NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE: Khil is 23 years old, and he is currently in his last year of University. He will complete his Bachelors in Public Health in April of 2016. He is interested in health education and promotion, and has really enjoyed his integrated school program, where he says he gets to study a range of subjects of interest to him. He recently defended his thesis proposal, titled “Male Partners’ Involvement in Maternal Antenatal Care in A Rural Area.” After Dashain, he will travel to Dhading to collect data for his research through surveys and focus-group discussions. He plans to submit his finding in January 2016 for academic review. Khil is also currently working for YUWA, a Nepal youth-led and youth-run NGO that works for the strengthening and empowering of youth throughout the country. He is a project assistant for HIV/AIDS and the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) department. He is planning to apply for a Youth Fellowship in 2016 that will take him to Uganda, Africa for a weeklong intensive training program. He will also be traveling to India in December 2015, for a 10-day internship related to his SRHR outreach. After he finishes his bachelors, he plans to work for one to two years and then to apply for graduate school. His career goal is to work for a large organization like the UN.
BIRTHDAY: June 22nd
PERSONAL HISTORY: According to available records, Khil’s father died in a mining explosion while working at the Bhotekoshi project. His mother became mentally ill and unable to care for Khil and his two younger brothers, so they were all placed at the orphanage. One brother (Pralad) remains at the orphanage, while his youngest brother Shankar is now at school. Sometimes Khil goes to Kathmandu to visit and do farm work in his mother’s plot. He has an older sister named Srijana Thapa.
WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL? Khil is very bright and hardworking, He is a good role model and watches over his brother and the younger children. His life ambition is to become a doctor so that he can open up a clinic in remote areas of the Himalayas and help others. He graduated at the top of his class at Reliance, and scored high enough on his national tests that he is now studying pre-med at the National School of Sciences.