EMPOWERED by Ascentria: The struggle and success of a refugee family

EMPOWERED by Ascentria: The struggle and success of a refugee family


Refugee camp at the beginning was
horrible. It was not organized, people were coming, pouring in every day into
the bank of the river. There was no drinking water, no toilets, no health
centers, nothing. In 1992, and Purna and me got married. We had two children. One son,
he was born in 1992, and my daughter was born in 1995. Vasker, my son, when he was in
Nepal, he was talking to his friends and his friends had a country, so one day he
came to me and asked, “Baba, do I have a country?” I said, “No, you are a refugee. You don’t
belong to any country.” In October 2008, Ascentria resettled us in Worcester, Massachusetts. When we got the citizenship, Vasker came to me and said, “Baba, now I have a country. This is the country which picked
me up from a refugee camp and made me a citizen of this country. Now it is my turn to give to this country.” Now my son is in the Air Force. He is an officer. My daughter is graduating in public health, she going to get a job. So, I have nothing
to take from this country. Now, what I have is, I have only that I have to give to this country.

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