Sunil Subedi Chetri:
Thank-you Forward Looking!!’
Sunil Subedi Chhetri was born in 1990 (2046BS) as the eldest son in the family in Rupendehi district. When he was just six month he suffered from eye-cataract (Jal-Bindu) which led him to a loss in his eye sight.
In the beginning his parents started treatment from Shaman in his own village. Obviously, there was no cure. Only then his parents, Late Tej Bahadur and Chanda Devi, took Sunil to the medical doctors just to realize that it was too late to receive crucial clinical treatment.
‘My vision has never really been good’, said Chettri adding, ‘ but it went worse when I turned eight. My sister stabbed into my right eye with a knife as we were playing. Ever since, my right sight was damaged.’
At time of the incident, Chettri’s family lived in India as his father was working there. The incident made them return back to Nepal while the father continued with his work in India. They made a lot of efforts to have eye treatment spending all the money and resources of the family. There was no success.
Then a blind school, Shree Shanti Secondary School in Butwal was founded. Sunil got admitted in class one, different organizations helped him to achieve education as the family was economically weak. In 2064, he got through the SLC exams (level equivalent to GCSE) achieving best results among his school colleagues. Upon completion of the SLC, he got scholarship to study higher education degree from the Forward Looking. The support continued so that he finished his Bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of his studies, Sunil was recruited as a teacher. Today, he is working as primary teacher as government employee in Rudrapur Higher Secondary School at Rudrapur, Butwal.
‘I feel that I am a very lucky. Despite my disability, I have got a government job, and I serve pupils in my own district,’ Sunil said, ‘ I am very thankful for the support I have received by the Forward Looking for five years of my higher education. Thank-you very much!!’
‘I am eternally thankful’
I am Dadhiram Upadhyaya. I am the eldest son of my parents Damodar and Dhani. I was born blind in 1995.
Following support of the Forward Looking under its scholarship programme, I completed the Higher Secondary (HS) and also the Bachelor’s degree. Upon completion the Bachelor’s, I managed to become a teacher in the primary level at Odhari Higher Secondary School in Kapilbastu District of west Nepal.
As my brother is also blind, my family faced very tough situation to have two blind children in the family.
Life was hard as my family survived only six months with production in our field. In-stead of working hard in the field, the mother was busy with care of the blind children at home.
My father was the breadwinner of the family. The limited resources in the village forced him to sell all our property and migrate to Rupandehi District. Migrating to the more fertile area helped us financially. I also started my schooling there.
I completed his S.L.C (Nepali level equivalent to GCSE) from a government school. After completing SLC, I had a dream to continue my further study. But it was not financially possible. Luckily, I came to know about Scholarship program of Forward Looking from my friends. Upon hearing about the FL and its scholarship program, I went directly to the FL, filled in the forms and submitted the scholarship application. After few days I got a call confirming scholarship from the Forward Looking, which changed the course of my life.
With the FL support I first finished the HS (+2) levels from Janasewa higher secondary school, Kritipur Kathmandu and then continued Bachelor’s level in Butwal Multiple College, Rupendehi. During my bachelor’s education, I also prepared for the Teacher Service Commission exam and succeeded in it. Now I have decent job and a respectful life. I am eternally thankful.’
‘ I am thankful and successful’
At birth, Laxmi’s eyesight was normal. However, when she was four she suffered from eye infection. As habit of visiting health posts for treatments did not exist in her village, her parents took her to the local Shamans. The eye situation deteriorated and villagers advised the family also to visit the local hospital. When the family took her to the hospital, it was found that it was too late for any further treatment and thus she lost her vision for the rest of her life.
As a blind child, Laxmi started to learn Braille at the age of 6 at local Jinuwa Secondary School. She learnt Braille language for three years. After that she had a break in her studies, as no one in her family knew a place for further braille language education. After some time, she got to know about a special school in Dhankuta where she completed grade five.
After completion of the grade five, Laxmi was transferred to Purbanchal Gyanchassu School, Dharan to continue her school education. A brilliant student, she secured very good results (75%) in the SLC (level equivalent to GCSE). After the SLC, she continued her college education (HS+2) level in Dhankuta. Her schooling and college education were supported by a Belgian organization and the local blind association respectively. After that there was a break in her studies yet again, due to poor financial family background. Fortunately, she came to know about Forward Looking (FL) and its scholarship program. Upon application, Laxmi was chosen as a FL’s scholarship student. From FL’s support, Laxmi was able to complete her Bachelor’s in Nepali. Today she serves in her village as a government schoolteacher in primary level. She supports her family and is living a content life. ‘Life has been a long struggle,’ She adds, ‘With support of various organizations I have been able to achieve this success. I am thankful and successful’