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A Schoolboy Looks to Nepal’s Army with New Pride

May 19, 2015
“I want to be in the army”, replied Sophil quietly, responding to his father’s urging to tell this visitor about his future goal. I had been introduced to the 9-year old child a week earlier as he sat in a place of honor inside his parent’s home, accepting gifts and congratulations following completion of ‘vratabandha’, the Nepali coming-of-age ceremony for boys. His father Bhagwan Shrestha and I have been working on a teacher training project and I was again at their home to discuss the school’s schedule and how we might address the needs of staff’s and students’ families most adversely affected by the earthquake. Surprised by his son’s new ambition, and with no history of military service in their family, the father pressed the lad on why this career interested him. “Because our army rescues the people,” explains the boy.

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