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COVID-19 Update – Sept. 2020

SMD School teaches in villages during COVID-19

Schools across Nepal are still closed Across Nepal, schools have been closed for five months. Even though public schools are not offering any education, not even online, teachers are getting paid. Private schools were trying to offer online instruction, but the government didn’t allow them to charge tuition for it; so, staff didn’t get paid and classes had to stop. …

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COVID-19 Update – June 2020

SMD School COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends of SMD School, Like all schools in Nepal, SMD School has been closed since March 27 and we sent all our children home to their villages where it is safer for them (speaking from a pandemic perspective). See SMD’s COVID-19 May update for more details. The National Board exams (aka Secondary Education Examinations or SEE’s) for Grade 10 …

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COVID-19 UPDATE – MAY 2020

Young monks at SMD School during COVID-19

Nepal is still in lockdown and for now, SMD School is closed until the Ministry of Education allows schools in Nepal to reopen. At the end of March, we had moved up our final exams so that many of our children were able to finish final exams. Following, we officially had to close the school on March 27th as Nepal’s …

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Thrangu Rinpoche gives Prayer

Thrangu Rinpoche gives Covid-19 prayer

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche gives prayer and advice during the Coronavirus Pandemic (with English subtitles). Watch video on YouTube. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche gives prayer and advice during the Coronavirus Pandemic (with Chinese subtitles)

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SMD’ers Have Best Teeth in Nepal!

Global Dental Relief at SMD School

SMD School Students Have Best Teeth in Nepal!   Global Dental Relief (GDR) began working in Nepal in 2001 when a small group of volunteers brought dental care to 450 children at the Shree Mangal Dvip School (SMD) in Kathmandu.  Since then SMD has hosted 69 week-long clinics at the school, allowing GDR volunteers to treat tens of thousands of …

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Covid-19 Update from SMD School

SMD School prepares for COVID-19

Dear friends and supporters of SMD School near and far: We’d like to send you all a heartfelt Tashi Delek and a brief update on our situation at SMD in Kathmandu. We’re all fine at this stage. We closed SMD School to outsiders over two weeks ago and everyone coming inside (including nuns, monks, other day scholars and staff) have …

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New Song: Pray for the World

Pray For the World - Music Seeds International & SMD School, Kathmandu

Ross Green of Music Seeds International has done it again! This is his third song-writing/recording project with SMD School students in Kathmandu, resulting in “Pray for the World,” just released in time for Losar (Tibetan New Year)! As usual, the students chose the topic and wrote the lyrics. Check out Thrangu Band perform their new song with Ross: Ross also …

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Healthcare for Nar Phu Villages

Opening of new health clinic in Nar Phu

SMD School alumna, Choden Yangchen Lama, worked with Dr. Gosia Trubshaw to reopen the clinic in Choden’s home village of Nar in the District of Manang. Following is a report of Dr. Gosia and a short film that exemplifies the background of the Himalayan Children at SMD School. *** MEDyARTE Charity has recently reopened Thrangu Rinpoche’s Nar Satek Monastery Clinic …

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Thrangu Express ~ SMD’s Student Paper

SMD School Thrangu Express

SMD Students have created their own newspaper for all friends, family and supporters to enjoy. Click on the latest issue and enjoy the read! December 2019: Issue 02 September 2019: Issue 01 Jan-Feb 2018: Issue 07 December 2017: Issue 06 November 2017: Issue 05 September 2017: Issue 04 August 2017: Issue 03 July 2017: Issue 02 June 2017: Issue 01

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Pasang reflects on SMD School

Senior student reflects on SMD School

Thrangu Rinpoche established SMD School to help Himalayan children preserve their own language, their culture and their Buddhist way of life. He encourages our students to go into education and healthcare—both sorely lacking in the mountains of Nepal. And, another triumph! Pasang Lhamo Lama B017 is leaving us to work on a degree in Public Health. She writes: “Subject: Thank …

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Dolma Tsering’s Experience at ISAK

Dolma Tsering from Gorkha disrict is an SMD alumna. She won a scholarship at the International School of Asia Karuizawa (ISAK) in Japan to finish her grade 11 and 12 studies, pursuing an IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma. Right now, she is back at SMD for the summer break and shared her grade 11 experience with us. The first few days …