Chepangs dropping out early to earn living

- POST REPORT, Tanahun

Apr 6, 2015-Coming from a family reeling under poor financial condition, seventeen-year-old Dhanaraj Chepang from Chepang Gaun in Kaule-5 of Chitwan district works as a daily wage worker to eke out a difficult living in Tanahun district. Immediately after passing the fifth grade, Dhanaraj had started to work to support his family.  

“I come from a very poor family”, said Dhanaraj, who earns Rs 300 per day working as a daily wage labourer. He said last month he managed to send Rs 20, 000 to his family in Chitwan.

“I started working as a daily wage worker with my elder brother when I was just 13,” he added, saying that he and his 19-year-old brother Avindra send money they save to their family every two or three months.

Similar is the story of Dinesh Chepang, Raju Chepang, Madan Chepang and Min Bahadur Chepang, who also hail from the same village as Dhanraj and his brother Avindra.

They are all  between the ages of 16 and 18 and had left their studies after finishing fourth grade to support their respective families.

“We have shorter height and smaller body size as we started to carry huge

load from a very tender age”, said Dinesh, who had started working when he was just 14. He said they are earning as grown-ups so as to support their families back home. These teenagers work for an average of 10 hours every day in places like Myagdi, Baglung, Kaski and Kathmandu.

Published: 07-04-2015 14:18

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