A confident character born from Karnali: Manisha Singh’s success story

  • भाद्र २७ २०७९, सोमबार

Kathmandu . A girl from Kalikot of Karnali has got an opportunity to study in a college in Europe as a full-time student. On Monday, the Dusty Yak Foundation held a press conference to tell the story of the Nepalese girl from Kalikot, a remote district of Nepal, to Switzerland’s Eglon College, who managed to get the scholarship due to her determination, dreams and strength.

Manisha is the second child among five children born in a poor family in Kalikot, according to the foundation in a press conference. He has two sisters. Having lost her father’s support because she could not get a child, instead of studying like other children, Manisha used to sell fruits with her mother in the fields, at the station and help others with household chores. Her mother struggled to make ends meet. In a press conference, the founders of the foundation, Matthew William Hurley and his wife Mrs. Louisa, two British nationals, rescued the girls from Calicut and brought them to the Eglon College in Switzerland due to limited sources of income and not being able to feed their children. The sad story of Manisha’s experience while in Nepal was also told in the press conference.

Manisha’s mother forced her to treat her own child as less than an object, things took a turn for the worse. Like Manisha’s suffering at home, she found the condition of the orphanage to be poor and unorganized. He was also told that he was very disappointed when he saw that the children were not provided with proper food, clean clothes, health services or any other necessary material. Many children were hungry, physically sick and at risk of stunted growth due to lack of nutrition and poor diet. Two British citizens, Matthew William Hurley and his wife Mrs. Louisa Janecom, were instrumental in making Manisha’s dream a reality, it was informed at the press conference. After the Great Earthquake of 2015, he was actively providing aid and support through various charitable organizations in the country. Those two British citizens also came to Nepal with their two sons at the same time. The earthquake devastated the families of many Nepalis. Children were displaced and transferred to orphanages and children’s homes. It was here that the Balayati family found Manisha and her sisters and brought them to the Dusty Yak Foundation to help children in Nepal.

The Hurleys have volunteered as a Dusty Yak family in the Budanilkanth. Which service center is well equipped and maintained. All girls are enrolled in English medium schools, accommodation, food, education, love and care are provided. For 6 years, the girls had a nurturing, caring and loving family. In the Dusty Yak Society, Manisha also finally got her good vibes. In school, she consistently excelled in academics as well as excelling in extracurricular activities. She did very well in football, marathon, basketball, singing and dancing. At the Foundation, she relegated the rest of the children to the role of big sister. Keeping in mind the hardships and struggles she faced since childhood, Manisha also expressed her constant desire to become a lawyer to fight against the social injustice and inequality faced by her and her sisters in life. She wants to help other children and women.


It was clear that Manisha was extraordinary. British Mr. and Mrs. Hurley admired her determination and encouraged her to apply for a scholarship to the Eglon School in Switzerland, one of the most prestigious schools in the world. The journey to the Eglon School was not easy. There are very strict procedures to reach Eglon. It took months to complete the application process. The first stage of selection was the assessment and interview, for which she prepared day and night with her teachers, Hurleys and UK tutors. Who gave his time to help Manisha fulfill her dreams. Once the interview was over, she took an English language test, a general ability/IQ test, and a math test. The final and most important criteria on which his selection was determined was his letter of motivation for applying to the Aglon School.


She has achieved more than any child in the world. She is a child of Nepal and her success should be celebrated. Manisha’s journey to new education was almost stopped due to the government agencies of Nepal. Rajesh Kafle, Legal Adviser of the Foundation, said in a press conference that the Consulate of Switzerland has provided all the paperwork and sent it to the Nepali authorities in advance, provided copies of the documents related to Manisha to immigration, but there was an attempt to prevent her from reaching the world of beautiful dreams. He said, “Foreign families like the Hurley family are facing difficulties and they were detained for no reason.” He said that many Nepalis are suffering due to the habit of seeing all Nepalis in the same category. He said, even the foreign nationals, who are engaged in the campaign to make the future of a girl from a remote place of Nepal brighter, asked what could be more shameful than having to stay in Nepal’s jail. After overcoming these many problems, her birth mother, the support of Dusty Yak Society in Nepal and the intervention of some government employees did not stop her journey and today she is studying at Aglon College in Switzerland as a shining star of Nepal.