In celebration of International Women’s Day today and in advance of Mother’s Day next Sunday, this blog post is about my colleague and friend Mina (who coincidentally has my own mum’s name) and her son Pragyesh.
Mina is my counterpart, at the Ministry of Education section that I work at. She has not only helped to induct me into my VSO placement role but continually helps me with the protocols of working in the Nepal government system. I have learnt a lot from Mina, who used to be a teacher, from the wider cultural do’s and don’ts to the simple things that I need to be better at. We have lots of laughs in our section and Mina reminds me of my mum from continually adjusting my Kurta Sawal uniform, to getting me to tidy my hair and wear make up in an ever attempt to make me more of a lady!