The earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015 was a life-changing day for Rammaya* and her three younger sisters. Their mother, returning from church at the time of the quake, fell victim to the landslide, and their home and belongings were destroyed.
With their father away trying to make money in Malaysia, Rammaya and her sisters migrated from Rasuwa to Tanahu town with their aunt in the hopes of finding a more sustainable life. This proved difficult however, as their aunt struggled to support them on her own.
Today, it has been a little over a year since SOS Children’s Villages learned of the four girls and stepped in, offering them a lifeline and a family.
Miral, Rammaya’s SOS mother recalls how traumatised the young girl was when she first arrived at the Village. “Time and again she was talking about the earthquake and its bad effects. She used to talk about her mother most of the time. She was missing her mother very much.”
Rammaya cherishes memories of her biological mother. “She says that sometimes her mother comes to her in her dream and takes her smallest two sisters on her lap. This is what she tells me, Miral says. “I am happy to see the girls being happy and growing up well here.”
“SOS is a beautiful place,” Rammaya tells us. “The houses are big here. The school is very big and nice. I have got a lovely family with many brothers and sisters. The most important thing is, I have been receiving the love and care of a mother.”
No child should grow up alone: https://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/no-child-should-grow-up-alone
*Names changed to protect the privacy of the children.