This February we were able to enroll the daughter of one of the first children I met back in 1999 into kindergarten. Sarita has had a hard life, besides witnessing her father beat her mother to death; she also is a young widow with a 6 year old daughter Payal. Despite her own background Sarita is a loving mother trying to give her daughter a better life.
We shifted our library to a new location in the neighborhood. It is very important to have a landlord who shares your vision of providing a welcoming, clean, safe home for both our library and our visitors. With support from the employees of TE Connectivity we were able to purchase new carpeting, cushions, books, games etc. for the new location.
Reconnected with two girls whom I never thought I would see again and contacted by a few others whom I had lost touch with. One moved back to the village when her father was released from prison and I had not seen in over seven years. I was on my way to Dental Camp with 40 kids cutting through Bhoudhanath Stuppa and I hear “Beth Miss!” and saw Shrijana who just happened to be visiting her married sister who lived nearby. The other was one of my original students from Missionaries of Charities Non-formal Educational School. I had not seen Sweata in over ten years and it turns out she is working just down the street from me in a hair salon that I had my hair cut in. Those of you who know me know the chances of me even going into a salon are slim to none. I only went there because someone brought me. A couple of other girls who used to live in a girls home I worked with in the past, also contacted me. For various reasons they were no longer living at the home and requested some support for education. We are helping as much as we can to keep these girl's dreams of education, independence and happy futures alive.