Budu arrived in the United States in 2002 only to find that Maoist massacres in Nepal made it too dangerous for her and her husband, Uttam (ooh-tom), to return to their homeland where they had left behind their three children. As she anxiously awaited Visas for her kids to join her in New Mexico, Budu needed to be productive, but had never been to school and could not read nor write in any language. In 2003 a friend brought Budu to Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe. With the help of dedicated tutors, Budu learned to read and write for the first time, and also to speak in English. She now boasts that she can read anything. In proof of this, last year Budu and Uttam studied for the Citizenship test with a tutor and passed. On May 13, 2011, they were proudly sworn in as U.S. citizens. Budu is now pursuing culinary classes at Santa Fe Community College in hopes of furthering her education.