At home, 11-year-old Lalita, helps her mother fetch water, cut vegetables and clean the house. On holidays, she collects firewood – a six-hour journey on foot from her house. Unlike most kids, Lalita prefers to go to school and wishes there were no holidays.
BATULI VILLAGE, BAJHANG - It’s two in the afternoon. As the bell rings, signalling the end of lunch break, 11-year-old Lalita Bohara runs to her classroom, opens her notebook, and sits down on a bench along with her classmates while waiting for their teacher.