Man Maya is 45 years old and lives in Sunsari, Nepal. She has two sons, aged 16 and 14 and one daughter, aged 18. Maya was left widowed a few years ago and with little skills and almost no education she was left almost destitute.
She did her best to seek out a living doing small jobs around the village and received food from her family. Eventually when her children came of school age she made he heartbreaking decision to send them to live with relatives so she could work in a shop to support them.
At the time she and her young children lived in mud hut that was constantly falling apart in the severe Nepali weather. Maya spoke of a time when she would wrap her children in a tarpaulin every night to protect them from the rain.
Recently with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Maya was able to build her own, safe home. It is a beautiful three roomed residence that has a gorgeous lotus flower painted on the front by one of our volunteers.
Since the new house was built Maya was able to start up her own shop and her children have been able to move home to be with her.
She says, “My parents were kind but they didn’t think to educate their children, so I remain uneducated. Because I didn’t study I had to struggle with my life, but I don’t want the same for my kids. I hope with a better education they will have a good future.”