Terry Symonds' B.C. Initiative supporting

10 SMD Students in Nepal

Fund Raising Event  

May 4, 2013

was a great success!  Thanks to all. 

Please help Terry to help these kids. 

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Student Fees    $900 / year         

* Room & Board 
* Education & Supplies
* Clothing & Health Care
* Safety & Love

Terry Symonds, a retired teacher in Surrey, BC, wants to help 10 Shree Mangal Dvip (SMD) Boarding School students with their education.

The children board on the crowded SMD campus in Kathmandu, Nepal, and study in buildings on the compound. SEE PHOTOS

They receive clothing, food, health care and excellent education, preparing them to benefit their communities and their country.

SMD students learn the Nepali academic curriculum, study in English, write the SLC (School Leaving Certificate) Exams, passing at the top of the whole country rankings, and often receive scholarships to study abroad.

Below are short biographies of the chosen students with photos from before they came to SMD and from this August, 2012.  

Terry has set a goal of finding ongoing sponsorship to fund each student's schooling and living expenses.

B12.16 Sachin Ghale Boy12 yrs Class: Special High



Sachin Ghale is from Bhojpur district, the hilly region of Nepal. Here, as in the HImalayas, education, health, transportation and sanitation service are very patchy at best.

Like most villagers, his parents are subsistence farmers, their only training. Before coming to SMD Sachin had to work in the fields with his parents. His parents couldn’t afford to pay the fees necessary for his studies at a government school, where standards are extremely low. He came to SMD School by the help of his relatives. He is very happy to get chance to study in SMD. 

B12.15a  Karma Mendrup  Boy 12 yrs  Class: 5a



Karma Mendrup is an adopted kid, something extremely rare in caste-conscious Nepal. Buddha taught that caste is meaningless; luckily for Karma Mendrup, he was adopted by a Buddhist woman, Dechen Chogyal, who stays at a nearby monastery. (You can read more about this remarkable woman HERE

When Karma was an infant his biological parents passed away.  They were from a very remote area called Dolpo. Karma Mendrup has a biological elder brother, a monk in the same monastery where Dechen lives. Their mother is very grateful to Thrangu Rinpoche for every opportunity he has provided to Himalayan kids to save their language, culture and Buddhist way of life. 

B12.14 Karma Tsering Boy 5 yrs Class: Nursery



Karma’s family comes from a remote village called Prok in Nubri, an area in high Gorkha which borders Tibet. Prok is totally undeveloped - there is no  electricity, running water, sanitation, medical care or education. 

Nubri folk originated in Tibet and until recent years, traded over the passes into Tibet for anything they couldn’t grow or make by themselves (mostly salt and metallic items). Cross-border trade is impossible now. It’s very hard to eke out a living; some villagers come down to the city in hopes of finding survival.

Karma is the youngest child of in his family. Both of his parents are working somewhere else inside Kathmandu Valley but they earn very little and could not afford to pay user fees in government schools. His parents are very delighted to see their child study in SMD where the Himalayan language, culture and Buddhist way of life is preserved and taught to the kids. Karma feels safe and happy now.

B12.17 Phuntsok Sangmo  Girl  6 yrs   Class: UKG



Phuntsok Sangmo is from Khangsar village in Tsum area, Gorkha District. Tsum lies on the border of Tibet.  The village Phuntsok Sangmo comes from lacks basic services like roads, transportation, electricity, telecommunications and sanitation. There is no school in her village so most of the villagers are uneducated. They have no understanding of health and hygiene; some of the villagers face death from curable diseases like fever, diarrhoea, and measles.

Her parents farm which is the only occupation they are skillful in doing and trained by their parents and grandparents. The earning that they get from farming is not sufficient to send her to school. She has an elder sister who is also studying at SMD. They are grateful and happy to get an opportunity to study at same school. 

B12.11 Metok Lhamo Girl:  5 yrs  Class: Nursery 


     BEFORE                                 AFTER

Metok Lhamo is from Nar village in Manang district, northern Nepal. Nar lacks services the modern world takes for granted:  education, health care, sanitation, transport and drinking water.  High-altitude farming is very hard because there’s no irrigation - crops depend upon snowmelt.

Metok's parents are in Nar. Her father works in the fields. Sometimes, if they have good yield, they sell extra crops to earn cash; otherwise, it’s hand to mouth. Metok Lhamo’s mother works at home as well as rearing the cattle. If Metok were still in her village then she would have to help her parents in the fields, fetch water and firewood, and herd the cattle. She feels very fortunate to get the opportunity to study and stay at SMD. 

 B12.15  Tenzin Sangmo  Girl 7 yrs   Class: UKG



Tenzin Sangmo is from Tsum area, Gorkha district. Ngag is an undeveloped village where education, healthcare, sanitation and transportation are lacking. It takes almost a week and half to walk to Ngag from Kathmandu as there is no access to transportation. Crops are dependent on snowmelt for irrigation which makes farming difficult.

Her parents are farmers. Sometimes her father goes to different families' houses to pray. He is a ngakpa (lay buddhist lama) and dresses like a monk). Her mother works at home. They could not study when they were young and are having tough times; they don’t want their children to face the same problems. Her parents are delighted and grateful that Tenzin got an opportunity to study at SMD.

B12.18  Tenzin Norsang  Boy 5 yrs Class: Nursery



Tenzin Norsang is from a remote village called Chhekampar in Tsum, Gorkha district. This village lies at high altitude over 3500m in the Himalayas, on the Tibet border. You can read more about Tsum here: www.tsumvalley.org/

There is no school and no access to transportation in this region. As in most of the remote areas in Nepal, most of the villagers are uneducated. They have no good understanding of health and hygiene. Some of the villagers face death from preventable diseases like diarrhoea, fever, dysentery and colds. 

His parents are uneducated and they have no other option than toiling in the fields and rearing cattle. His mother works as a housewife and looks after cattle. It is his father who strives in the fields every day. Now, Tenzin feels very happy to get chance to stay and study at SMD. 

B12.21 Tenzin Bhuti Girl 7 yrs  Class: Special Jr



Tenzin Bhuti is from a village called Paro in Tsum, in northern Gorkha district on the Tibet border. Most of the people there are uneducated and have no understanding of health and hygiene. Like most of the remote areas, some of the kids in this region are facing death from curable diseases like colds, dysentery, diarrhoea and measles.

Her parents are also uneducated and they don't have any other options than working in the fields. Her mother works as a housewife and rears cattle. Her father toils in the field for most of the time all alone. It is a hand to mouth existence. Tenzin Bhuti has one younger brother who is studying with her in SMD. She is very happy to get chance to stay and study in SMD.

B12.20 Tsewang Norbu Sherpa  Boy 10 yrs Class: Special Jr. 



Tsewang Norbu is the fourth child in his family. He’s the younger brother of Chaynga Sherpa B021, now studying in Red Deer, Alberta. The family of 7 comes from a village called Tatopani, Sindhupalchok district. 

Tsewang Norbu’s mum and dad are subsistence farmers. As most mountain people are, they are illiterate. According to the Buddha’s teachings, one needs to be able to study. He taught: Study, contemplate, meditate. 

Sindhupalchok is food deficit. As with many kids, Tsewang Norbu didn’t get enough food or good nutrition when he was small and because of this, it took a long time to change his mentality and day-to-day behaviours (according to his big brother, Chaynga).

Tsewang Norbu’s village has no running water, electricity, sanitation and medical care. “Since there is no hospital or even a small clinic, we don’t think of going to the hospital when we get sick or injured,” says Tsewang’s dad Pema Sherpa.  

B12.22 Tsering Gyurme Boy 5 yrs Class: Nursery



Tsering Gyurme is from Yolmo, a remote undeveloped valley in the mountains north of Kathmandu where education, health care, transportation and telecommunication are lacking.  If there are schools, they don’t provide stationery, qualified teachers, classroom furniture, or textbooks. Most people are uneducated, so there is no awareness of health and hygiene. The people of Yolmo (Helambu in Nepali) are Sherpa. They came from Tibet about 400 years ago and still preserve much of the language and culture. They are devout Buddhists.

Tsering Gyurme’s parents are subsistence farmers. Uneducated, their lives are miserable and frustrating; it is a hand to mouth existence. They had no hope for their children to escape from poverty or to get good education, enough food, or health care.  Illiteracy and backward thinking ruins the kids’ lives through child labour and childhood marriage.

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