Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve read through the site and still have some questions, the following FAQ’s might be helpful. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
No government in Kathmandu has ever seen fit to address their needs—Himalayan folk live without running water, sanitation and electricity. There is not enough food (close to half the children are stunted) and the people have no access to health care or education.
Thrangu Rinpoche’s aims are to help Himalayan people preserve their language, their culture and their Buddhist way of life. SMD School offers free education, housing, medical and dental care to hundreds of Himalayan children.
Also, tell your friends about us, share our website and like us on Facebook.
All monies donated to Rinpoche’s international charities get to us, but not immediately. Donated funds are accumulated in the country of origin and are wired generally once a year, because each wire transfer costs money. Once funds arrive in our account, they are converted into Nepali rupees (NRs can’t be exchanged into other currencies).
Donate (funds or food) to SMD’s Feral Cat Project – the kids are looking after 10 cats. No
one helps stray cats in Nepal.
We advise sponsors to give some small items as well as the main gift. This allows your child to share with all the other children in her/his dorm room. Small gifts which can be shared are meaningful because they allow kids who have nothing to practice generosity, as the Buddha taught.
CHILD’S NAME & ADMISSION NUMBER,
c/o SMD BOARDING SCHOOL, PO BOX 1287,
What about email correspondence?
No sorry! Our children don’t have much access to the internet—we have hundreds of children. Our computer lab is the only access they have to the internet and connections are extremely slow.
Note: We instruct our children not to ask sponsors for anything. We’ve had some cases of adults posing as SMD students in order to extort money from unsuspecting sponsors. If your child asks you for anything, please email SMD School Director Shirley Blair immediately.
Most were chosen from our Amazon Wish List and delivered through the post. Sadly, that is no longer possible because the government slapped a 10% tax on books published outside Nepal.
So here’s the workaround:
Go to Amazon Wish Lists.
Type SMD School.
Choose the book(s) you want to donate and then go to an independent book store to buy them.
Bring the books when you come visit.
Tell your friends about us.
Share our website himalayanchildren.org.
Sign up for our newsletter.
Like and share our Facebook (facebook.com/ShreeMangalDvipSchool) and Instagram pages.
Do you have any connection with an independent school that would provide a scholarship for one of our students? We are too crowded to offer Grades 11 & 12. Many independent schools overseas have generously provided full ride scholarships, enabling our students to finish high school.
For more information or to help in any way, please contact our Director, Shirley Blair.