Hari Maharjan, who is hearing-and-speech-impaired, has been working at the Baneshwor outlet of Bakery CafÃ© for the last nine years. And writes down that he â€œwas very happy when I started earning.â€
And wouldnâ€™t anyone? He is not only standing on his own two feet but taking care of his wife and three-year-old daughter.
A love marriage, Maharjan and his wife â€œused to study in the same schoolâ€. Maharjan completed his studies from the Bahira Bal Vidyalaya, Naxal.
His friends who had been working at the outlet told him about the Bakery CafÃ© and Maharjan decided to come and work here too.
â€œWe are given training for six months. We get to work only after that,â€ Maharjan writes. â€œWe are taught things like cleaning glasses, plates, forks and knives, the proper way to stand and walk, to welcome guests, show the menu and take orders.â€
He is happy with the way his life is going on and has no regrets as such.
â€œI donâ€™t have any regrets about not being able to speak, but sometimes when I meet people who can speak and I canâ€™t hear and understand what they are saying, I feel sad.â€
He is grateful to his school where he learned many life skills, and he is thankful to the management of Bakery CafÃ©. â€œThis place has given us an opportunity to work and be an example to others.â€ And the word he wants to spread out to others is that, â€œI want to see more people like me work according to their capabilities.â€