Little Sisters Fund | Girls & Graduates
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Every individual has a story. – Slesha, LSF graduate

Meet the Little Sisters

Picture of Binita

Binita is pursuing a better Nepal through her involvement with the Youth Thinker’s Society, an organization that empowers Nepal’s youth to seek out innovative ideas and collaborate with one another to break stereotypes and create opportunities for youth in Nepal. As a member of the Youth Thinker’s Society, Binita took part in the Everest Model United Nations. “I met a lot of wonderful young people who were really determined to work together to contribute something to society,” explained Binita. “LSF planted a seed in me. I have found I am more capable than I ever realized.”

Picture of LS Aayushma

Mina’s parents had an arranged marriage 14 years ago. Shortly after the wedding, her father went to Malaysia to find work.  The family’s economic situation was very unstable and it only got worse after her father got sick. Her family faced a terrible financial crisis. Mina and her older brother were almost forced to drop out of school.
Mina is active and smart. She likes to talk and explain her thoughts. She loves school and playing with her brother. Mina also likes to study English, practice her handwriting and listen to music. She helps her mother with household chores.

LS Pratikshya

Pratikshya’s parents fled the Maoist insurgency in rural Nepal to travel to Kathmandu in search of a better life and education for their children. After graduating from high school in 2018, she pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. In 2020, she  graduated from the Royal Flight Training Academy in the Philippines. “LSF not only supported me and my family financially, but they also taught me to dream big and turn my passion for flying into a reality.”

LS Nisha

Nisha’s parents belong to a so-called Dalit (untouchable) community. Both parents are illiterate and have faced many difficulties finding work. Nisha is an innocent girl who loves going to school and playing with her friends. She likes to study and helps her mother and sister in all types of work around the house.  Nisha dreams of becoming a doctor one day.

LS Chadani

LSF Alumna, Chadani, loves to paint whenever she has leisure time. She has her own art page running on Instagram She recently posted her autumn series Autumn Rhapsody. Beautiful!

“LSF has shaped me and made me capable enough to take a stand for myself and my career. LSF provided me an education where I learned to run toward my dreams.”

LS Sujana

When Sujana started school, she walked over an hour to get to school each day. Landslides were common. Her parents worried about her safety each time she left home so Sujana went to live with her uncle who lived closer to the school. When it was time for her siblings to go to school, her family moved to a different district to provide a better education for their children, but her father passed away soon after they moved. Educating her children is very important to Sujana’s mother so she moved again, this time to a small, rented room in a city. Her mother is now working as a weaver and sending Sujana to school with the help of LSF.

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.

— Akina, grade 9

LS Grad Diya

Diya grew up in a far western, rural district in Nepal and dreamed of being a nurse. But her family’s financial situation didn’t allow her to pursue her dreams. LSF helped Diya travel across Nepal to study in a nursing program. After graduating, she worked as a Staff Nurse in Kathmandu and as a Community Nurse in Kalikot. Now Diya has returned to Jumla to fulfill her dream and serve the people of her home village. “My life was hard. Now it is easy,” Diya says. “My dream has come true.”

LS Phulmaya

Phulmaya was working in the fields when she was bitten by a venomous snake. While serious, recovering from a snake bite was not the only thing standing in the way of her dreams. After completing the School Education Exam with outstanding results, she got a scholarship for a 3-year diploma program in civil engineering. But, her family felt it was socially unacceptable for a girl to enter the male-dominated world of engineering.  Thy were convinced being a teacher would be safer for her. Through counseling and awareness raising, Phulmaya’s Coordinating Mentor helped her family see the benefits of allowing Phulmaya to pursue an engineering degree.


Nisha: “With the HEOF, I am obtaining my Bachelor’s degree. This small step has brought big changes in my life. Before, my life was really challenging. We had to struggle for basic needs and sometimes slept with an empty stomach. After finding LSF, my family’s economic condition has improved. No matter how much I thank LSF, it’s not enough.”

Girl of Little Sisters

Pushpa completed her bachelor’s degree in the science faculty and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Psychology. She serves as a School Coordinator and played an integral role in preventing the imminent trafficking of a Little Sister in June 2014. She recounts the story: “I got a call from the girls’ group leader, who informed me that Salina had been absent for many days. After hearing this, I phoned the parents, but the stepmother informed me that they had been sending Salina to school.” It turned out that a trafficking agent had been regularly enticing Salina and she was about to get on a bus that evening. Her case was discovered just in time, and since then Pushpa has been providing high-touch counseling to Salina and her parents, to make sure she stays safe.

Girl of Little Sisters

After graduating from Little Sisters Fund, Babita completed her bachelor’s in Development Studies and recently completed two years as a Teach for Nepal Fellow in a rural village. Babita herself grew up in a “poor and barely literate family” before moving to Kathmandu.  “The conditions in the village schools are very different from the conditions in Kathmandu,” she said. “Many of the students I taught had to work in the fields before and after school. The work was very challenging, but I did my best to motivate my fellow teachers and my students, and show them the power of education. If the journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, I wanted to take my first step to bridge the inequality between government and private schools.”  Now that she has completed her fellowship with Teach for Nepal, Babita wants to study further and earn her master’s degree.

Girl of Little Sisters

Sharda’s Story: Overcoming great odds

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.”

Read Sharda's story in her own words

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.

— Ranjana

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