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Time travels faster when you are happy

Plan International Nepal is working to support children with disabilities gain access to improved and inclusive education, protection and health. Karuna, a 15 year old girl with a visual impairment from Banke, Nepal, is one of the girls receiving support. Here, she shares her story.

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Karuna at the hostel supported by Plan International.

"I was not what you see me today, I used to cry almost every day as I was helpless. I had no aim in life and no desires but slowly after coming to the Banke Blind Association hostel, I have built my confidence and my dreams are becoming reality.

My father is a construction worker and my mother is a housewife. Our family has had a very tough life. There were days when we went to sleep with empty stomachs and woke up to no opportunity for food.

In the past, I felt that I was just a burden to my family

Going to school with other children and studying gave me false hope. I felt very inferior to other children as they could see, speak and study but I could not.

For me I was sad and felt unequal. I was a tiny and insignificant particle of this universe. I used to study in a primary school in a nearby village but it was difficult to learn with the other students and I was working at a turtle's pace.

I did not have srot kakshya (children with disabilities get opportunities to acquire basic socialisations skills) and so it was hard for me to attend regular schools. 

Before I visited Banke Blind Association, no one had ever told me that blind people could also study

Before I visited Banke Blind Association, no one had ever told me that blind people could also study and I thought that I was the only blind girl on this planet.

I still remember the fine day when my maternal aunt told my mom about this school and my father brought me here.  

Banke Blind Association provided an opportunity for me to learn and to study like the other children.

I thank the Association for helping me and my friends. We study in Braille, we feel the words and read them. We sleep in our bedroom in the hostel, and wake up hopeful for the new day.

Education was my dream; my dream to study in an accessible environment. This dream is coming true

Education was my dream; my dream to study in an accessible environment. This dream is coming true.

Now my dreams are growing for my future. My new dream is to be a teacher and to dance, as dancing makes me feel good and free.

Life ran very slow at my village but the life at the hostel is going very fast. Maybe because when you are happy, time travels faster. Six years ran past in just the blink of an eye." 

Karuna’s dreams of education is now coming true at the hostel of Banke Blind Association, Banke. In partnership with the Banke Blind Association, Plan International Nepal has supported the construction of an accessible building, which is now home to 41 girls and boys with disabilities from 7 different districts in Nepal.

Plan International Nepal has also provided education materials and clothing to each of these students.

Learn more about Plan International's education work in Nepal.