That evening Kursongkit and Samjyor came to our hotel and we were able to take them out for dinner. Samjyor is now working as a lawyer, having finished a law degree in 2018. Kursongkit is in her last year of a Master’s in Early Childhood Care and Education at Ambedkar University in Delhi (Faculty of Developmental Psychology). She is now working full time on her final thesis.
Last time we met Samjyor he was still a student. Now he is working, he has changed a lot, at least outwardly. We gather that he is in some kind of articles, which means working very long hours for not much pay (as it does in the UK).
It turns out that he and Kursongkit are cousins, which we did not know. They are planning to visit the Netherlands in 2020 after Kursongkit has finished her Master’s. Perhaps we will have a chance to see them then.
We said goodbye, then packed up and left for our early morning (01:30) flight from Delhi airport to London Heathrow.
A fitting way to end, perhaps, is with this image of Kanchenjunga taken from the Bamboo Grove in Gangtok, which reminds us of what a mysterious place Sikkim is, and how special its people.
Our thanks to everyone who helped us in our visit, especially Nichola from DGH for making arrangements, Rinchen for driving and Sangdup for looking after the DGH children as Guardian. We must also thank the individuals and companies who give generously, so making possible an education which would otherwise be denied. And lastly, our love to all the children and young people we met, and to those we were not able to see on this trip.