My name is Nirdesh Achrya. I was born in a village named Tasarpu in Dhading. I am now 16 years old and I am studying in grade 11 at Ed-Mark Academy, which is in Kalanki in the Kathmandu valley. I completed my education till class 10 in my village. I passed the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) with a percentage of 71%.
When I finished the SLC, I decided to study science, which is what I am really interested in. My parents are farmers. My father managed to enroll me at Ed-Mark Academy by taking loans from other people at a high rate of interest. Because I had brought good marks at the SLC, he thought that I needed further education in a good college. So my parents sent me here in Kathmandu.
But I am really afraid that I will have to drop out from school in the middle of my studies, because of insufficient funds in my family. I am right now staying with relatives in Kathmandu. The room is 30 minutes away from my college by bus, which has brought me trouble because of the bus ride costs. I have two brothers and my parents, being workers on farms, can hardly finance the education of three children.
Due to the bad economic situation of my family, it really seems that my future is bleak. Yet I have high aims: my dream is to become a doctor and be able to help my village later on.