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Images of steep Himalayan spires, yak herders and fluttering prayer flags spring to mind when you think of Nepal, but you might not imagine life in the mountains as harsh and survival uncertain. The mountain villages are isolated and remote, and life is pre-industrial. With no access to sanitation, running water, electricity, health care or education, Himalayan folk suffer in silence -- a forgotten people.  Compounding the challenges these people face are child trafficking, high child mortality, and child marriages.  Having an education makes a huge difference in the lives of the Himalayan children.

In most remote Himalayan areas, children receive no education; in fact, the literacy rate is a mere 2%. Education has been profoundly affected by the civil war that ended in 2006. Schools were abandoned and suffered damage to roofs and floors, and books, desks and chairs were looted.  Salaries for teachers in outlying areas went unpaid. Corruption in Nepal, including government schools, is extreme.  In many cases, teachers do not show up for school, but are still paid.  The supervisors compound the issue by confirming that the teacher is at the school when in fact he is not.  


In 2010, the Himalayan Teachers Project was born.  Eileen Parker, Barry Johnson and Mary Lou Greenwood initiated the Himalayan Teachers Project in partnership with Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School (SMD) located in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Shirley Blair, the Director of the SMD School.  

First a little history            Shree Mangal Dvip School (SMD School)

The eminent Tibetan lama, Thrangu Rinpoche, founded Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School to meet the needs of the children from remote Himalayan villages where there are no schools.  This school was opened in Kathmandu 1987 to serve Himalayan children from four to twenty years old.  Instruction is offered from preschool to grade 10.  Currently there are nearly 700 students with over 60% of them being girls.  Besides boarders, there are day students, including nuns and monks that attend from Rinpoche’s monastery and nunnery.
All schooling for these children is funded through overseas sponsors.  SMD is too crowded to offer Grades 11 and 12, so students going on to a higher education must be taught outside of SMD School at for-profit schools (all urban), again funded through donations. 

 The Himalayan Teachers Fund addressed this challenge!

The London team raised over $23,000  

enough to train 4 teachers to return to their Himalayan villages and teach approximately 200 children. 

The funds will be dispersed as follows based on current costs:
Training Costs per Student
 (Note: students will be housed by SMD school while finishing grades 11     
   and 12.)
Grades 11 & 12                  $1,000
3 Years University             $1,125 ( $375 x 3 years - includes books)
Salary for 2 years              $3,250 ($125 per month x 13 months x 2
years) in Lhi village, Nubri
School supplies                  $  500
Total costs                         $5375

Selection Criteria
Shirley Blair, Director, has chosen FOUR SMD students based on the following criteria:

1. They would wish to serve.  This is most important.  This type of thinking is ingrained in the students through the Buddhist training of giving back and helping.

2. They would be committed to the founder's aims of preserving the culture, language and Buddhist way of life of the Himalayan people.

3. They would be required to have high marks and organizational skills.

4. They would be required to make a 2-year commitment in writing to Thrangu Rinpoche to remain in their villages to teach upon completing their education.

The students that have been chosen are:

* Phur Yudon (left) * Tashi Chodon * Mikmar Bhuti  * Pasang Lhamo (withdrawn by family)

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Student teachers

Reading Angels in Lhihi, Nubri, Nepal

Delvah Project PDF SMD KIDS fundraising



June 2011 PDF

October 2011 

The Style Alliance from Australia
January 2012
January 2012


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