Our children all come from extraordinary lives, lives that those of us from privileged backgrounds would find difficult to comprehend. Here are some of there stories.
Saraswati Bayalkuti the oldest of five siblings living at the hostel. She, her three sisters and brother were discovered fending for themselves in one of the outlying villages, having been effectively abandoned by their parents, who had gone to Kathmandu in search of work. Saraswati carries one of her sisters, who is disabled, to school on her back.
Nijita Bayalkuti is the second of five siblings living at the hostel. She, her three sisters and brother were discovered fending for themselves in one of the outlying villages, having been effectively abandoned by their parents, who had gone to Kathmandu in search of work. Nijita suffers from a hip problem which makes walking very difficult for her. Consequently, her older sister carries her the 500m to and from school each day, on her back.
Bikram Bayalkuti is the middle child of five siblings living at the hostel. He and his four sisters were discovered fending for themselves in one of the outlying villages, having been effectively abandoned by their parents, who had gone to Kathmandu in search of work. Bikram is a very bright, curious and conscientious student, who will do well in life, given a chance.
Radhika Bayalkuti is the second youngest of five siblings living at the hostel. She, her three sisters and brother were discovered fending for themselves in one of the outlying villages, having been effectively abandoned by their parents, who had gone to Kathmandu in search of work. She looks out for her youngest sister, who is only 5.
Asmita comes from Talamarang, but lives in Batase with her grandmother and her 2 older sisters. She is in Grade 8 and her grandmother has asked FHC for help with the cost of her education.
Budhiman has been living at Batase Hostel for more than six months now, and studies in Grade 4 at Batase School. His father has died and his mother has gone to work as a housekeeper in Kubeth. He was living at home with his elder brother and sister in Batase, but his sister has since gone to live and work in Kathmandu.
Som Bahadur Tamang is 13 years old and studies grade 8 at Batase Secondary school. His favourite subject is Nepali, and he is a keen footballer. Before coming to the hostel, Som lived with his father, mother, grandmother, grandfather and two younger sisters – Anita and Sundari. Som came to the hostel when his mother passed away last year from falling from a height. His father could no longer support himself and his three young children as well as looking after their farm and animals. He would like to study to become a great teacher.
Pasang is 13 years old. His mother died in the earthquake. He was accepted into the hostel over 2 years ago. He enjoys football and volleyball.
Mingmar is 13 years old and is studying grade 7. She has one older sister, Dolma, who is currently staying in middle hostel with the older children. Dolma and Mingmar have been part of the FHC family for 7 years. Their mother passed away and their father Pemda couldn’t cope. Neighbours requested FHC support.
Dolma Lama is 16 years old and is studying grade 9. She has one younger sister, Mingmar who is also living at the FHC hostel. Mingmar is 13 years old and studying grade 7. Dolma and Mingmar have been part of the FHC family for 7 years. Their mother passed away and their father Pemda was unable to support them.
Gyanmaya is 14 years old and came to the hostel with her little sister Apsara. She has 3 other sisters and 3 brothers. Her mother and 3 year old brother died in the 2015 earthquake. Before she came to the hostel, she lived in a small house with 2 small beds for her, 3 siblings and their father. They were cold. Gyanmaya’s father is very old and cannot care for his children or pay for their schooling. He wanted Gyanmaya to work on the farm and stop school. But when the opportunity came up, he gladly allowed them to come to the FHC hostel.
Dorje is 13 years old and studies in grade 8. Dorje is an only child. His father passed away, and his mother lives in Dubai and subsequently remarried, leaving Dorje with his grandmother. His grandmother became too old to care for him, and we took Dorje into the hostel several years ago. Dorje enjoys reading and studying, and wants to be a teacher when he grows up.
Rasundra Tamang is 11 years old. He studies grade 5 at Batase Secondary school. He and his younger sister Sangita – now six – came to the FHC hostel three years ago. Prior to coming to the hostel Rasundra was living in Urlani village in his uncle’s house with his paternal grandmother. When Rasundra’s father died his mother remarried and left him and his younger sister with his grandmother. But his grandmother was too old to take care of the children. Rasundra and his younger sister are now very happy and healthy young kids. With the help of a sponsor, Rasundra’s dream of becoming a teacher when he grows up may become a reality with a good education.
Sunil is 13 years old and studies grade 6. He and his 2 sisters came to the hostel almost 2 years ago. Their father died 4 years previously and their mother has been missing in Kuwait for 3 years. Older sister Aarati raised Sunil, but
schooling was impossible in their extreme poverty. Now instead of cutting grass and labouring in the paddock, Sunil spend time doing his homework and learning life skills that he and his sisters are very grateful for.
Rabin Chalise is a young boy living at the FHC hostel in Batase. He was born on 11, 15, 2065, or 26 February 2009 in our calendar, and attends grade 4 in the temporary school. His father, Ram Bahadur and his mother, Gauri, are subsistence farmers, although his father sometimes gets work as a driver. His sister Rabina also lives at the hostel, and is being sponsored through FHC. His family is desperately poor, and their small plot of land is supporting another brother and sister of Rabin, as well as his parents and grandparents.
Aising is 10 years old. We took in Aising and siblings Som Bahadur, Sanju Maya and Manju 3 years ago. Their mother left the children to live with her own mother, as she was suffering from illness herself. They had been living with their Dad, who lost everything in the earthquake and was unable to recover, or even support his children. His big brother Anil is a great support to FHC.
Bishnay is 12 years old. He is a gifted singer and a diligent student. Growing up in extreme poverty and harsh family circumstances, he left the village at the age of 10 to work in a ring-making workshop in Kathmandu. Bishnay is now in the care of FHC at our Batase hostel, and he is considered one of the most inspiring, caring and promising students in the village.
Rina Tamang, 9 years old. Rina comes from the outlying village of Helambu. Along with her sister, Dolma, she is seeking help from FHC to continue her education. Both girls have applied for places at the hostel.
Dolma Tamang, 7 years old. Dolma comes from the outlying village of Helambu. Along with her sister, Rina, she is seeking help from FHC to continue her education. Both girls have applied for places at the hostel.
Bimala Tamang funded her own education, to Grade 8, by working in a restaurant. Due to family hardship, she had to leave school and help on the family farm. Now, desperate to resume her schooling, she has applied to FHC for assistance. Because of the distance to school, she hopes to live part-time at the hostel. One of her two younger brothers, who is in Grade 11, is funding his own education by working in construction; both brothers also help on the farm. Bimala’s father is an alcoholic.
Your sponsorship will help to break the cycle for children in Nepal. For more information on sponsoring a child and helping to support the vulnerable living in Batase Village, you can download a copy of the FHC Sponsorship Application Form or contact us on +61 439 782 563.
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