NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE: Manoj is 20 years old and just completed his second semester in his Bachelor in Computer Science and Information Technology (BSc.CSIT) program. His last semester consisted of studying statistics, microprocessors, data structures, algorithms, and discreet structures. He is interested in learning more about hardware, since he thinks this may be the direction he wishes to go in IT. In school, he has a test every month, and an exam every two months. He is passed all of his tests and exams so far, and he is working hard in all his classes. When Manoj is not studying, he likes to spend his time playing games and learning new things about technology. He likes playing basketball and cricket, as well as video games such as “Clash of Clans” and “Real Racing.” He is eager to learn about technology through hands-on experience, so he takes a leadership role in keeping the IT up-to-date at Khusi Ghar. He often fixes the problems as they arise – from Internet routing to fixing the printer and electricity issues. His little brothers and sisters at Khusi Ghar like to see what he is doing on the computer, and he is always happy to share his knowledge with them.
BIRTHDAY: April 18th
PERSONAL HISTORY: Manoj’s parents are unknown. According to the orphanage’s scant records, Manoj was about three or four years old when he was found wandering in the streets of Kathmandu by police. He was placed with a social group who brought him to the Balmandir Orphanage. He has no memories of his parents or of any other life other than at the orphanage.
WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL? Manoj is a bright, hardworking student. He is full of energy and loves playing soccer and cricket. Manoj loves to sketch pictures and to read, especially religious books. His life ambition is to become a professional basketball player, but his plan B is to become a scientist. Manoj is eager to learn and his class ranking improves every year.