Kaila and Sabinna, two teenagers, live in a region where angular mountain slopes give way to vast valleys. Houses and buildings perch against steep hillsides.
Perhaps the precarious location of these hamlets mirrors the ease with which families’ dreams can plummet in these Himalayan foothills. People live in poverty, and most villages have school only up to 3rd or 5th grade. As hardship pushes dreams for education and opportunities to the edge, one tragic event could thrust them over.
That’s what happened in 2015, when everything literally came tumbling down. A massive earthquake and subsequent aftershocks devastated their country, decimated their village and destroyed the homes of both girls. The quake even took the life of Kaila’s younger sister. In the aftermath, Kaila’s and Sabinna’s families had one option for survival: move.
Starting Over with Nothing
They relocated to the nearest town and tried to start over, struggling to make ends meet by cultivating plots of land. In their new town they could resume school, but the families still struggled to feed their children—three in Kaila’s family and seven in Sabinna’s—much less provide for school supplies or tutoring.
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