Narwir and Shantamaya are not as healthy as they used to be, but they are determined to do everything in their capacity to help Sisam finish school. Many parents in their community have mortgaged their property for the daughter’s dowry. Sisam’s parents mortgaged every square feet of the land they could call their own to make sure that their daughter could go to a private school.
The family now lives in a 10x10 feet hut that has plastic and flex for roof and walls, at Paurakh Basti—a squatters’ settlement in Thapathali. Life is not easy and resources are limited for this family, but there’s only one way forward. Sisam’s education might
have come at a cost, but the family is willing to pay if it means a brighter, better future for their daughter.
Text & Photos: Shruti Shrestha Published: 2018-01-20 11:29:12