name is DEV DAHAL. l was born 35 years ago in Sinduli (South Nepal)
as one of the six children of an extreme poor Brahmin family. My father
worked for the equivalence of today 10 Euro per month as a helper in
the district Office. My mother took care of our very small farm which
could not give enough for all of us and she had to help in other farms
to earn money. The only dream that we had as children was: FOOD! We
ate only maize porridge cooked with water and a little bit salt. Only
during the warm season we could get vegetables from our garden. We never
got the milk from our cow or eggs from our chicken be-cause my mother
had to sell them to be able to buy the absolute necessary things for
the family. Once a year for our main festival we got one shirt and one
pant, and it had to be enough for 12 months. When we got rice to eat
3 times a year, it was a very great feast! We children, had to help
Mother for the work of the farm and we also went to school. My mother
was and is still today fully illiterate.
As l was 10 years old, a sale's man took me to Biratnagar to be a servant
in his house. He had signed in a contract that he would allow me to
go to school half day against my work, food and a place to sleep. l
had to cook for the whole family, to clean their dishes and the whole
house and to wash their clothes. When l wanted to take a Schoolbook
to learn something, they always called me to make tea for them or to
do other things. After 2 years they took me with them to live in Kathmandu.
l had to sleep in the kitchen that was full of cockroaches and rats.
It was true child's exploitation
One day l had the luck that one of my teachers talked with Elisabeth
Montet from Kinderhilfe Nepal and l came to "Children's World".
It was the biggest Chance of my whole life: Suddenly l could get every-thing
free: full day school, very good food, clothes and help in my studies.
It was for me as if l would be in a paradise because l could never have
imagined such a wonderful life before! l passed all the school exams
and studied Bachelor in English. In a certain way l didn't feel good
to enjoy such a good life while other students were outside suffering
so much and, since l am a moody person, l decided to leave "Children's
World" accepting only that Kinderhilfe Nepal pays my school expenses.
Elisabeth tried to convince me to stay, but l am very stubborn and l
l realized very soon that l was in a very catastrophic Situation: l
had to earn money to survive which was very difficult, and l had no
time to study. l understood very quickly that it was not possible to
continue this way of life and 3 months later l came back to Children's
World! After this experience l feit very happy and safe and l finished
my studies. l studied French in the Alliance Francaise of Kathmandu
as well as Chinese and l work now as a free trekking and tourist guide.
All my friends are now married and have children while l am still single
with 35. l will only marry when l find the right woman whom l really
love and who loves me. I am a very independent person. l love to travel
and l was often in China where l have good friends. At this time l just
bought a field in south Nepal and l want to Start to grow mushrooms
with the help of two friends while l will continue my work as a trekking
If it does not work well, l have a lot of other ideas. l am a creative
person, always in movement and l never forget that YOU ALL are the ones
who gave me the opportunity to become the person that l am today. l
thank you with my whole heart, and you can be sure to be in my mind
for my whole life. l am glad to have the Chance to thank you today and
l wish you a
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2018!