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After spending most of his 19 years with Star Children, a residential home for HIV-affected young people, Jeevan is ready to fly the nest. And we couldn’t be prouder!
When Jeevan was only 5 years old, he was brought with his older sister to Star Children after their HIV-positive parents passed away. When they first arrived, they didn’t speak Nepali, so communication was a challenge.
But in the warm family-style environment of Star Children Jeevan blossomed. He has always loved singing and playing the guitar, entertaining his adopted siblings and carers. His calm and helpful nature make him well-liked by everyone. He performed well in school, and masters any new skill he chooses to undertake.
After completing secondary school, Jeevan undertook a course in finance, funded by a BTO scholarship. It provided him with work experience and boosted his confidence.
Jeevan has since found a job as a Junior Accountant at a marketing firm and is living with his sister, who previously graduated from Star Children. He is happy to be living with her again and is excited to start his new life as an independent adult.
“I’m very thankful to everyone who’s supported me,” Jeevan says. “I now know it’s not easy to earn money and no one wants to give it away easily. The support I’ve received from BTO sponsors and Star Children was hard earned, and I want to say I will never let them down and will do my best at every opportunity I get in life.”
Jeevan next aims to complete his bachelor’s degree in business studies.
📷 Dhurba Dhakal