Meet Prem Tamang!
Prem, and his son Mima, meet Maggie and me in the office at Villa Verde. David, an adult, wanted to come to help translate for his father but, after a while, it turned into a highlight of Mima as well. Both men have great attitudes and life stories. It was fun to have a conversation with both of them.
Prem’s family is originally from Bhutan. During the 1990s the country initiated what they called an “ethnic cleanse,” trying to remove any ethnic Nepalis from the country. Prem’s family was a victim of this injustice and forced to live in Nepal as Bhutanese refugees for over 18 years.
“I was the first one to move to the United States with my wife, to help take care of her family,” Mima said, “The first place we lived was in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009.” Before long, Mima and his wife had moved out to Villa Verde to be closer to his wife’s family. His mother-in-law had ongoing health issues from a stroke and he wanted to contribute financially and with transportation to and from hospital visits.
“At first I didn’t want to bring my family out here because it was much more crowded in this part of Denver than where we lived in Atlanta. But it was taking a lot out of me to constantly travel back to Atlanta to make sure bills were paid and my parents were okay. So we moved my parents out here to Villa Verde as well.
“But there have been many good things for us living here because of Archway that we didn’t experience in Atlanta. We like it here very much.”
It was clear right away that Mima was a family man to his core. His primary goal is to care for his family, whether it is his parents, his own wife and kids, or his in-laws. Everything that he does, from his job to activities in his free time, is meant to better the lives of his family.