“I had to drop out of school early and work as a babysitter to support my parents who had to clear a huge debt. However, my interest and fate to continue my education willed me to fight for it. I took all the hardships to go back to school after two years. My parents were poor and it was already time for me to join my secondary school in Langthel. The school was two days of walk and several hours of driving away from my village. Education was free, but I had to pay for bedding, school uniform and few other items, amounting to Nu. 6000 per year. My parents were already drowning in a huge debt, and so they wanted me to get married and help them in the field work instead, to which I refused.

Every year several tourists passed by the Nabji-Korphu trail, in the south of Trongsa. It was during a cold winter back in November 2009, when my friend and I met a group of tourists who visited my village for a festival. We all sat around the fire and suddenly I was approached by a man called Peter who wanted to know about me. I told him about myself and my problems and in a random moment of hope asked him, “Sir, would it be possible for you to help me continue school?” I had no idea what the implication of that question would be.

The next morning, on my way to school, I visited him again and offered three boiled eggs. It was customary to do so. Later that morning, he visited my school principal and decided to take care of all the expenditure of my schooling until I completed my studies. In January 2010, he sent me a letter. He had given the letter to passing tourists with a small note that said, “I have an adopted daughter named Kinley Dema, can you please drop by Langthel and hand over this letter to her”.

Once again on 10th October, 2011, I received a letter from him which inspired me further. It read, “Dearest Kinley. I am very proud of you. You have managed all by yourself to wrestle yourself from a humble background, your parents wanted you to get married but you were strong and said No. You were a school dropout and came to get a second chance and you found me. So, you should be proud of yourself. Let me tell you something else. My love for you is unconditional, your school results have nothing to do with that”.

A simple “Thank you” will not do justice to the appreciation I have for him. I wouldn’t be able to complete my education if I hadn’t met him. Thank you heavenly father for giving me a second chance in life, for making my future as bright as yours and for granting me grace even though I felt so unworthy. Words fall short to express my gratitude but your gesture of kindness, care and love will never be forgotten. I want you to know that I am forever grateful and indebted to you.”

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