Basudev Yadav was born in a remote village named Barbirpur of Saptari district in 1974 A.D. He came to realize that he was infected with leprosy at the age of 12 but could start his treatment only after 3 years after inquiring and knocking different doors. Initially, he went to a NGO named NLR (Neitherland Leprosy Relief) which had started operating in his village. There he came to know Dr. Suklal Singh, who referred him to Anandaban hospital at Kathmandu. He came to Anandaban hospital located at Lalitpur district of Kathmandu valley along with his brother after much inquiry. There, he was under medication continuously for 3 years as his ulcers kept on developing. However, before that he was relying on shamanism and didn’t get cured.
After his wounds were healed, he was reffered to New SADLE by Anandaban Hospital and joined New SADLE in the year 1995 AD as a worker in its paper section. In his early days at New SADLE, he was located to Nepali Sen Paper Factory, a Pokhara based paper factory run by New SADLE. After working there for 4 years, he came to Kathmandu as the paper factory was shifted to Kharibot, Kapan, at some distance from the New SADLE main office and worked there too for several years.
His fingers on the right hand are deformed and also underwent surgery on his left hand. His left leg is also loose/drop. Despite all these physical challenges, he has been able to conquer Mount Langtang for two times in the year 2010 AD and 2011 AD. He got this opportunity while working at New SADLE in collaboration with another organization named Read Nepal. He was one among the seven leprosy patients from different organizations who had turned up for this in the year 2010. Only 3 out of 7, could reach to the top of the Yala peak of height 5732 m/ 18,800 ft in the Langtang range. Even he was doubtful in the beginning whether he would be able to climb the mountain or not being a person from Terai (plains) and leprosy affected but he made it to the top with his desire and determination to prove himself. In the year 2011, he again went for the expedition along with three other leprosy affected people but only he could reach to the top of the Mount Langtang. This achievement has made Basudev feel proud of himself and expresses immense pleasure as he has been able to set an example to the world that even a person with leprosy could perform and do things as normal people. His story has been an inspiration to everyone.
These days, he is living along with his wife Chameli Yadav, a leprosy victim too, who is still working in the Batik section at New SADLE, and his two sons. His elder son studied till grade 9 and is now working in a company. His younger son is studying in grade 4 at the Lovely Angels English Boarding School run by New SADLE. At this age, Basudev, who has studied till 8th standard and always stood first in his class, sometimes feels sad as he could not continue his studies due to leprosy but is delighted to share that he has become a succeful entrepreneur today due to the continuous support of New SADLE. Its been four years that Basudev took over the paper factory from New SADLE and running on his own. He now supplies the paper products to New SADLE and also employs 25 people including leprosy affected and single women. He also provides training on paper production. He now lives a decent life and gets equal treatment and respect from the society.
His delightfulness and radiance for his achievements is clearly visible on his face. He is very thankful to New SADLE for its continuous support and reminisces if it had not been New SADLE, he would be begging somewhere on streets today. He also expresses his gratitude to all the well-wishers and donors of New SADLE for their constant help and making people like him stand on their own feet and run their life smoothly.