My name is Kusum Bijalwan. I live in Rishikesh. I have three sisters and one brother. I came to Mother Miracle School when I was a little girl in 2005.
In 2007, when I was 13 years old, I learned English grammar well enough that Shahla Ma’am gave me a chance to teach the small kids in the evening. When I got my first salary I gave it to my mother and she was so happy. That day I felt that I had also become a financial support to my family. Since then, I have been working part-time in Shahla Ma’am’s office as an accountant and giving my salary to my mother, and that makes me very happy.
When I was 14 years old, Shahla Ma’am took me and my friend Mamta with her to America for three months. She selected us because I was always number one in my class and Mamta was number two, so she rewarded us with this trip. That was a life changing memory for us. We went to New York, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and many other places.
We learned and enjoyed a lot. We also performed a few Indian classical dances, sang songs, and I played piano. I learned how to play piano with two hands in two months. Before that, I have never seen a piano in my life but I was determined to learn and perform three songs in front of many people while Mamta sang. Our performance in many schools, homes and fundraising functions was very successful. I also gave speeches about my experience in America and my life in India in front of more than 200 people on many occasions. This trip was the best part of my life and an unforgettable memory!
In 2010, I passed my 12th grade in first division and entered college. I received my Bachelor’s in Science and I’ve finalized my Master’s in science, and now I am preparing for my medical exam to receive a PhD in Zoology. From childhood, I dreamed of becoming a doctor and for that, I am studying very hard. I always loved to study and that was the reason I was always number one in my class and didn’t let anyone else get ahead of me.
Over the past eleven years, I have been very lucky to have a sponsor like Dwayne Smallen from the United States, who has been sponsoring me for my education, and for Shahla Ma’am who is always there for me whenever I need anything. She is my inspiration. When I become successful, I want to give my family a better life and fulfill my mother’s dream of having her own home. I also want to give back to Mother Miracle and support the girls and empower them to achieve their goals.
If I would not have met Shahla Ma’am, I would not be as strong and confident person as I am today to follow my dream to become a doctor. I am so lucky and proud to be a part of the Mother Miracle Family.
From childhood, I dreamed of becoming a doctor and for that, I am studying very hard. I always loved to study and that was the reason I was always number one in my class and didn’t let anyone else get ahead of me.
Kusum (age 8) with her friend Baboli. They came to sign themselves up at Mother Miracle School.
Kusum (age 13) teaching English grammar to students at Mother Miracle School to earn a salary that helped support her family.
Kusum (age 14) pictured with her friend Mamta after performing in front of an Emmy-Award winning actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo (right) in Calabasas, Los Angeles in 2008.