Mariyam Subba is a School Health Activist from the Lingten Agricultural Cluster. She currently works with two government schools and one low-cost private school. She is a thoughtful and active member of her community and well respected by her peers and elders. Recently, Mariyam and her husband have opened a small road-side shop within their village to help supplement her family's living expenses.
Mariyam lives in Kolbong Busty, a village located approximately three-hours outside of Darjeeling town. The nearest town area to Kolbong is Bijanbari. Mariyam is married to Puk Tshering Lama and together they are raising a kind and thoughtful teenage son, Abishek Lama. Aside from being a CHHIP SHA, Mariyam is in charge of cooking all of the meals for her family and taking care of everyone who lives in her house, which includes her husband, son, and father-in-law, Pama Lama. She is also an active member in her church and assists with a Bible study group, and serves as a Sunday School teacher. Prior to working with CHHIP, Mariyam was already an advocate for health in her community and often helped take people who had fallen ill into the town area to see a doctor or get the medical help they required.
When we asked Mariyam why she wanted to become a CHHIP SHA, she explained that she was excited to learn new things about health. Her desire for knowledge is not only to help further herself, but she specifically told us that she plans to use the knowledge gained to help her community move forward in their understanding of health and hygienic behaviors. Mariyam feels that being a part of her communities’ development will be a rewarding job for everyone in the Lingten area.