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The untold story of RAP3 MHLR RBGs

In every area of struggle there are still rays of hope

I am Darja Kulal from Gamgadhi, Mugu. I am 18 years old. I have a great desire to see Mugu grow economically and socially soon because I am tired of seeing poor people and their daily struggles. I am so happy to be able to join the RAP3 MHLR Project as a Road Building Group member that works for the development of a remote district like Mugu. I have completed my grade 12 and waiting for the results to be published. I had absolutely no plan for what to do after studying, nor where to go. We have no opportunity for young people like us in a backward district like Mugu. If you live in Kathmandu, I’ve heard that there are many opportunities over there. Unlike us, people living in Kathmandu have many options and facilities to help grow a career of your choice. For us, we don't even know what we want to do in the future. I have a few friends from Mugu living and studying in Kathmandu and looking at their confidence level made me realise that I too need to go out of this place for my career development. Therefore, I decided to leave for Nepalgunj to see if there is anything that I could do in the developed city. But, it was not that easy! I could not decide my career over a night in Nepalgunj, which I thought would be possible. On top of that there was nobody to guide me, to suggest I take my career further in one specific area. I was completely clueless. I was only wondering what to do, where to take my further steps and I did nothing except wandering around the hot air of Nepalgunj.

At the same time, I heard about the RAP3 MHLR Project that was going to build a road in our area. They were planning to recruit local people for road construction work and that made me return to Mugu. Now, I am happy with the road construction work I do in my place. I have been able to collect some money from this work. After completing road construction here, I will continue my study in Nepalgunj with the money I have saved for later. If I study hard, I can also be like my friends in Kathmandu. Therefore, I would like to pay more attention to my study.

I am also interested in video making work, but I have no idea how we make beautiful videos. Otherwise, I would have recorded the video of beautiful places in Mugu and also the misery, struggles and the sadness our people experienced here due to lack of employment and development facilities so that everyone can see our struggles including government. Let's see what happens, I can't say right now about the video making work because I need to focus on my study first.

But, if you meet the UK government, please give my immense thanks to them for giving employment to the unemployed youths like us. Because of the money I earned from this project has given me a strong will power to continue my study in Nepalgunj. Otherwise, I have no idea what I would do in Nepalgunj without having any financial support. It is difficult to be dependent upon relatives. Maybe, money has that power to lead us into our destinations because without having a little money in hand, it is difficult to think of achieving success.

Interviewer: Milipa Thapa
Date of interview: 10th September 2019