NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE: Kamala is 17 years old and she is currently studying in her first year of a three-year Lab Technician degree course. In her free time, she loves to design and implement new fashions of clothing and hairdos. She spends time online searching for new ideas, and likes to experiment with cutting and sewing clothes, and practices doing hairstyles on her HCC sisters and friends at school. She also enjoys playing basketball and table tennis and plays on her school’s intermural teams. Her team recently got third place in basketball in their school tournament, and she took first place in table tennis, which she usually does. Her favorite subject in school is science and she enjoys learning about botany, geology, and biology. She also finds math interesting. After her degree program is complete, she plans to work in a hospital running diagnostic tests. She finds this kind of work very interesting and practical. She also likes that through her work she will help people. To her sponsors, she says “Thank you for helping me and supporting me, and giving me this opportunity to study.”
BIRTHDAY: January 15
PERSONAL HISTORY: Kamala is a new addition to the HCC family, just joining us on October 19, 2012. She had been living in Balmandir orphanage since she was 4 or 5 years old. She thinks that her mother has been dead for some time. While she knows she has a father and two brothers, she has no memory of them. Before joining us she was studying at a monastery, but we have secured her a place in a quality school where she is starting start grade 8. From living in the orphanage, she had a few friends that were already here at our group home, and already she says she feels at home and is happy to be with her Khusi Ghar “family.”
WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL? Kamala, which means “Goddess of Wealth” in the Nepali language, is a bright, athletic young lady. She loves to play soccer and basketball and her teams play in “so many tournaments! (We win too!)” She loves science and math, although she struggles with them. She studies extra hard and is looking forward to the help she has heard she will get at her new school. She loves American and German culture and hopes to go to visit after she gets a job and is successful. Her favorite music is American pop music, especially One Direction. She just started karate class this year and has her orange belt. Kamala also loves Nepal; she says that the Himalayan countryside is “SO BEAUTIFUL!” She got the chance to trek to Annapurna Base Camp in 2011 and was blown away by the views of her homeland. While she wants to live in Kathmandu after school, she says she hopes that she can always have the chance to visit the mountains.