Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School (SMD) Sponsor FEES
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
More than 30 students are studying abroad on full scholarships at high schools and universities.
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
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
Once the children come down to
SMD, they may see their families once a year, generally in the winter.
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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