EDUCATION FOR THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN OF THE HIMALAYAS: SMD BOARDING SCHOOL
For 30 years, Himalayan Children's Fund has met the needs of Himalayan children, the indigenous people of northern Nepal. HCF helps us educate, and provide full care for hundreds of children on a 12 month basis.
It is a matter of life and death - an alarming number of Himalayan children die before they reach their 5th birthday. Marginalized by the rugged geography as well as their ethnicity, language, and Buddhist thinking, they are relegated to low caste status in this conservative Hindu country - no government in Kathmandu has ever seen fit to meet their needs. Mountain villages are undeveloped and without education and health care.
A Tibetan lama, Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche opened SMD to help Himalayan children preserve their Buddhist heritage, and to give children the tools to help themselves. SMD means everything to our happy children, as you can see in the video. Himalayan Childrens Funds helps make this possible.
My name is Palsangmo Sherpa B908 from a poor family.I graduated in 2011 and gave one year service to the school as a Hostel teacher and librarian. Right now I'm studying in Grade 11. I'm really grateful to Himalayan Children Fund for their kind support.
I'm Kabita Rokaya B363 from the mountains in the northwest of Nepal. I'm working on a bachelor's degree in social work. I'd like to convey my heartfelt thanks to Himalayan Children Fund for providing support for my education up to now. My life is so much better now because I see myself working in the fields in ragged
clothes if I hadn't got an opportunity to study at SMD School.
I'm Tsewang Chodon B330. I graduated from Grade 10 at SMD School in 2011, then I went back to the give service for one year, as a teacher in my village.
Now I'm waiting for admission into a 3 year paramedic course which starts soon. I'm very thankful to Himalayan Childrens Fund for helping me up to this stage.
HCF has been very supportive to me. This non-profit organization helped me from the time I was small and now, I am studying in university. I am very much thankful and grateful to HCF family. I really appreciate the support. Your love and care to poor Himalayan kids is admirable and praiseworthy. I'd like to express my gratitude to Debra Ann for taking her personal time to help poor Himalayan kids. A Standing ovation for HCF!!!
Tsering Dhundup Lama B340a
I am a Himalayan kid from Tatopani, Nepal and I am currently in Canada doing my high school. I was a student at SMD Boarding School. I was sponsored by a American man from Wyoming for 11 years. I was provided with excellent nutritious food, good clothes and challenging modern education. My sponsor donated money via HCF. Thank you!
Review from Guidestar
Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, a school for Himalayan children is based here in Kathmandu, Nepal. We have about 600 children receiving free education, children from the high Himalayas, where there are no schools and where hunger reigns. HCF helps us educate, feed, clothe and house the children and helps us to run our 24 - hour School Clinic so we can the full spectrum of care, including dentistry and vision. HCF has been helping our school for many years...and now we have 38 students who are overseas on scholarships, many here in Nepal finishing degrees or studying General Medicine to become 'barefoot doctors'. Thank-you HCF!