Rohit's college fund
We will be closing this account soon. Here is his story.
Rohit Malla is 20 years old, the second of three sons. He is from the village of Rudrapur (near Butwal) in Rupandehi district near Butwal in the south of Nepal.
At the age of 7 or 8 years old, Rohit's father died. As Rohit puts it, "He just never woke up." Already poor, the situation without a father was now desperate. His mother made money by breaking boulders at the river bank with a hammer, until the boulder was a heap of gravel. No longer could she feed her three sons. Rohit's mother, perhaps terrified, perhaps grief stricken, ran off and the three boys became orphans.
It was also a frightening and dangerous time to be in the villages. Rohit remembers how the Maoists would slit peoples throats and throw the dead bodies. He recalls dead bodies scattered in the road. Political stability increased and times were perilous, especially for young orphan boys.
A grandmother took in two of the sons but conditions continued desperate and dangerous. The eldest son had to work as a child laborer for almost no wages in a hotel in the city. Sad, traumatized and feeling hopeless, the eldest boy wrote out a help add on a piece of paper and posted it in the city.
That act created a change. A local philanthropist found the boys and all three were take to an orphanage where they were given food, clothing, lodging and importantly education. They couldn't believe their luck!
Shortly after, we met the boys and began to help the orphanage. Rohit is at a loss for words to describe his gratitude for the years we (Hands of Hope) have helped him with education and living expenses.
We never knew Rohit would be such a shining student. In high school he studied hard, made good marks and earned a little extra money tutoring other students in math. People also told us about his sketches. And yes, he is also an exceptional artist - self taught.
For the last two years we have been supporting living and education expenses and he has been attending a special preparation academy in Kathmandhu and writing an exam in the hope of winning one of 43 full medical scholarships offered in Nepal. Approximately 12 000 people compete annually, in what is almost unattainable, even for the most brilliant student.
Rohit is from a very poor background and lowest caste, but a mistake in paperwork registered him as a higher caste. It was good fortune to go to an orphanage and be sent to a private school; but bad fortune because now he is ineligible for receiving government preference, based on being a brilliant government school graduate. To make his situation even more challenging, though he is dalit, the lowest caste, but registered as a higher caste he cannot receive government assistance for exceptional low caste students.
Rohit so badly wants to be a doctor and has studied
so hard for two years to win this medical scholarship. He has not succeeded, although he does qualify for entrance to a medical school
We continue to support him as he continues to study for the exam and continues to hope he wins the scholarship that will allow him to fulfill his dreams and change the entire course for his family.
On his wall in the small room we've rented for him in Kathmandhu he has taped a piece of paper reminding himself to study and completely dedicate his energy to his books until he becomes a doctor.
This was the goal: To become a doctor. He would have needed about 50 000 Canadian total, or about 10 000 per year.
Hands of Hope did not pull together this kind of money. But it must be understood, that Rohit is not the only young man or woman we have been supporting through post secondary. He is one of eight people. Additionally we have done other work such as build one school, establish 10 libraries and find sponsors for Tibetan refugees.
Rohit is motivated. a He's seen suffering and wants to alleviate pain.
Rohit feels that even if he does not become a doctor, he can and will make a difference to other people.
We wish him well.
Here I am having very high spirit, motivated, enthusiastic and happy about my academic life. Everything is going on as expected, if not then better than expected but never below expectation.
I have sent some photographs with my friends and myself alone delivering some speech. Please have a look.
My study and extra curricular activities are going on very well.
Last week I was nominated as the manager of a Talk Show. It's a great achievement. In addition it's a great platform for me too. I wish to give such good news in the days ahead too. You will have a treat as soon as you come to Nepal.
This much for today. Good news are yet to come didi.
Have a good day.
ROHIT writes: "Due to the early result this year the Exam Council took the CMAT(Central Management Admision Test) exam earlier than it used to be.I attempted it.Thank god I passed it.I scored 57 out of 100.That's not good but people here are shocked.They say no one can score that mark only within a week,especially by a student who doesn't belong to this faculty.I studied Science and this is commerce.They go to institute for 3 months to pass that.I joined the institute only 9 days.I borrowed money from a friend and took the class.And then sudden entrance was announced so without much preparation I passed it.I feel quite lucky this time.I knew when one door closes other opens.
Last week I went to a lot of colleges to understand about BBA colleges and the fee structure.My mark won't allow me to select the best colleges here but I somehow got chance to take admission in Presidential college.I have sent you the the fee structure.It's an American affiliated college.The admission should be taken within almost 10 days from today.About two weeks more before the seats gets fulfilled.Grandma I came with a dream to be a doctor and make my own identity in Kathmandu.You have been standing as the most important part and my backbone here.Because of you I am able to escape a life of a slumdog to be honest.But I failed it.Now I have stood up again to do something.
I always wanted to make others happy anyhow,serve other,serve poor people like you did to me.Once I pass this Bachelor degree and then I will be able to challenge anything."
So, you see, Rohit has changed in his study plans
After several attempts, he did not receive a scholarship to enter Medical school to train as a doctor, in Nepal. He decided not to enter another medical field. Instead he has opted for another career and has now begun his studies.
We wish him well. Everyone knows how hard Rohit has studied. Surely, this will continue.
Rohit also thanks everyone for their financial support and for believing in him. He does not want to disappoint you!
Rohit writes from Nepal. "Respected Grandma, Very sweet remembrance. How are you doing.?? Ok Grandma from now onwards I will regularly mail you describing if anything new happens. May be once a week. About the college selection, I haven't decided it strictly, but BPKHIS(which starts in Aug) may be my first goal. It is considered as the best one here in Nepal. But the college is so expensive, nearly double(about 80 lakhs) as compared to others. But we can apply for partial payment for that I should be settled in the entrance exam. So I am working hard. I am regularly going to the institute. I wake up at 5 am and go to bed at 12 am and sometimes reaches to 1 am. I have almost forgotten to sleep. And grandma, in most of the colleges they ask for 20 lakhs for the first installment and may be 5-6 lakhs per installment later on." I will mail you soon, Your sincerely, Rohit
Rohit recently made a sketch to help out a student with insufficient funds.
Thank you to the thoughtful and generous Yukoners who are contributing to the fund so Rohit can attend medical school. Please do feel free to pass the information about Rohit on to other people.