Nursery Admissions - Part 3 of 3
Monday, April 30, 2018
By Anjali Belur, BlinkNow Futures Director
That’s it, we’ve selected our nursery class! A mix of girls and boys and castes and ethnicities. But most importantly: they’re all so cute I want to wrap my arms around each of them and love them as long as I can until their teacher makes me stop because they have to go to nap time. This week was intense: I cried, I felt frustrated, joy, guilty, upset, empathy, sympathy, even apathy. Then horror at my own apathy.
During admissions, we saw a hundred children, each needier than the last. And I felt myself becoming desensitized to their poverty. I felt myself, iPhone in pocket and hot shower waiting for me at my flat, scoff at the shop owner’s application for his 4th daughter to attend Kopila, even though he could afford to send her to another school. And then my apathy gives way to hope: good for him. In a part of the world where there are more boys than girls because of gender-based abortions, a part of the world where daughters are sent to sleep outside once a month because bleeding is considered too “unclean” for the home, this man is fighting for his daughter to go to school, to be equal to her brothers.
While we can’t help every parent, I feel hope that each of the children who came to our doors, applications in hand, came with an advocate. An advocate who cared enough to fill out an application, ready all their legal and financial documents, sit in the hot sun waiting for an interview, and allow strangers into their precious home. All for their child to get an excellent education. This gives me hope that the tide is turning, that Kopila is one part of a larger movement to educate and empower all of Nepal’s children.
I thank BlinkNow and Kopila Valley for giving me the opportunity to advocate for these children. It makes me feel so devastatingly sad, but also so lucky: I was given the gift of education, the gift of freedom from poverty, but more than anything, I was given the gift of a voice that I can use for all of these children who go without. You have this voice too: help us help the children of Nepal by providing education to the sons and daughters of the poorest, and end the cycle of poverty.