Kathmandu, Nepal( CNN) On this hot April day in the Nepalese capital, Maya Gurung wears pitch-black close-fisteds under a striped knee-length dress. She is trying not to be conspicuous, but other details present her away.
At 4 feet 10 inches, she towers over classmates barely out of toddler stagecoach. At lunch, she is the only one who doesn’t requirement a bib. And all the other children entitle her Maya didi, exploiting the Nepali term of respect for an older sister.
Maya will be 11 soon and only recently stimulated it to kindergarten. Still, it is a triumph she has come this far.
Maya is not from this bustling metropolitan, which lures mountaineers aiming for Everest and sightseers magnetized by the Himalayan kingdom’s rich history and culture. She comes from a remote and rugged home not frequented by outsiders.
She is one of six children placed in their own families that lives off the land and cattle in Kashi Gaon, village representatives in Nepal’s rocky Gorkha District. Maya facilitated her mother with fix, cleanup and retrieving firewood and ocean. She was destined to be married at a tender age and grow old within the confines of her birthplace.