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Arju's Pestalozzi Journey

Arju came to the Indian Village in 2006. Since graduating Pestalozzi World in 2014, Arju has become a licensed Lawyer in Nepal and plans to further her career by studying International Tax Law at the University of Amsterdam.

Before Pestalozzi World

"When I think of my life before PestalozziWorld and my life after Pestalozzi, I compare it with my sister. My sister studied locally and then decided to study on her own. The main difference between the two of us was that she was very dependent on our parents and I was very independent. Pestalozzi taught me a lot about independence, self-respect and how you should go ahead with your own passion, your own dreams. I think that is the thing I value the most otherwise I would have been back in Nepal under the restriction of my parents and my society, dealing with the societal values about how a woman should behave. Now I have my own voice and opinions and that’s how Pestalozzi has shaped me. I think without Pestalozzi I would have been missing a lot of perspective about life."

Memories of my time at the Village

"The funniest part about being in the Foundation House at the Village was that we had a few volunteers from abroad and coming from a very remote area in Nepal and then going to a place where you see a lot of foreigners and having experience new cultures and values, it was all very new. We weren’t used to it, being guided by them. Because of them we became more liberal, and it helped us grow a lot. We had a lot of monkeys in our house and one of them jumped on one of the volunteers and that made us laugh so much.

I took a lot of things from Pestalozzi World, but the most memorable part is the friends I made. I miss them but we are always there to support each other. I cherish those friends and will do anything to help them out."

Into Adulthood

"Pestalozzi taught me how we should be ourselves and how we should do what we really want to do because we are taught a lot of things that are not taught to us back in our homes. If it hadn’t been for them, I think I would have been just doing some random course which would have led me onto paths I would not have wanted to go down. Pestalozzi made me to realise what I am actually meant for due to the everyday guidance, teachings, and friendship circles.

After I graduated from Pestalozzi, I went to Kathmandu School of Law for the entrance exam and got selected and after that I started my 5-year Law course. Due to Covid my bar exam application was delayed, but I applied 4 months ago and finally I got my licence. I am now a lawyer, and I can practice legally in Nepal and represent lots of legal cases everywhere.

I have also been contributing my time to the Nepal Pestalozzi Foundation since 2017 as a secretary to the Board and now as Vice President and further to this I am pretty sure I will be able to help students to study under my own sponsorship in the future. That’s my goal!"

Future Ambitions

"I have applied for University of Amsterdam to study international tax law. I was looking out for universities that could offer the best tax courses and this was one of best courses as they provide it in collaboration with IBFD. IBFD is one of the biggest institutions on tax that is situated in Netherlands, so I am really happy that I got selected by that University. I have requested them to defer my education to next year, so I will be going next year.

Supporting education is so important, it is the ultimate need, ultimate medium which can bring change in the society. I humbly ask all of the donors and Trustees to please keep supporting Pestalozzi, as there are students like us who really want to do great things in life and bring change in the society but are not able to because of the financial burden of education. Thank you!"

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