Child Story Nepal
Sarmila Tamang, Rasuwa
Name: Sarmila Tamang
Date of Birth: 2067/11/18 Nepali, (English 2011/March/2)
Name of Father: Bal Bahadur Tamang, Dead in Earthquake, 2015 April 25,
Name of Mother: Chandra Maya Tamang, Dead in Earthquake, 2015 April 25
Permanent Place: Dandagaun-8, Karumarang, Rasuwa, Bagmati, Central Nepal
Earthquake of 2015 April 25 brought a very big change in Sarmila's life. She was playing at home when the violent shaking of the house started. Her house started to crumble to the ground with dust smoke rising from the rubble. She was taken out of the door by her granny but her little sister, Hissi Dolma, who was 11 months old, was still there, not in the house but now in the rubble. She was hanging in the basket for sleep but when the house collapsed, her state was unknown. When the Earthquake stopped, the poor little girl was seen lying in the dust unmovable. Granny picked up, and yes she was breathing. She was alive.
Oh what happened to Sarmila's father and mother, they were high in the mountain cliff gathering the woods for cooking? They were buried in the landslide; only pieces of the clothes were found.
Sarmila grew up in Dandagaun, a remote village in Rasuwa. She never saw the crowd in the marketplace or vehicle. She never shows the town and tv. When she is taken to the clothing store, she does not know which fits and suits her. She rejects all types of clothes. But she is obedient; you give her, she takes gladly. She likes to visit markets and see cars pass by.
When Tulamaya, first wife of Bal Bahadur, heard the Nepal Earthquake, she flew to Nepal, to Dandagaun, because she had a son there. When she saw Sarmila and Hissi Dolma, she was filled with compassion, because these two sisters were hungry and naked, she took care of them and these two precious ones are with Tulamaya, now. Tulamaya, unlike all others in village, left their birth place, Dandagaun, and step down to Lahare Pauwa-1, Bokatetar, near Betrawati, for safety from the shaking, including, Sarmila and Hissi Dolma, and here they are still in tent made by zinc, to this day. Their future is uncertain.
Reuben was moved by their story when he met Tulamaya and all Earthquake victims in the tents, when giving the emergency relief supplies, and promised them to help as he can.
Today, Sarmila is going to school, which is a 25 minute walk from her tent made of zinc. Her School name is Model Trinity School and she is reading in LKG, Lower Kindergarten. She likes to play with her sister Hissi Dolma, (Her name is changed to Ashisma now). She brings water in a small Jar to help their Mom (Tulamaya) cook food. She takes biscuits or Corn to the School as a lunch box. She likes all kinds of fruits and sweets.
When asked what her what she wants to become in future, she smiles and says 'I don't know'.
Thank you so much for your support. Your support has helped a childlike Sarmila find a home, go to school, eat food, get clothing and most importantly love, changing a life once at a time.
You can send gifts of cards and photos, or toys to Sarmila in this address.
For Sarmila Tamang
GPO 2623, KATHMANDU,
Prepared by Reuben