the girls that anything was possible. Phulmaya told her powerful story of being denied the right to an education by her parents until aged 12. Phulmaya was proud to tell the girls that she is now studying Pharmacy in Kathmandu and if she can do so can the other girls.

Village girls see the sights of Kathmandu

Som Tamang spoke about his story of being denied an education and the difficulties that he has been through but acknowledged that the girls will struggle more because of the lesser value Nepalese society places of girls. The conversations carried on into the early hours of the morning.

After breakfast the following morning the large group visited Kathmandu’s iconic sites. The tour started at Durbar Square where everyone saw the only living Goddess in the world “Kumari”. Next stop was at Buddha Park, then onto a museum before finishing the tour at Swayambunath Temple. Everyone was tired and hungry and a feast of Dahl Baht quickly restored everyone’s energy. The girls then visited the very special and tranquil “Garden of Dreams”, an oasis of calm and peacefulness in the middle of chaotic Kathmandu. The girls had fun on the swing and everyone was treated to a delicious ice cream. The girls danced, smiled and saw a world very different from all that they have known.

A well earned ice-cream

That night, all of the girls were asked to share their thoughts about the difficulties of being a girl in Nepal and how to overcome the obstacles that they faced each day. The strong message that came across was that education was the key, providing choices and opportunities. Sanjita spoke about the fear that she would feel when speaking in front of people and how after gaining confidence and knowledge since attending school, she feels strong when speaking in front of others. The girls spoke about their concerns in relation to the lack of Grade 9 and 10 at Batase School. Twelve girls agreed that their education will finish at Grade 8 unless the school can provide Grade 9 and 10. Som Tamang agreed that Grade 9 and 10 is a basic human right and the Friends of Himalayan Children will do what it takes to provide this for the students.

The girls returned to Batase village the following morning with the promise that is they continue their education that another trip will be planned next year.

The girls shared their concerns, challenges, fears and hopes for the future during the trip. Being in Kathmandu allowed the girls to imagine possibilities outside of the village and most importantly they felt valued, listened to and cared for. These amazing girls are the future of Nepal.

(Sunday, February 17, 2013)

About FHC

Friends of Himalayan Children Inc. is a registered charity started by Som Tamang in 2010. It funds numerous activities in Nepal, aimed at helping Nepalese orphans empower themselves through education. Current projects include the XXX school and hostel.

Charity Number: 54788547

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