Stories of Nepal: Sachyam
Monday, August 20, 2018
We have partnered with our brilliant friend Jay from Stories of Nepal to tell the stories of individuals at Kopila Valley and in the surrounding communities. In case you missed the first two posts, you can find them here.
"It took me 7 years to complete my Bachelors. Even so, I barely passed. I took my life and the privileges of living with my parents for granted. My priority always revolved around escaping reality. I did not have much regard for education, my parents or my responsibilities as a person. A reckless decision in my life at the time became a reason for a lot of hurt in the family. And it made me change. I started prioritizing things. As I started seeking spirituality, my wants were not to be the center for the things I did anymore. And luckily as I was working on changing my life, I got an offer to work with underprivileged children. For that, I had to leave the comforts of my home and the easy lifestyle where I got everything I asked for.
When I came to Surkhet and started living with the children, the change I experienced was immense. Their stories were heartbreaking and their misfortunes unimaginable. My childhood was entirely different. I had people who loved me and provided for me. I was born with abundant opportunities and proper schooling but I had taken it for granted. Many of these children were deprived of the family love and a normal childhood. Having spent a few years with them, today, they have become family. They have taught me a sense of responsibility. Today, it is not only about changing my life, it is also about changing theirs." (Sachyam Sharma, Surkhet)