Ikesh Tamang (M - 5 yrs) & Nikhil (M - 4 yrs):Tired of the beatings of an alcoholic father and poverty, Ikesh’s 3 older brothers chose to live and beg on the streets. Ikesh too would have soon followed them if his mother hadn’t brought him to Koseli. Nikhil was asked to join the school in the following year. Koseli is still looking for the elder brothers to bring them to school.
Arjun Tamang (M - 7 yrs), Sita Tamang (F - 8 yrs) Sita is visibly a happier child of the two siblings. Looking at them, it is difficult to imagine that due to poverty, the mother could not raise her all five kids and so has donated 3 of their older siblings to a monastery.
Krishna Karki (M - 12 yrs) An orphan, he had never been to school earlier. Krishna is being supported by his grand father who is quite old. He used to lock up Krishna in the room from the fear that the kid would get lost, while he went to work. The grand father now feels that he can die peacefully as his grandson’s future is secure. Krishna is a lovely child with an appetite for studies. He talks like an adult for he has never been with kids much before coming to school.
Arjina Dahal (F - 7 yrs) Arjina had not been to school for 4-5 months because her mother wasn't able to pay her fees. Her mother did bead work but her earnings were meagre to support her daughter's education. Arjina was very happy from her first day at Koseli. She loves playing with dolls and dreams of being a doctor one day.
Arun Pariyar (M - 5 yrs) His mother suffered from second and third degree burns when she was pregnant with his younger brother. Even though she recovered (with the help of some philanthropic organization) her face and hands are severely disfigured. So, the child got his name “Jale” (meaning : burns). The first thing Koseli did was to give him a descent name. He is now well settled in school and loves colouring and playing on the slide.
Anup Katwal (M - 9 yrs) a very intelligent boy, wants to move up the classes as soon as possible. So his entire focus is on doing his work and studying as much as possible. The mother does odd jobs at construction sites to bring up her only child.
Jenisha Basnet (F - 9 yrs) She is a combination of poverty and illness. Her father has a rare heart condition and has been in the hospital for last one year. The mother takes turns to be with the father and with the children. She also does odd jobs to support her family. Jenisha loves Koseli because she loves playing with her friends.
Krishna (M - 14 yrs) & Pramila (F - 13 yrs) Their elder sister was married at 16. Their father is an alcoholic and they live where the pigs live.The mother had come for their younger sibling's admission while these two were not going to school. After all they have reached the right age to work. But we insisted on taking them instead of the younger child. Krishna had already taken to ways of the street and his own gang which is regularly involved in fights with other gangs. But his love for studies brings him to school everyday. The teacher's are still working on Pramila's basic reading writing skills, before she can be assigned a class.
Pratima B.K. (F - 6 yrs) She is the youngest of the 5 siblings. Two years ago the father left for the middle east in search of a job and hasn't returned since or sent any money either. The mother washes dishes in a catering company and is paid on daily basis. Pratima is a cheerful child, she went to the mobile slum school. She is good academically and wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
Samjhana Lama (F - 10 yrs) Samjhana's parents are alcoholics. She is fortunate to have her granny's support. She now lives with her instead of her parents. She simply loves Koseli for her friends.
Sanjay Lama (M - 8 yrs) After their father left, his mother who is a flower seller in front of a temple tried to support her 4 kids. Life was tough and his elder three brothers took to the streets of Kathmandu and are now living the lives of street kids. Sanjay weighed his options of going with his brothers or joining Koseli. Finally his desire to study brought him to Koseli. He is an intelligent child and takes keen interest in his academic work.
Jamuna Tamang (F - 5 yrs): Jamuna loves singing and dancing. She lives with her mother in the slum with no memories of her father. She wants to be a nurse when she grows up.
Anita Karki (F - 8 yrs) Anita’s father does menial odd jobs at the construction sites. Anita is fascniated by the doctors and nurses and so she has decided that she too wants to grow up and be a nurse.
Sushmita (F - 14 yrs), Sunita (F - 11 yrs), Anita (F - 9 yrs), Sushma (F- 4 yrs) All the four sisters want be singers and dancers when they grow up, however what they do not know is that all four sisters have a natural aptitude for academics.