When Tanya was Homeless

Boudhanath Stupa where Tanya lived when homeless

Can you imagine being thrown out of your home while a teenager and living on the streets? What if you had mental health problems too? How incredibly vulnerable you would be.

This is what happened to Tanya, and I tell her story in chapter 2 of ‘Come With me to Kathmandu: 12 powerful stories of women’s courageous faith in Nepal’ due to be released to mark International Women’s Day in March 2023.

Recently, Tanya took me to Boudhanath Stupa, where she lived while she was homeless. She showed me where she slept and where she begged. We also saw the pharmacy where the kind proprietress stitched up a gash on Tanya’s forehead after some people, annoyed with her begging, chased her away with stones.

I have put together this video so you, too, can see where she survived during these years.

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