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You wake up early morning and hear your dad saying over the phone “Beta, I’m doing well, you need to keep up your hard work.” You want to ask, “Dad! Are you really alright, there?” However, you become numb and carefully weight on every words your dad has pronounced. It then becomes your power and your strength to rise up again although you don’t know what’s next. The process then continues. That’s how my life was like while living on a foreign land. Asian University for Women (AUW), in Bangladesh, the university where I completed undergraduate degree from on a full scholarship, was more like an ideal world. Although I missed family often and it put me down especially during festivals, I felt so much relieved when I didn’t have to remind my parents about my tuition fee. I didn’t need to worry about payment to be made for using internet or the library. Despite each of our (AUW students) differences, AUW was home away from home. We were unique with our challenges and therefore our c...

From early on in life, my siblings were very ambitious. Compared to me, they performed well in school. This is the reason why my parents had high expectations from me as well. Add to that, we had come to Kathmandu and had struggled to adjust with the city life. Our family once came to that point in life when my father lost his job because he didn’t want to take a bribe and we had financial difficulties. The situation made my parents insecure about our future so they wanted us to grow up and land on secure and high paying jobs. However, apart from studies, I also had interests in a lot of other things. During my high school and college, I was interested in sports; I was an active basketball player. I also participated and won two beauty pageant titles; Queen Nepal 2010 and 1st Runner up in Miss Youth Nepal 2015. I even worked as a VJ for a program in Nepal Television. Scoring the highest in English in SLC from my school was another big achievement for me. The dream my parents...

Coming from a middle class family, it was my dream to become a successful and independent woman. Besides this, I didn’t have other dreams, but after joining Teach For Nepal, I have started dreaming again. My aim now is changing the lives of children who are deprived of quality education. I had no idea that I would want to be a Teach For Nepal fellow until I was moved by the words of Shisir Dai. His words motivated me to apply for the fellowship. My parents were hesitant about me changing the career path and becoming a teacher after they invested so much in me. But, I convinced them to join this wonderful movement. I know that the two years of fellowship will be an adventurous journey for me. However, I am excited about going to a new place and giving my all to achieve the best results for the students whom I will be teaching.

I am from Bijalpura, Mahottari. I was born in Bijalpura and my childhood passed in my village until I completed the SLC. When I reflect on my past, I am proud of my past work with youth and women. I have established an organization (Youth Network for Peace and Development) for youth and have united young people who were otherwise moving toward joining armed groups. The network now has 52 youth clubs as members, from 52 VDCs of Mahottari District. While working with women I have supported women of Mahottari and Dhanusha district in uniting and establishing their own organizations. In Suga VDC of Mahottari District, there are women involved in Mithila Painting who are earning a good amount from that. I initially asked them what skills they had, and they explored Mithila painting skills. After that, they started working in the group with the seed grant I was able to provide. I first learned about TFN through Facebook. I became very happy and excited as I looked deeper into the TFN w...

While I was teaching in a school, one of my students in Grade 2 lost her father. Being the eldest child, she was given the responsibility of her father’s funeral. Despite going through such a hard time, she patiently managed to handle her household responsibilities and her studies simultaneously. This was a very inspiring moment for me. Even I was going through a difficult time at home. My father had met with an accident and the financial burden of my family was upon my shoulders, too. I also had the responsibility of taking care of my siblings. Before this, our parents had always pampered us. Despite coming from a remote village of Terai region and starting off with just a small room, one bed and a few utensils, they had made sure we had the most comfortable life. They worked extra time just to fulfil our wishes and we never had to worry about anything before. But with the new situation and challenges at hand, I was scared and not strong enough for the responsibilities yet. I wa...

Since childhood, I wanted to study engineering in order to build things that would make life easier. I accomplished this by attending a good school. During the course of my study, I was interested in the organization “Engineers Without Borders” where engineers like me would travel around the world to rural communities and help build basic infrastructure. While studying in the US, I worked at different places earning minimum wage. I realized life is not a ‘bed of roses’ for people working in labor jobs. When I came across Teach for Nepal, I found graduates like me helping to eradicate education inequity in Nepal. This is the perfect platform to me since I would not only help children learn but also be in the community and participate in an exchange of teaching and learning. After the fellowship I plan on travelling throughout rural Nepal to help build basic infrastructure. It will also help me to build leadership skills and understand people’s lives.

I was born in Chisapani, Khotang, which is also my mother’s birthplace. I grew up in different parts of eastern Nepal. When I was 4, my family moved from Madheli to Bala VDC, in Sankhuwasabha. I received my primary education in a school in Khandbari. After 5 years my family moved to Inaruwa, Sunsari where I completed my schooling. I did my +2 from SOS HGS, Sanothimi and my Bachelor’s in Engineering from Khwopa Engineering College. I was going through The Himalayan Times paper when I first saw the advertisement for Teach for Nepal. The numbers in the advertisement were intriguing. And I was excited about the idea. I don’t know exactly why I applied. I had just completed my Bachelor’s and I was searching for some kind of job experience before going on to do my Master’s. So I initially thought of this as another job -- but it was made clear that it was not going to be a regular job. I had a general idea of what was going to happen. But I did not know it was going to be this big...

My mentor whom I met in the early years of my life has been the biggest source of inspiration for me. Coming from a foreign land, he dedicated years of his life teaching children in a school in my neighborhood. I feel lucky that he chose our neighborhood to live in because that’s how I met him. He lent me his books and inspired me to become an avid reader. It was after meeting him that I started visiting my school’s library often and losing myself in the world of books. He also gave me suggestions whenever I felt lost. I still talk to him on a regular basis and it always feels good to do that. After the completion of my Bachelor of Civil Engineering, I had many options to choose from. I had option to work as an Engineer. I even took a standardized test to apply for studying abroad but I was not really excited by the idea of going to another country yet. I wanted to do something bigger. My mentor’s presence in my life has always been so valuable to me that I've wanted to crea...

Finding knowledge-based education in Nepal is hard. I have only found marks-based education until now. As a student I have felt the inequity of education in my country. Today, I gear up to try and solve this problem through this fellowship. I want my students to not just score well and pass, but to learn about life, and learn to change their community and country. After my decision to join this movement, my first challenge was to make my parents believe in my decision. They were very upset at the beginning but became more supportive after they attended the parents event organized by Teach For Nepal. It excites me that I am going to touch the lives of many children, as I will be trying to be a change-agent. I dream of becoming a successful scientist conducting research in cancer, and this fellowship will be the first step towards my long term dream. I believe these two years will be a transformative experience for me, just as it was for my predecessors.

I grew up attending both private and public schools. I have first hand experience when it comes to the issue of educational inequality between public and private schools. One year in public school, I secured the highest percentage in my class but had to repeat a year when I transferred to a private school because of my poor English. I am proud of my educational attainment. I belong to a lower middle class family and my parents had no formal education. Given my parents’ poor economic abilities, it was very difficult to get to where I am now, academically. I almost dropped out of school and worked a local job like my brothers, but I decided to continue with my education. I feel happy that I will have completed my Bachelor’s degree very soon. I came to know about Teach For Nepal from my school, Jyotidaya Cooperative Secondary School. I was certain that I wanted to be a part of this movement. Before finding out about Teach For Nepal, I felt like I was a frog trapped inside a well...

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