“I always knew that I wanted to come back to my village and run the local health clinic.”

Tsering, now 23, was one of Stay At School’s first scholarship graduates. She was a very good student, doing when in science and determined to make a difference locally by returning to her native village of Mopung to run the local health post.

Serving a very poor community of over 1,000 people who may live up to 2 hours walk away, Tsering has enormous responsibility for someone so young. But her calm and knowledgeable approach reassures the ill and injured that they are in good hands.

Tsering’s parents farm a small plot of land, growing corn, barley and millet. It is a very tough life for the family; Tsering has two younger brothers and a sister. But her parents were absolutely determined that all of their children would get a good education and break the cycle of subsistence agriculture that consigns families to eternal poverty.

Tsering’s first break came with the valuable support of science teacher ND Rai who inspired her to follow sciences. Aided by a scholarship provided by Stay At School, and through the sacrifice of her father finding low paid work in Oman, Tsering was able to pursue her nursing studies in Kathmandu. After working for a year in the capital at Himal Hospital, Tsering achieved her dream of returning to her home village to run the community health post.

Tsering says it best herself: “I am very proud to be a nurse and I love what I do.”

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