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The SMD Boarding School, founded by Thrangu Rinpoche, is located in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal is a small boarding and day school set to serve the needs of children from the Himalayas where there are no schools. The Branch School is at Namo Buddha, on the rim of the Kathmandu valley, about two hours away from the Kathmandu valley.
Nepal is the poorest, hungriest country in Asia. It has the lowest literacy rates, and one of the highest child mortality rates in the world. There is little infrastructure, and none in remote mountain villages where people live without roads, electricity, telephones, sanitation, running water, hospitals or schools. Exclusion, abject poverty and hunger erupted into civil war and the killing and destruction raged for ten years, leaving everyone affected. As the fighting spread, the schools were inundated with admission requests.
The founder and head of the SMD schools, Rinpoche, has the long-term aim to preserve the culture, language and the Buddhist way of life of the Himalayas, and to give Himalayan children the tools to build a better future, so they can help their own people when they grow up. Many of the children who attend the school (as young as 4 years old) rarely ever see their Mothers and Fathers and are not only educated, but raised in the school environment, as their families are so poor and live so remotely, that they feel this is the only promising chance for their child in this world.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are many ways to help these children and their selfless teachers, from buying and donating school books from their Amazon Wishlist, to donating funds that go towards new play equipment, running shoes, blankets, school excursions and medicine. You can also sponsor a child whether he/she is a boarding student, a day student or a monk, ensuring the school is able to fully educate the child without financial stress or worry for the entire year.
Please go to their website and browse through the many suggestions they have- no donation or gift is too small.
If you would like to sponsor a child, but feel you cannot afford the yearly cost (between $300 and $800AUD/year) please email me directly (ecomilf[at]me.com), if there is enough interest, I would love to organize a group of generous bloggers who are willing to raise some funds together in order to sponsor a child (or perhaps even children).
I have enquired about making gifts such as blankets, slippers, pajamas etc. but because the Nepalese government and postal services are so corrupt, I have been told that all gifts that are sent will be confiscated and rarely arrive safely.
Thank you for reading and taking a minute out of your day for the children and for the future of their culture,