“Agay & Apa passed away 9 days apart from each other. Life wasn’t the same after that. In every step of the way, Apa’s absence left a deep void. Everyday, I walked 12 km to school. The struggle only got bigger when I was made the school captain. Sometimes, in order to do my duties, I’d stay at my friends’ home. This made Ama worry a lot. After 10th, I was sent to study at T/phu with my sister. There, I joined the Scouts & participated in various community services. It was during one of the fund raising programs when I was badly sick. I was in class 12 & I performed poorly in my exam. This forced me to ask myself- what’s next?

During the break, I did a temporary job in Punakha at the Royal Project. I used the money to pay for the evening classes to repeat the year. This was a hard-earned second chance & I wasn’t going to waste it. Everyday, I’d get my doubts cleared from teachers & solve all the past papers. When the result came, it shocked me. I’d done extremely well & got into Sherubtse.

Before college, I worked again with Royal project, this time as a volunteer. In 4 months, I got to work with many different people & even in the Royal flower exhibition. To my complete shock, in the end, I was handed Nu 54,000 for my volunteer work. Grateful, I used it for my expenses for college.

My plan now was to only focus on studies. The memory of once failing badly haunted me. However, I was again in the centre of many community services. During my 3rd year, I came across Aum Buku, a 60 year old mother of 2 children living with disability. She struggled caring for them & living in her dilapidated home. As the FINA president, I took it upon myself to rebuild her house. We sought assistance from Ability Bhutan & Journalist Namgay Zam helped raise more funds online. Our students here volunteered as laborers. In the end, her new house turned out beyond all our expectations.

Aum Buku’s story made me realize the importance of a safe home for everyone. Recently, we came across a family in Bartsham whose house was crumbling down. This time, it’s proving harder than before but I’ve made it my life’s goal to see this all the way through.”

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