Bishnu’s DreamBishnu Devi Khadka, 19, is a 12th grader who had been building a dream–to become the most well-educated woman in her village in Baglung and do something big. She was one of the few exceptional students, who despite studying in a local village school, was able to score first division grades in her 10th grade board examination. She even got 91 percent in Science, a subject she wanted to pursue for her higher studies but could not as it was too expensive for her parents. Nonetheless, she kept her spirit up and continued her education, studying to become a teacher. [Clickhere, here and here for blog posts about the challenges of being a student in rural Nepal and to truly appreciate Bishnu's academic achievements to date.]But on August 12, when her father’s dead body was brought home from Qatar, along with the realization of debts that the family now owed to so many people, she saw this as the death of her dream as well.Dol Bahadur Khadka, Bishnu Devi’s father, had gone to Qatar as a construction worker in April this year. The family, like that of most migrant workers from Nepal, had taken huge loans for him to go to Qatar. But, just after three months, in July, Dol Bahadur, 53, died in an accident at the construction site where he was working.Now, the family is in debt. Even though the insurance here has paid off $7000, the family still owes another $2000. They have already sold all their land, and while we were there, they were in the process of selling their only buffalo.Bishnu Devi, her mother, and her six brothers and sisters, have no idea how they are going to sustain their family. They’re waiting on the compensation that the company in Qatar has yet to pay them to clear the debts, but have very little hope of actually receiving it.Bishnu Devi says she feels helpless for her family, who now-a-days do nothing but weep all day. She understands the family can’t afford her education anymore. But she still hopes. She still hopes that somehow she can still study and keep her dream alive.
Organization: Walk For Nepal (Have a read of the Slideshare slides for more information on who they are and how it works. COMMITTED has had representation in past walks, most recently in Washington, DC, this past summer.)
Date: November 10, 2013
Venue: River Legacy Park, Arlington, TexasRegistration: Follow this link. Under partner organization, select COMMITTED. Once you register, be sure to let your friends know so that they can sponsor you.Sponsor a walker: Follow this link.
Nov. 12, 2013
Education Program Director