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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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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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Reflections from Junu Dimdung

Junu Dimdung

My name is Junu Dimdung. I am a proud graduate of Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School (SMD) in Nepal and Shawnigan Lake School in BC, Canada. Unlike many children at SMD who come from the high Himalayas in northern Nepal, I am from a destitute village named Mankawnpur Gadhi in the southern part of Nepal, where there was no electricity, …

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Accepting over 40 new kids

SMD School students finished their last day of the 2018 – 2019 school year on April 5th. We had the best exam results this year for years. Every year, after finishing the “Iron Gate” exams, our Class 10 kids go on pilgrimage to the Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini. Their escort and teacher was our nyerpa (monk manager) Tashi Gyatso. The same …

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Richard climbs Everest for SMD

Richard Dale Everest Fundraising Climb

Richard Dale, a former host dad of one of our alums in Switzerland, is coming back to Nepal end of March to join an expedition to climb Mt. Everest. This climb will be his second attempt to summit the final of the “7 summits”. He has spent the last eight years training and travelling to all seven continents of the …

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Nutritionists at SMD

Holistic nutritionists, Maria and Arantza from Mexico City, came to SMD in September to share their knowledge about nutrition and meal planning. They became part of our family the moment they landed. Following is a summary of their experience: Last September, we had the extraordinary opportunity to teach holistic nutrition for four weeks at SMD School for Himalayan Children in …

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Tribute to a Mentor

Harry Pigot at SMD School

Harry Pigot first visited SMD School when he was studying at Neuchatel Junior College, a Canadian school in Switzerland. At the time, he said he’d come back when he finished an engineering degree. He finished the degree at UBC and then spent a year mentoring SMD students, co-founding Himalayan Makers’ Guild (HMG) and Code Club with Tashi Choeden Lama B716. …