Suma is an unlikely revolutionary.  At the age of six, her parents sold her into indentured servitude. For the next six years, while her brothers attended school and lived at home with their mother and father, Suma labored as a prisoner inside strangers’ homes.

She confronted her mother years later: “You gave birth to me and your sons? Why did you discriminate?” Thanks to Room to Read’s Girls Education Program and partner groups like Nepal Youth Foundation that work to wipe out slavery in Nepal, Suma has come to realize her rights as a young woman.

Today, there is faint evidence of the victim who was unable to speak, unable to look anyone in the eye. Now Suma is a thriving student and outspoken advocate for girls education.  We had the honor of interviewing her on a recent 10x10 trip to Nepal, when we discovered her talents as a singer and songwriter.

Read more about Room to Read’s work in Nepal and remember that through the end of May, all donations to Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program will be matched up to $250,000.  Honor your mom or an important woman in your life by making a donation to support their work with girls like Suma.