BROADMEADOWS resident Kedar Acharya describes his life in a refugee camp in Nepal for 18 years as "just a dream now".
The 26-year-old, who has just received a Jan Pentland scholarship to study finance at Victoria University, came to Broadmeadows with his family in 2009.
Mr Acharya, who works as a financial counsellor at UnitingCare Sunshine and Broadmeadows, wants to further his studies.
When he was three, his family was among more than 100,000 Nepal-origin people evicted by the Bhutanese government from their homes in Bhutan.
The family spent 18 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. They faced poor shelter, floods and fires in the camp. During this time, Mr Acharya became proficient in English and completed a bachelor degree in business.
When he was 16, he began advocating on behalf of children in the refugee camp.
"My life here [in Australia] is totally different ... I've started working and believe I have a good life here."