The Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's Schools for Himalayan Children - Main and Branch Schools
What's New at SMD Schools
|CHANGE LIVES, GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION - SPONSOR A CHILD|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION: BRIINGING IT BACK TO THE HIMALAYAS- Stories about SMDers Tsewang Choden B330 and Pur Yudon B338 who are teaching in Lhi village written by Daniel Haran and Jane Marshall. Here's something from Daniel's account "It's a long and dangerous route up the Nubri Valley. Today one of the hostel teachers told me of surviving a bus accident on his way back; 6 people on board died. Tsewang Choden B330 is going back to Lhi tomorrow, taking that very same route."|
|KID'S CORNER: Interviews with Tenzin Lhamo n170, Bikash Lama D501, Tenzin Lhazom B364a - Three of our grade 8 and 9 kids answer questions about: where they are from, when they came to SMD, what their favorite subjects are, what they like about SMD and their dreams for the future.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION: SMDers Teaching in Lhi - At Thrangu Rinpoche's urging, and with the help of friends in Canada who raised a fund called Himalayan Teachers Project, we are helping SMDers finish high school and do an undergraduate degree so they can teach. HTP has been ticking along nicely and we're on our third set of Reading Angels sent up into the Himalayas. In the last year or so, we've hooked up with a group called Hope Alliance (HA). They're enlarging the school in Lhi up to Class 6 and with community support, are building a hostel so kids can board.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION: Pasang Lhamo B017 and the Lho Village School- Pasang Lhamo B017 finished Class 10 in spring 2012. SMD is extremely crowded and to Pasang’s keen disappointment, she was not selected to stay with us as a “Senior”. She decided to return to her village in Gorkha district to give service for a year. Lama Sonam Dorje Rinpoche (who is also from Lho village) was instrumental in shaping Pasang’s decision. Although the school building isn't finished yet, Pasang decided to teach the children and the villagers about hygiene.|
|SCHOOL LIFE: Kids Open Canteen to Inspire Acts of Kindness- SMD kids have opened a school canteen. Kids do the sales, stock inventory, manage the token system (teaching all the school to practice acts of kindness) all by themselves. We use plastic tokens, which children can earn for unsolicited acts of kindness (bodhicitta...helping others, as the Buddha taught). This system also teaches children who come from cashless villages how a monetary system works.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Hope Alliance Work Experience Project: SMD has been working with an Australian NGO for the past few years. Jodi and Phil have brought their original musical s' Plat to SMD where the kids learned how to put on the production. Jodi and Phil who founded Hope Alliance have also gone into the Himalayas to see what the needs are there. Hope Alliance has also been mentoring SMDers. In April, several kids and Pema Norbu flew to Australia for a work experience programme. Here's their report.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Scholarship Winners: We stories about some of our scholarship winners including:Dawa Pashi Sherpa in the the third year of Bachelor’s program at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on a full Davis Scholarship, Tsewang Bhuti who is studying for a Master of Education at St Lawrence University in NY, Tashi Wangmo Sherpa who is studying Sociology and Criminology at King's College at the University of Western Ontario, Nangsal Lhamo Lama who is in her second year at Quest University in Squamish BC, Sonam Dolma Sherpa who just graduated with a Bachelor's degree from College of Idaho,|
|HOW YOU CAN HELP: Nepal to You is an online shopping site which sells handicrafts and goods that are made in Nepal by Nepali locals. It is an initiative of Hope Alliance. (Hope alliance is a 'not for profit' incorporated association based in Australia). Nepal to You gives opportunities to Nepali locals and the profit from goes to developing and supporting educational opportunities for Himalayan children in Lhi Village, Nubri, in Gorkha district.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Scholarship Winners: We have stories about more of our scholarship winners including: Sangmo Sherpa who is currently in Portugal doing theInternational Baccalaureate program (IB) at St. Julian's School, Dechen Dolma Lama who is in Zurich at the Inter-community School also doing the International Baccalaureate program (IB), Pur Tenzin Sherpa who is studying Electronic Engineering at Simon Fraser University, Dawa Dolma who is working at Fulton State Hospital (Mental hospital) in Missouri State, Pema Chodron who completed her IB Diploma in 2012 and got a scholarship at Luther College which is in Iowa state, Decorah city|
|SCHOOL LIFE - Hard Times in Nepal: The tsunami of global economic failure hit Nepal. Combined with the ineptitude and venality of politicians, it is a failing state. We've continued to pay our staff as much as we can but this year, we just can't keep up with the need. We have an interview with one of our 'Amala' support staff Anjali Tamang.|
|SCHOOL LIFE - SMD kids clean up on World Environment Day: A selection of photos of SMD kids including the Eco Club in action.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Scholarship Winners Lhakpa Dolma: My name is Lhakpa Dolma. I graduated from Shree Mangal Dvip School (SMD) in 2010 and stayed on a year gap volunteering and then I got a scholarship in Melbourne, Australia at Ivanhoe Grammar School, one the best schools in Victoria. I am now in Year 11 doing IB International Baccalaureate which is quite a challenging course.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Scholarship Winners Karma Choying Gurung: As for my studies, the second semester of my 3rd term is over. I got my grades, 3.7 out of 4.0 GPA. Right now, I am taking a summer course, plant taxonomy. It is a very fun class: we get to go out of class and learn about the richness of plant diversity here in Missouri. Dr. Mike Amspoker who is my professor is truly an inspirational person, a scientist. He is also the discoverer of a new species called Nephroneis macintirei Amspoker. Above all, the best thing about him is that he is a nice person.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Scholarship Winners Sangita Rai: I joined Red Cross Nordic United World College, Norway in 2011 to pursue two years of International Baccalaureate program, which was a completely new start after SMD School. Being in an international school I have learned a lot about different cultures around the world and I also shared my culture with them. I always felt proud to be the representatives of my country and my culture.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION A Shakedown at Kathmandu Airport: A report from a host mum, Karen Adair. Along with their two kids, Keith and Karen were escorting two SMD scholarship-bound kids, Chaynga Sherpa B021a and Urgen Dorje Lama B413 to Thailand (first stop) and to their final destination in Red Deer, Alberta where the boys will do Grades 11 and 12 on the IB diploma programme at Lindsay Thurber School.|
|HOW YOU CAN HELP - An Interview with a SMD Mum Dechen Choygal's Story: Dechen Chogyal is the younger sister of the last Dabsang Rinpoche. She lives very simply in Dabsang Monastery. She did something extremely rare in Nepal. She adopted two children in spite of having no money. Along the way she encountered many difficulties.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Scholarship Winners Yangchen Drolkar: I came to Shree Mangal Dvip in 2000. I am originally from Tsum Valley, Gorkha. Tsum Valley popularly known as the "Hidden Valley" surrounded by the Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north. A sacred valley with various monasteries and well known Milarepa's cave.|
|ON-GOING EDUCATION - Scholarship Kids and Seniors Putting on Appreciation Day: By the end of summer 2012, SMD will have placed 38 students on scholarships overseas. Most take up two year scholarships at independent schools, where they finish Grades 11 & 12, and then (if they can get scholarships) they go on to university.|
|HOW YOU CAN HELP - Interviews with New Kids, May 2012: We’ve taken in more than 60 new kids (not all boarders). Our “Seniors” interviewed some of the boarders to find out how they like their new school. None of these kids are sponsored yet. I have made lots of friends who help me when I need. I have made friends with Thularam and Tsewang Gyurme. -Pema Tsewang B12.26|
This website is divided into six sections, in order to help you navigate, brief summaries and links are provided immediately below.
In 1987, Thrangu Rinpoche founded SMD Boarding School near the Great Stupa in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal to serve the needs of children from the Himalayas where there are no schools. In 2002, Rinpoche opened SMD Branch School for Monks to relieve crowding at the main school. To learn more...
Rinpoche’s long-term aim is 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. To learn more...
For the 11 years, SMD has scored a 100% pass rate in national Class 10 School Leaving Certifcate (SLC) exams. This year the national pass rate was 55.5%; SMDers eclipsed that! To learn more...
Thrangu Rinpoche's schools serve the needs of children who come from the far north of Nepal. The areas these kids come from are high altitude, and subject to climate extremes. In Himalayan villages, there are no roads, no electricity, no telecommunication, no running water, no sanitation, no health care and no schools. To learn more...
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Both the main and branch schools rely upon the support of our sponors to cover all of their operating and building expenses. You can help by sponsoring in one of a number of ways - kids who board at the school or come for the day, a monk at the main school or the branch school. To learn more...
We have many stories written by the kids about their lives at SMD. Here's a sample: SMD is a new and a wonderful world for many poor students like us. It has given us things we never imagined. As many of us are from remote places like Dolpa, Nubri, Tsum, Manang, etc., we were ignorant of sophisticated technology like electricity, computers and transportation. To read more kid's stories