Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School (SMD)       Sponsor FEES

Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School is in Boudha, Kathmandu, near the great stupa

Education is the primary vehicle by which poor children can lift themselves out of poverty. 

Thrangu Rinpoche established the school in 1987 with a vision of providing an education for children from the Himalayas. 

While offering these children a secular education, SMD School also helps to preserve Tibetan Buddhism as well as the language and the cultural identity of Himalayan peoples.

Almost 600 children are enrolled as day students or boarders, waking at 5:30 in the morning for prayers and studying before eating breakfast and then putting in a full day of school. 

42 nuns and 40 young monks go to SMD in Kathmandu with lay children. 

More than 30 students are studying abroad on full scholarships at high schools and universities.   

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About Our Students

Our students come from the high mountains of Nepal, from villages that have no electricity, no toilets, no sanitation, no hospitals, no telecommunications, no roads and no schools.  The villages are 6 to 14 days' trek from the nearest road and lie above 10,000 feet (3000 m). Getting word to and from the villages sometimes takes months, depending on weather conditions.

We know the children before they come to us. They are younger siblings, nieces or nephews of our students, or of Rinpoche's monks and nuns. In any case, their backgrounds are well-known. They are means-tested by virtue of their Himalayan origins.

We are very crowded at SMD. The Waiting List numbers more than 200. When we have a free bed, a Himalayan child can come to school and we send word up the the villages. The messages have to be delivered in person, most often by our nuns and monks. Sometimes it takes a few months to get word into the mountains. Occasionally the family sends a different child than the one chosen. We try to be flexible about this, and ask that sponsors do the same.

Once the children come down to SMD, they may see their families once a year, generally in the winter.  In the other seasons, the parents are busy with their animals (yaks and goats) and the summer crops (barley, potatoes and maize). Many families come down to the Kathmandu Valley to do pilgrimage, and to escape the heavy winter snows. Winter is when we have the long holiday of the year.  

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Cooking Programme

Sandy Garson volunteered years ago in our ancient, wood-burning kitchen. She returned many times, to teach about nutrition and to encourage our cooks to try new recipes. Our monk 'nyerpa' (manager/buyer) Karma Lekshey saw how the kids' health improved, and with Lekshey's help, the gospel spread to the monasteries and the nunnery.

Sandy and other volunteers managed to get Thrangu Rinpoche's people interested in growing their own food; the monastery at Namo Buddha and the nunnery, Thrangu Tara Abbey, boast organic gardens nowadays, and when SMD moves, and we have enough space, we will have a garden too. 

Veggiyana website about SMD School Cooking Programme

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