When she was thirteen, Anju lost her mother due to illness. Without her mother, Anju had to take over as the homemaker.There was serious pressure on Anju to get married in order to reduce the economic burden on her family.

Anju Shows Rasmita Around Her Village

Anju with Mentor, Rasmita (Didi) as they discuss what she wants out of life

After losing her mother, Anju struggled with abuse at home and her father was also not willing to pay for the school supplies she needed to continue school. Because of the economic situation for the family, her father was very seriously considering marriage as a way to reduce this burden. However, she wanted to continue school and sought help from a teacher. The teacher reached out to us and Rukmini Foundation stepped in.

Hear from Anju herself in this video:

Through counseling and financial support, Anju is continuing school and her father is now supportive of her education.

Anju Theeng with Grandmother Smiling

Her marriage is postponed and Anju’s life has a much better prospect than a few years ago. She now has something to smile about and something besides marriage to look forward to.

About Prakriti Nepal

As a student of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Prakriti has a keen interest in grassroots development that can lead to a lasting peace and sustained development for Nepal. Along with her passion for promoting gender equality and education for all, she brings a wealth of experience in working with various youth groups on different projects and programs. With Rukmini Foundation, she is serving as a Lead for the mentoring program (Didi) as well as being the liaison between the foundation and partners in Nepal. Through her leadership and efforts, she is not only inspiring Rukmini scholars but also the other young ladies who serve as mentors for the organization.
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