Sunkali Budha; “From Shepherd to Best Player”

I am Sunkali Budha (15 years) from Ruga-6, Bama VDC of Mugu district. I spent most of my time rearing buffaloes and collecting firewood from jungle because my family is very poor. When GNI Nepal selected me as sponsored child, I was very happy because I was able to continue my education. Now, I am already at grade 8 at Shree Himodaya Lower Secondary School.

I didn’t have knowledge about football until I joined the Good Neighbors’ children’s club in Mugu. I learned the rules and skills of football through playing several games organized by this child club. I participated in girl’s football in 2011 and 2012 in Mugu and won both matches. In January 2013, GNI Nepal organized GN Inter Project G-Football in Kailali and I was selected as a team member from Mugu. My team played against Badikhel and Tikapur CDPs children’s club and won the match. I was recognized as the best striker in the match and popularity increases within and outside of the district. My parent felt proud of me. This kind of opportunity provided better management and leadership skills. Now, I have very good confidence to be a great football player.

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