In January, our wonderful Laxmi left her Ama Ghar home to live in Pokhara to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health. We will miss her, but we are thrilled that she'll have the opportunity not only to pursue her dream career but also to live in a beautiful place like Pokhara. Anyone who has visited Nepal will remember Pokhara as the place where the mountains appear to grow right out of the luminous waters of Lake Fewa. It's the beginning of the Annapurna Circuit, and a popular place for tourists from around the world.
Laxmi has wanted to be either a doctor or a dentist since the day she came to Ama Ghar. As a small child, before she came to Ama Ghar, she was forced to work long, grueling hours in the fields near her home village, with no time for school or play. But as soon as she entered school, she caught up fast, and has always been a hard working and determined young lady.
Once she has achieved her Bachelor's Degree, she hopes to work in a village like the one she came from, where she can teach local people how to care for their own health and wellness. Thank you to our GlobalGiving supporters for helping us to send Laxmi to school - you have helped to transform her life from that of a child laborer to a healthcare professional.
First of all, many thanks and happy holidays to our Global Giving donors - we have some good news to share in this update.
Last time we told you about the girls who are seeking health care careers, and today we can tell you some wonderful, though bittersweet, news. It's bittersweet because it means that these young women have to leave their brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles at Ama Ghar and go out into the world, which is sometimes a tough adjustment, but the good news is that they have found placement in degree programs in public health.
Laxmi (shown in the photo above with her brothers and sisters) is now studying at Pokhara University for her Bachelors in Public Health, Kalpana and Pabitra have left for hostels in Kathmandu where they are taking a three year Health Assistant course and a Pharmacy course, respectively. This is very exciting for these girls, who came to us from a remote village and now will have a chance to live on their own as young adults and study hard so that they can support themselves.
Our mission at Ama Ghar is to provide a loving, supportive home for these children when they are young, and then to support them in accomplishing the highest degree of education that their talents will allow, so that they can become self-supporting adults and good Nepali citizens. Thank you for helping us to accomplish that mission - we couldn't do it without you.
Exciting news! Three of our Ama Ghar girls are enrolled in courses destined to give them careers in the health care field. Kalpana, Pabitra and Krishana have always wanted to give back and help others as they have been helped in their lives, and they have decided that working in the health care field will give them the opportunity to carry out that dream.
The girls arise early every day and take a bus into Kathmandu to attend their classes. Kalpana and Pabitra (both 19) came to Ama Ghar from the remote village of Pyuthan when they were only 9 years old because they had no family to support them. Instead of becoming household slaves or field workers, they have been part of a large and loving family, attended English-speaking schools, where they excelled, and now, thanks to the generosity of our donors, they are embarked on a course that will end with a nursing degree and a fulfilling career. Krishana, who is the same age and came to us at the same time, is a talented dancer and once dreamed of a dancing career. Although she'll never abandon her dancing, she has realized that she has to pay her own way, so she's studying to be a health care assistant as well. She has always been a particularly loving person who has cared for her brothers and sisters, so she is extremely well-suited to this career.
All three girls expressed their appreciation to our donors for giving them this opportunity - thank you!
Thanks to great supporters like our friends at GlobalGiving, our students are doing well and are being supported in some unpaid - but very valuable - internships. The job market in Kathmandu is extremely tough, so it's wonderful progress for the kids to be able to get the kind of internships that will help them to have a "step up" on the competition for jobs. Here's a progress report on the students you are supporting:
Manisha continues to do very well in her Bachelor's Degree program in hospitality, and Sajan has taken on a three month internship at the Summit Hotel before he starts at the government Hotel Management School Bachelor's program.
Kalpana Thapa is taking Spanish classes and has an internship at the Patan Museum Cafe - she will apply for Flight Attendant training at the end of the summer. Kalpana Pun and Pabitra are interning at the local Health Post in Kitini and will be taking teh health Assistant exam in July.
Ashok continues to excelt in IT and will enroll in a Bachelor's program, and Laxmi and Ganga are applying for internships in secretarial work and accounting.
These are tremendous change in the dynamics of our family, but we are recognizing our dream - and our mission - of educating and guiding each individual Ama Ghar child to a successful future. With your help, we can make dreams come true!
Once again, many thanks to our Global Giving donors for helping our childrens' dreams come true. One of the seven older Ama Ghar children benefiting from Global Giving education donations is Ashok, who is pursuing his dreams of becoming a programmer by getting his Bachelor's in Computer Science - he only has one more year to go!
Ashok has always been a bright and talented young man - he is one of the best English speakers at Ama Ghar. When we first received some donated computers for the kids to learn on, Ashok was only ten years old. He taught himself word processing and spreadsheet programs, and like all the children, he was particularly interested in learning to work on photographs in PhotoShop! By the time he was old enough to take Computer Lab in school, he was already a whiz.
In addition to his schoolwork, Ashok is one of the Ama Ghar children who benefits from a Saturday morning computer class, taught pro bono by an I.T. company in Kathmandu. He is definitely one of their best students, so we hope that there may be a job awaiting him at this company - but if not, he will surely qualify for something else in Kathmandu's burgeoning I.T. community.
This is an unbelievable opportunity for a boy who was born to a family in a remote village who couldn't support him - if he had not come to Ama Ghar, he would probably be working as a menial worker or a field hand... but thanks to your support and our Ama Ghar mission of supporting these children until they can support themselves, he will soon achieve his dream of becoming a computer programmer - what you do makes such a difference. Thank you!
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