“I remember being so impressed by his passion, vision, and hard work for the Sikles community,” writes Arianna.
“He was in inspiration, so kind and so helpful for my undergraduate dissertation research. And with a brilliant sense of humour,” writes another visitor Zuzanna.
“What a loss the Sikles and wider community will be feeling right now. Such a keen mind full of generosity and drive. In the times I had the pleasure of talking with him, he always made me feel I had more to offer than I realised,” writes Paul.
“What a huge loss. I can’t imagine the village without him. He was a pillar of the community in the trusted sense. He really held it up in so many ways,” says Alyn.
BK Shrestha from Global Action Nepal who worked in Kaski area says, “He was not only educator for children but whole Sikles community.”
Suraj was always immediately available when the authors visited Siklea and updated me on village affairs with a great humour. He was always concerned about the number of young people leaving the village.
Suraj took great pride in his role as political leader in his later years. He was a keen supporter not only of formal education but also non-formal education and took keen interest in the discussion group literacy classes that ran in Sikles.