Amrita came to us through Subash. She used to attend the school where Subash teaches, but had to leave because of family circumstances. Here is Subash’s letter to us describing her situation:
She used to be a student from my school but she left the school because her family couldn’t afford the schooling fee. Her name is Amrita Ojha. She is 10 years old. She lives in Dhulikhel at her maternal uncles home. Her father married another woman when she was just a child as per the information I got she was 1 and half yrs old. And then she was raised by her mother leaving her father’s home and they shifted to her maternal uncle’s home. And then about 2 yrs ago her mother got married with the next man leaving her alone at her maternal uncle’s home. She is living with her maternal uncle family. She used to be student of our school but her uncle took her out from our school because he couldn’t afford the school expenses since he had his own children and due to extra burden in school expenses.
I heard she always keep on looking to the our school bus everyday on her way to home because she missed our school. Isn’t that the heart touching one? That small girl is bearing so many problems due to the wrong decisions that her parents took. So one of her neighbours told me about that. If we can help her I think it would be great at least she can get the quality education though she didn’t get the proper care from her family. Her neighbour was requesting us what if we can keep her not in her school expenses only but the full hostel facilities. They were saying how long would her maternal uncles can take care of her?? Since he has his own family to look for.
And I forget to mention that she is taken care by her grandmother and I got the information that her grandmother drink much. I heard that she is like alcoholic that is also why her neighbours were telling me to keep her at hostel.
We agreed to help Amrita go back to school and to live at the boarding facility, since it sounds like she will have much more consistency and predictability in her education and living situation this way. The school has given her some dresses, quilts and other bedding for free for her room, and she is already enrolled at the school. They are willing to help with the costs a bit, so it will be less of a cost to ONE. We are so happy to have Amrita join our family, and we wish her all the best. Now she doesn’t have to look longingly every day at the school bus as it goes by. Welcome, Amrita!
Amrita is well into 10th grade, and she seems so happy. Subash says she is doing really well, and preparing for her state exam at the end of her school year. The results of this exam will determine where she can go for her next two years, and what she can study. Her recent letter to us sounds so optimistic and positive. She even refers to going to visit her family to try and heal some of the old wounds that essentially meant as a little girl she couldn’t live with them and had to come live at the school. Amrita has grown up so much from the little girl who watched the children go off to school every day with such longing. And we are so glad to have been here to help her!
Amrita is entering 10th grade, her last year of regular school before she goes into the +2 part of the Nepali “10+2” school system. She sent us a sweet letter via our friend Jon, who visited the school in July and was able to meet three of the four girls. Jon said that it seems that all three students really enjoy the school and their studies, and they spoke highly of the teachers and the help they receive from them. It’s very good to hear that. From her letter, it certainly appears that Amrita is thriving!
Amrita is in 9th grade now and according to Subash she is enjoying herself a lot. He says her grades are not quite as good as they were in grade 8 because the coursework is a little harder. So she has been enrolled in a morning “coaching” class (something like our tutoring). We hope this will help her feel confident in her harder studies.
They just had a break from school to celebrate Bijaya Dashami, and she sent us this lovely card. In addition, we got a video of her dancing in one of the celebrations. We challenge you to watch this video and not smile! Amrita is in the middle of the front row and it is still hard to us to reconcile the little girl we first helped go to school with this lovely young woman.
We finally received Amrita’s final letter to us for the 2021-2022 school year, her 8th grade. We are hoping that there is a recording of the presentation she was part of for the exiting 10th grade students!
According to our contact Subash, Amrita has taken her Basic Level Examination and she is working hard at school in grade 9. He says she is doing really well, and her spirits are very high. We are very glad to hear that she’s well, and enjoying school. We received a lovely card from her that talks a little about her days.
Amrita sent a wonderful video and Christmas card to us at the beginning of the new year.
Amrita did really well on her year end exams and has entered her next year of school. Her letter to us outlines some of the challenges of the pandemic, but she’s studying as hard as she can and working to move forward. Our contact Subash says that she attends every class eagerly and does her best. She says she is a little shy, but loves school and learning. We’re glad to hear that!
Amrita sent a wonderful Christmas card and letter to us. They have returned to school in person and are being very careful, with masks and face shields as well.
We received a wonderful video from Amrita, in which she talks a little about the challenges of studying online. All the students are still studying online and are under quarantine because of the virus. We’re so happy to know that they are all healthy and doing as well as they can.
2019 – 2020
Amrita sent the foundation a wonderful holiday card, which we had to post here because it’s so adorable. We also received a video of her wishing us a happy 2020 in English, which is also adorable. It’s just wonderful to see them (sort of) in person, since getting to Nepal is pretty hard and we have never met our girls there.
Amrita is doing well in school, and having lots of fun with special events and projects. The school had a science fair, and the students made art and science projects to show off to family and visitors. The school also had some celebrations to get ready for the national holiday of Dashain, which the whole country celebrates for two weeks.
2018 – 2019
Amrita finished the year with pretty good grades, and passed into sixth year! She and the other girls had fun with sports, music, crafts, and helping to build an outdoor playground for the school. We are very happy she has passed her year, and we are excited for her next year of school!
We received a wonderful card and photo of Amrita just after the celebration of Dashain, when the students were all out of school for two weeks. She’s doing well in school, with a 73.5 average. She can definitely do better, but overall we are very happy with her performance and her effort.
2017 – 2018
Amrita passed her fourth year, and is now starting fifth grade. We love her year end letter to us! We asked her about what makes her laugh, and also what are the qualities of a good teacher.
We received a midterm letter from Amrita, who is doing well in school and enjoying herself. We are so glad to hear this!
We received a year-end letter from Amrita and a couple of photos of her from our contact Subash. She seems to be doing well, and he says she loves being in school. We’re glad!