Sabitra Khadka lives on Jaishithok, Lamidada, Kavre; more 20 KMs to
the East from Dhulikhel. She is physically challenged girl with strong
desire to learn computers. She cannot use her both hands. Her family
is too poor that they cannot afford her for the treatment abroad. And,
most of the hospitals of Dhulikhel and Kathmandu had already declared
that she couldn’t be treated on Nepal. Doctors said, perhaps she
cannot be treated anywhere. She is struggling on 10th standard. She
passed ten years of her study only by writing with her toes. She eats
directly with her mouth without any help of her hands and toes. She
brushes her teeth with the help of her toes. She is 19 years old and
has two younger sisters and one younger brother. Bother is struggling
on 12 standard. Elder of the younger sisters is already married and
has a child, youngest is also on 10th standard.
She wants to learn computers and would like to be the sample for her community. She wants to serve her community by her computer knowledge. But she cannot afford it. ADRA, an INGO, is funding for her education. She placed her interest about Computers to ADRA and it sends her to Dhulikhel Telecenter to solve her queries. When she uses the computer for the first time, it was a laptop and she enjoyed it a lot. Later, she found it much difficult to learn since she is weak in English. She studied on a Public School that starts formal education of English only from class five. So, its been only five year, she is introduced to English. She is perfect on making sentences but is really weak on understanding the meaning of sentences. She placed the same problem to the Dhulikhel Telecenter and came to know about Windows Localization Project. She said, only the Windows in Nepali can fulfill her dreams.
I got her when we were making a documentary related to Windows Localization Project.