There was only my father to take care of me, but due to the social customs of my village my father was compelled for another marriage. My step-mom never loved me. I was treated as a servant of the house. Grazing the animals and cutting the grass was my daily routine. My father changed into a type of devil. Pain and sorrow started filling my heart. So I learnt hate more than love. I lived this way for seven years.
“Growing up in a poor family as a handicapped child and a girl, I almost had no hopes and dream in my childhood. My destiny was to live hidden away in my parent’s house as a burden and shame to the family members.”
LSF graduate Sharda battled to complete her education despite polio, stigma, and friends kidnapped in front of her during civil war. Today, she works for Save the Children and has a family and daughter of her own.
“Today I am an educated person. I work and I am self-dependent. I have a smile in my face. I can prove and show to those who were opposing to send me to school that education is the only thing that makes life better.”
When I was doing my 10th grade I got married to an orphan boy from the same caste of the same area. I came to Kathmandu following my husband who was preparing to take the test for the lowest position in the military. I started working as a cleaning lady for our living. To be admitted in the 11th grade was a distant dream for me. Right at this time I met Usha Didi. She encouraged me and helped me to join the 11th grade. I joined Padma Kanya College and did my 11th and 12th grade through the support of the LSF program in Nepal, became a mother of a girl while doing the job of cleaning lady at the same time. I worked hard. There were days when I used to get frustrated with the life. Usha Didi and the other program staff were there to help me and boost me up. The program gave me the opportunity to change my life. Now I am a supervisor in the program helping the Little Sisters of the School Scholarship Program and working as a teacher.