Ajaya Parajuli – Teacher and Regional Project Coordinator, End to Child Labour Project

I’m a proud native of Gorkha with over a decade of experience working as an educator and administrator in various positions. As such I tend to keep finding things to add to my input as life has been quite the roller coaster. Let me share some of the highlights with you.

During my first semester of undergraduate studies, the Gorkha Earthquake rocked my perspective as a public health student. It was eye-opening to see the lack of decisive response from experts despite the economic and social losses. I knew then that I had to make a difference and leave behind a legacy for the fragility of human life. Fortunately, Our Sansar and I have that much in common, and I’m proud to be a part of our mission to tackle child labour in brick factories.

As an introverted person, my hobbies may seem boring to some but they bring me immense joy. I love reading philosophy books, writing essays and poems, taking photographs of landscapes, listening to music, and hiking (although not possible in Rautahat). My friends and family sometimes manage to drag me on thrill-seeking adventures like bungee jumping and rafting, but I enjoy drawing and writing the most. It may not be my forte, but it’s therapeutic and helps me unwind.

My role in the project involves overseeing the operations, working with outreach workers and teachers, and ensuring that we are making a meaningful impact on the lives of the children we are trying to help. I also work closely with all staff to ensure that they have the support they need to carry out their work effectively. I am passionate about this project and believe that every child has the right to a happy childhood free from the burden of labour. We are trying to eliminate child labour in brick factories and provide education and support to these children. We really have a lot to work on.

It’s heartening to see the progress these children make, and I feel proud to be a part of their journey towards a better future. I believe education is the key to eliminating child labour, and I’m committed to doing my part to make that a reality. I’m grateful for the experiences that have brought me here, and I’m currently exploring if an introverted person with a penchant for “silly ideas” can make a difference. Who knows what the future holds?

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