“I’m from a rural part of the country where we have our own difficulties. I studied at the village school till class 8 and then transferred to a school in a nearby town. In the village, I’d help my parents herd the cattle in thick jungles. I’d even bunk classes to go with them. This one time, I thought my father was lost when he didn’t return by dusk and ran into the forests. A man, luckily, stopped me. It turned out that my father had returned. There was nothing to light my way but my parents were all I had so I worried. They still help me and my brother financially. They worked hard and never let us be short of food, clothing or shelter. When we were younger, a ball of cheese would only fetch Nu.10 but now the price has increased. My mother never went to school but my father left a job to herd the cattle.

Village life does have its own struggles but at least the villagers were well informed about safe sex and reproductive health. Health officials from the local BHU often gathered villagers and gave talks about family planning, HIV and other health issues. They’d also visit every household and distribute condoms.

I’m now studying at the Paro College of Education. I’m where I am now thanks to the support of my parents, relatives and friends. During vacations, I spend my time herding cattle which means that I’m away from the internet and the world outside my village. People used to call me names and bully me for this. But some friends shared current news and events with me via text on my father’s phone.

I was reputed as a naughty kid in the village because I once disassembled 2 radios to play with the magnet. But I’m not a radio-stealing kid anymore. I’ve gotten a good education and am waiting now for my debut novel to be published. I never let a single day go by without reading something. I think I’m a storyteller because I write by imagining entire stories out of simple incidents.

My only wish in life is to support my parents in the ways I can. No matter where I go, I’ll never forget where I come from.”

Humans of Thimphu with YPEER Asia Pacific Center -Ypeer AP brings stories of Young Key Population, their lack of access to SRH education and their journeys.

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