Thoughts from Sudan, Mitrata's Medical School Student
One of most important thing we can do in this earth is to let people feel they are not alone.
I want to write as simple as possible because our emotions and attachment are so powerful and crucial that strongest words appear useless. I want everybody either in junior schools or university level to go through this. I want every sponsor (I prefer to say Guardian) to go through this. Let me take you 15 yrs back…
I was an 8 year old boy of grade 5 in government school but struggling to learn alphabets. One day, I was told to send passport size photo to Kathmandu for a “purpose,” which I wasn't familiar at all. The next day, I walked 13 hours to reach the district headquarters. This was my first visit outside my home without knowing the purpose of visit!
In May 2004, I was taken to a house where I saw friends of my age! All I had taken from my home was a shirt and a half-pant. Immediately then, Pawan, Rukesh, and Ajay came near me and took me to change clothes. I ate and then slept!
Days passed! Night passed! Month passed! Years passed! Decade passed!
But still, I am in the same home! "MITRATA-NEPAL FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN!”
After 15 years (present), my guardians (Bonnie and Gordon) since 2003 came to Nepal for the first time since I joined Mitrata. They saw the matured (I guess) boy studying in final year of medical school almost ready to be a Medical Officer. We shared our views, experiences, and emotions about all dimension of life. I thanked them for making "me".
There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life meaningful for others. You all have set examples which is twice the value of advice. Most importantly, I have seen a candle within you from where thousand of others candle are lighted .
I have been sharing different aspects of my life and aims with Christine and others during their visit to Nepal. Via this article, I want everybody who have worked days and nights to improve overall status of underprivileged children from every nook and corner of Nepal. I will assure you that I will be a stone in the pond which creates the ripple of change. I have learned life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
As it is said, "We make a living by what we get but we make life by what we give". I have understood in these years that philanthropy is deeper than pockets.
Dear Mitrata family,
In the near future we might walk slowly but let's promise to never walk backward. Buddha once said, "I can't do all the good that the world needs but the world needs all the good deeds that I can do".
To all the Mitrata children,
"A common man can be none to the whole world but the very same common man can be "whole world" to someone"! For the world we are just one population! On contrary, we are the whole world to our family and our younger generation. So, let's work hard and together to make all our dreams turn REALITY.
During a conversation, I asked Christine, "What are your reasons to choose Nepal for this social work"?
Christine took me during her first visit to Himalayan region of Nepal and gave my answers and shared her dreams during establishment days. Christine, your contribution has made a dramatic change and we all are proud to be member of MITRATA FAMILY.
This is for today! I will be writing in coming days too!
Sudan Adhikari, 4th year medical school student
Chitwan Medical College