My life before I came to live at Mekhala House was not easy. My father died when I was a child, soon after my mother became sick too so she could no longer go to work in the rice fields.
I decided to stop studying in grade 4 so I could earn money to support my mother and two young sisters. Each day I would wake up at 4am to cook for my sisters, I would then work at the rice fields from 6am until 11am and catch fish between 2pm and 4pm. I would only earn 3,000 riles, (75 cents) the field owner said this was because I was so young.
Two years after my father died, my mother died too. My sisters and I cried and were very sad because we missed our mother. I still sent my sisters to school and continued to support them by working in the rice fields. I loved studying and did not want to stop but as I was the eldest sister I saw it as my duty to send my sisters to school so they would not have to work in the rice fields too.
My dream to return to school came true when my sisters and I went to live at Mekhala house. It was amazing. I started school again in year 5. Mekhala House provided me a lot of love, warmth, a good school uniform, school materials, personal toiletries, a safe place to stay and enough food which I never thought would be possible.
I decided to stop studying again in late year 8 because I knew that I could not continue it any more. I tried for such a long time and really did my best but I felt that I could not keep up with the school work and I could not catch up with a lot of subjects. I felt ashamed around my classmates. So I decided to tell the Child Manager (Mak Nath).
Mak Nath guided me and helped me select sewing as vocational training. After I finish this training, I would like Mekhala House to help me study extra classes on designing clothes, with the hope to one day make a small sewing shop in my home town.
Thank you so much for your support, for such a long time. I hope you will continue to support me to reach my goal. I will be grateful to you forever in my life. Thanks. “