From student to teacher: Bikash teaches in his childhood classroom.
He sat as a student in the very same classroom he teaches in now. For Bikash Lama and many of his peers (read Meena’s story here), life has undoubtedly come full circle.
Bikash has been associated with Asian Aid’s sponsorship program in Nepal for the last 16 years. His mother brought him to the school in Kathmandu when he was eight years old, hoping he would have better opportunities for education. Since then, he has gained a bigger family. Bikash came first in his school leaving examinations, a significant achievement considering how competitive these exams are. He is now doing his Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration and wants to be an entrepreneur.
However, his biggest dream is to help ‘his’ school. He has been teaching at the school for the last six years already. His two brothers, and friends Dipraj and Sanjita (read their stories here) were also sponsored through Asian Aid, and just like Bikash, they are being equipped for life by people like you – generous supporters in overseas countries.
“The people here are like god for me. I am here because of them. When I am successful in the future and able to make a life for myself and my family, it will be because of them.”
Rama Basnet, the school principal, says, “He is brilliant and capable. He is great at teaching maths. He was wanted in all different schools, but he chose to work here to help us and Asian Aid. Students see him as a big brother, although sometimes he is very strict.” She laughs, and adds, “Students say that they understand Math because of him!”
If he hadn’t come here, what would life be like?
“I cannot describe that,” says Rama. “There would have been no future for him.”
Because of our caring and compassionate supporters, young people like Bikash can dream of a better future. Thank YOU for empowering children and young people to grow strong for life.
To give more children an opportunity to be the change, please Sponsor a Child, donate to our Education Program, or call (+61) 02 6586 4250.
Author: Pudens Isabel
One part writer, one part photographer & two parts traveller…
Two years ago I decided something needed to change, so I quit my corporate job and started working for Asian Aid from my home in India.
Since then I have been visiting Asian Aid projects with my camera and notebook in tow, to bring pictures and stories from the field to you.