Binisha’s father is a driver and her mother specializes in the homemade production of local alcoholic beverages. When the little girl was born, Jamuna had to quit working and look after her child. As a result, she was unemployed for more than a year without a choice.

Jamuna Shrestha Khadka is the mother of two-and- half year old Binisha Khadka, a student of the Early Childhood Development center at Manohara Community. Jamuna married to Prakash Khadka six years ago and moved to Manohara from a remote village of Ramechap, eastern part of Nepal.

Binisha’s father is a driver and her mother specializes in the homemade production of local alcoholic beverages. When the little girl was born, Jamuna had to quit working and look after her child. As a result, she was unemployed for more than a year without a choice.

However, when the ECD center was established in the community, Jamuna says she felt “hands free” and capable again; not only did she restart her liquor business but she also started spinning wheel to make yarn. “From 9:30 in the morning to exactly 3:00 o’ clock in the evening, right before I pick her up, I am able to do some work and earn a decent wage of approximately two-hundred rupees per day and that keep my pockets full. It may not be much, but it gets us some snacks when needed without having to ask anyone.”

Adding further she says that she is extremely satisfied with the service and care that is provided at a minimal charge of just a hundred rupees so close to home. “Perhaps, I wouldn’t have sent her to a center if it was far away from home and expensive; but thankfully, we have been blessed with a reliable facility and dependable teachers who can be entrusted with our little ones.”

“Thanks to the ECD center, I feel more independent.”

Report by Suhasha Malla